Home Forums Music Biggest VMA upsets of all time

Biggest VMA upsets of all time

CREATE A NEW TOPIC
CREATE A NEW POLL
Viewing 13 posts - 16 through 28 (of 28 total)
Created
3 months ago
Last Reply
1 month ago
27
replies
2662
views
19
users
Andresg770
4
Emmyfan
3
Andrew Stan
3
  • Andresg770
    Participant
    Joined:
    Nov 17th, 2010
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202592159

    One that just came to mind for me was Aaliyah beating both Christina and Britney (and even Macy, who won BNA) for Best Female Video back in the year 2000.

    However, I wasn’t sure if it was a true upset: I didn’t live in the US back then, so for all I know Aaliyah was just as big a name here. But for me and I’m sure most people in Latin America, that was a big upset. (I mean, Ricky Martin even mispronounced her name when he announced her win…)

    ReplyCopy URL
    circa 1993
    Participant
    Joined:
    Nov 6th, 2010
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202592558

    Britney Spears losing every single year until 2008. “…Baby One More Time”, “I’m a Slave 4 U”, and “Toxic” are iconic music videos.

    ReplyCopy URL
    ENGLAND
    Participant
    Joined:
    Oct 5th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202592568

    One that just came to mind for me was Aaliyah beating both Christina and Britney (and even Macy, who won BNA) for Best Female Video back in the year 2000.

    However, I wasn’t sure if it was a true upset: I didn’t live in the US back then, so for all I know Aaliyah was just as big a name here. But for me and I’m sure most people in Latin America, that was a big upset. (I mean, Ricky Martin even mispronounced her name when he announced her win…)

    Britney and Christina had bigger names, but I think they went with the bigger song. It was very competitive.

    ReplyCopy URL
    kingofrapmusic17
    Participant
    Joined:
    Aug 2nd, 2013
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202597021

    – *NSYNC losing Viewer’s Choice in 1999 and Best Pop Video in 1999 and 2002.
    – Justin Bieber beating Eminem for Best Male Video in 2011.
    – Lady Gaga beating Eminem for Video of the Year in 2010.
    – Bruno Mars beating Justin Timberlake for Best Male Video in 2013.
    – Pink beating Justin Timberlake for Best Collaboration in 2013.
    – Rihanna beating Justin Timberlake for Video of the Year in 2007.
    – Michael Jackson losing Video of the Year in 1984 and 1989.
    – Madonna beating Michael Jackson for Viewer’s Choice in 1989.
    – Drake beating Eminem for Best Hip-Hop Video in 2014.
    – Taylor Swift beating Bruno Mars for Video of the Year and Best Pop Video in 2015.

    ReplyCopy URL
    Andrew Stan
    Participant
    Joined:
    Mar 20th, 2018
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202598449

    Lady Gaga beating Eminem for Video of the Year in 2010

    Taylor Swift beating Bruno Mars for Video of the Year and Best Pop Video in 2015.

    Nah, Bad Romance and Bad Blood deserve VOTY. That’s not a snub

    ReplyCopy URL
    Emmyfan
    Participant
    Joined:
    Nov 26th, 2010
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202602272

    One that just came to mind for me was Aaliyah beating both Christina and Britney (and even Macy, who won BNA) for Best Female Video back in the year 2000.

    However, I wasn’t sure if it was a true upset: I didn’t live in the US back then, so for all I know Aaliyah was just as big a name here. But for me and I’m sure most people in Latin America, that was a big upset. (I mean, Ricky Martin even mispronounced her name when he announced her win…)

    Ricky Martin is not the first and won’t be the last to mispronounce a nominee’s name. That is a pet peeve of mine. The nominees for Best Female video were in 2000 were:

    Aaliyah – “Try Again”
    Christina Aguilera – “What a Girl Wants”
    Toni Braxton – “He Wasn’t Man Enough”
    Macy Gray – “I Try”
    Britney Spears – “Oops!…I Did It Again”

    I did not consider it an upset that Aaliyah and it was great to see Aaliyah get recognized.

    ReplyCopy URL
    Carla Mendoza
    Participant
    Joined:
    Aug 8th, 2018
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202604936

    “Naughty Girl” winning over “Toxic”. It goes to show how rigged the MTV VMAs was. Britney did not show up and they give all awards she was nominated for to other lessers.

    ReplyCopy URL
    circa 1993
    Participant
    Joined:
    Nov 6th, 2010
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202605605

    One that just came to mind for me was Aaliyah beating both Christina and Britney (and even Macy, who won BNA) for Best Female Video back in the year 2000.

