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The 1984 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 14, 1984, honoring the best music videos from May 2, 1983, to May 2, 1984. The show was hosted by Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

1984 MTV Video Music Awards
DateFriday, September 14, 1984
LocationRadio City Music Hall, New York, New York
CountryUnited States
Hosted byDan Aykroyd and Bette Midler
Most awardsHerbie Hancock (5)
Most nominationsCyndi Lauper (9)
Television/radio coverage

Herbie Hancock was the night's biggest winner, taking home five awards, followed by Michael Jackson, who won three. The night's main award, though, went to The Cars for "You Might Think," making this the first of a very small number of times in which the winner of Video of the Year did not take home any other awards that night.

In terms of nominations, Hancock's "Rockit" and The Police's "Every Breath You Take" were the year's most nominated videos, with each receiving eight nominations apiece. Meanwhile, the most nominated artist of 1984 was Cyndi Lauper, who aside from winning the Best Female Video Moonman received nine nominations that year for two of her videos: six for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and three for "Time After Time."

Other major nominees that night included the aforementioned Michael Jackson and The Cars, both of whom received six nominations for their videos "Thriller" and "You Might Think," respectively; ZZ Top, who also received six nominations between their videos for "Legs," "Sharp Dressed Man," and "Gimme All Your Lovin';" and Billy Idol, who got five nominations for "Dancing with Myself" and "Eyes Without a Face." Lastly, David Bowie had four nominations for his "China Girl" and "Modern Love" videos, and he was also one of the night's honorees for the Video Vanguard award.


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the YearEdit

The Cars – "You Might Think"

Best Male VideoEdit

David Bowie – "China Girl"

Best Female VideoEdit

Cyndi Lauper – "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"

Best Group VideoEdit

ZZ Top – "Legs"

Best New Artist in a VideoEdit

Eurythmics – "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"

Best Concept VideoEdit

Herbie Hancock – "Rockit"

Most Experimental VideoEdit

Herbie Hancock – "Rockit"

Best Stage Performance in a VideoEdit

Van Halen – "Jump"

Best Overall Performance in a