    However, I wasn’t sure if it was a true upset: I didn’t live in the US back then, so for all I know Aaliyah was just as big a name here. But for me and I’m sure most people in Latin America, that was a big upset. (I mean, Ricky Martin even mispronounced her name when he announced her win…)

    Ricky Martin is not the first and won’t be the last to mispronounce a nominee’s name. That is a pet peeve of mine. The nominees for Best Female video were in 2000 were:

    Aaliyah – “Try Again”
    Christina Aguilera – “What a Girl Wants”
    Toni Braxton – “He Wasn’t Man Enough”
    Macy Gray – “I Try”
    Britney Spears – “Oops!…I Did It Again”

    I did not consider it an upset that Aaliyah and it was great to see Aaliyah get recognized.

    Aaliyah deserved her award. Britney & Xtina split votes, Macy won BNA, & Toni had the veteran slot.

    Let’s not forget that “Try Again” broke records on radio and was nominated (and won) in other categories that year.

    ReplyCopy URL
    Andresg770
    Participant
    Joined:
    Nov 17th, 2010
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202605879

    One that just came to mind for me was Aaliyah beating both Christina and Britney (and even Macy, who won BNA) for Best Female Video back in the year 2000.

    However, I wasn’t sure if it was a true upset: I didn’t live in the US back then, so for all I know Aaliyah was just as big a name here. But for me and I’m sure most people in Latin America, that was a big upset. (I mean, Ricky Martin even mispronounced her name when he announced her win…)

    Ricky Martin is not the first and won’t be the last to mispronounce a nominee’s name. That is a pet peeve of mine. The nominees for Best Female video were in 2000 were:

    Aaliyah – “Try Again”
    Christina Aguilera – “What a Girl Wants”
    Toni Braxton – “He Wasn’t Man Enough”
    Macy Gray – “I Try”
    Britney Spears – “Oops!…I Did It Again”

    I did not consider it an upset that Aaliyah and it was great to see Aaliyah get recognized.

    Aaliyah deserved her award. Britney & Xtina split votes, Macy won BNA, & Toni had the veteran slot.

    Let’s not forget that “Try Again” broke records on radio and was nominated (and won) in other categories that year.

    My point in bringing up Ricky Martin’s flub was that I felt it reflected how unknown Aaliyah was in Latin America. (Ricky clearly had no clue who she was, given that he still mispronounced her name despite hearing it in the nominee package seconds before.)

    So for some of the global audience watching the VMAs, I’d say seeing someone beat both Britney and Xtina must’ve felt like an upset.

    And since the only other award Aaliyah won that year was a minor one (Best Video from a Film, which they presented on the red carpet), I don’t know how evident her stardom was for certain audiences abroad.

    ReplyCopy URL
    Emmyfan
    Participant
    Joined:
    Nov 26th, 2010
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202607538

    Ricky Martin was not the first and not the last to mispronounce the name of a winner/nominee.

    One of the worst was Howie Mandel mispronouncing Rue McClanahan’s name at the 1987 Emmy awards. Rue was on a top 10 hit show and was very popular.

    I do think that it is tacky to mispronounce the nominees and winner of a category.

    ReplyCopy URL
    Andresg770
    Participant
    Joined:
    Nov 17th, 2010
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202612438

    WatchMojo just did a Top 10 Video about this topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwYgmOygEK8

    This was their list:

    10. Black Eyed Peas (“My Humps”) over Kanye West (“Gold Digger”) in 2006 [Hip-Hop]
    9. Dire Straits (“Money for Nothing”) over a-ha (“Take on Me”) in 1986 [VOTY]
    8. Rihanna (“Umbrella”) over Justice (“D.A.N.C.E.”) in 2007 [VOTY]
    7. Green Day (“Boulevard of Broken Dreams”) over Kanye West (“Jesus Walks”) in 2005 [VOTY]
    6. “Lady Marmalade” over Fatboy Slim (“Weapon of Choice”) in 2001 [VOTY]
    5. Taylor Swift (“You Belong with Me”) over Beyoncé (“Single Ladies”) in 2009 [Female]
    4. Aerosmith (“Cryin'”) over Beastie Boys (“Sabotage”) in 1994 [VOTY, Group, Viewer’s Choice]
    3. Neil Young (“This Note’s for You”) over Madonna (“Like a Prayer”) in 1989 [VOTY]
    2. Van Halen (“Right Now”) over Nirvana (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”) in 1992 [VOTY]
    1. Michael Jackson (“Thriller”) over The Cars (“You Might Think”) in 1984 [VOTY]

    Honorable Mentions:
    * Tokio Hotel (“Ready, Set, Go!”) over Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Miley Cyrus in 2008 [BNA]
    * Katy Perry (“Firework”) over Adele (“Rolling in the Deep”) in 2011 [VOTY]
    * Miley Cyrus (“Wrecking Ball”) over Sia (“Chandelier”) in 2014 [VOTY]

    ***Honestly, they should’ve said BEP over Common (“Testify”) for #10…

    ReplyCopy URL
    SHT L
    Participant
    Joined:
    Feb 7th, 2017
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202624042

    One big one that hit me as a kid was Prodigy – “Breathe” winning Viewer’s Choice in 1997 over Jewel – “You Were Meant for Me”; Puff Daddy (featuring Faith Evans and 112) – “I’ll Be Missing You”; Spice Girls – “Say You’ll Be There”; and The Wallflowers – “One Headlight”.

    In retrospect, this was actually a GREAT choice, but I was an elementary school kid at the time and where I was from, NOBODY heard of Prodigy, especially if you were kid. The Wallflowers and Jewel were all over the radio constantly, I was from an urban neighborhood so Puff Daddy’s song was HUGE as was Biggie’s death; and we all know how big the Spice Girls were.

    The 1997 VMAs were the first VMAs I’ve watched and it holds a special place in my heart. I loved that they gave a Video Vanguard award to Mark Romanek and had a great montage sequence for him, it made me realize the Spice Girls really could not sing live (which hurt my gay little heart) which prepared me for other disappointments musically speaking, and it planted the seed for my life-long Madonna fandom (when she gave some speech about how it’s easy for us to blame the paparazzi for Princess Diana’s death but our buying culture contributed to that demand for all things Diana and then introduced Prodigy’s performance…I didn’t know at the time her studio Maverick signed them up). It also showed me that some times little known musicians (at least to me and compared to the other nominees) can win and have great videos like Jamiroquai winning Best Video. It also introduced me to Marilyn Manson and introduced me to music outside of rap/r&b that dominated my community.

    I also loved the production of the 1998 VMAs with the way they introduced the nominees with a huge montage of video clips (some clips seemed VERY vintage and out there to me in the days before YouTube). 1999 at Lincoln Center was also amazing. I thought 2000 was incredibly blah in comparison but I didn’t like the pop music coming out that permeated my adolescence (I include the pop punk like Blink 182 or the horrific Limp Bizkit in that).

    ReplyCopy URL
    Andrew Stan
    Participant
    Joined:
    Mar 20th, 2018
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #1202624109

    WatchMojo just did a Top 10 Video about this topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwYgmOygEK8 This was their list: 10. Black Eyed Peas (“My Humps”) over Kanye West (“Gold Digger”) in 2006 [Hip-Hop] 9. Dire Straits (“Money for Nothing”) over a-ha (“Take on Me”) in 1986 [VOTY] 8. Rihanna (“Umbrella”) over Justice (“D.A.N.C.E.”) in 2007 [VOTY] 7. Green Day (“Boulevard of Broken Dreams”) over Kanye West (“Jesus Walks”) in 2005 [VOTY] 6. “Lady Marmalade” over Fatboy Slim (“Weapon of Choice”) in 2001 [VOTY] 5. Taylor Swift (“You Belong with Me”) over Beyoncé (“Single Ladies”) in 2009 [Female] 4. Aerosmith (“Cryin’”) over Beastie Boys (“Sabotage”) in 1994 [VOTY, Group, Viewer’s Choice] 3. Neil Young (“This Note’s for You”) over Madonna (“Like a Prayer”) in 1989 [VOTY] 2. Van Halen (“Right Now”) over Nirvana (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”) in 1992 [VOTY] 1. Michael Jackson (“Thriller”) over The Cars (“You Might Think”) in 1984 [VOTY] Honorable Mentions: * Tokio Hotel (“Ready, Set, Go!”) over Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Miley Cyrus in 2008 [BNA] * Katy Perry (“Firework”) over Adele (“Rolling in the Deep”) in 2011 [VOTY] * Miley Cyrus (“Wrecking Ball”) over Sia (“Chandelier”) in 2014 [VOTY] ***Honestly, they should’ve said BEP over Common (“Testify”) for #10…

    Watch Mojo is basically Nicky Swift, but less trash

    ReplyCopy URL
Viewing 13 posts - 16 through 28 (of 28 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Similar Topics
Tom O'Neil - Oct 18, 2018
Music
DC95 - Oct 18, 2018
Music
Justin ... - Oct 18, 2018
Music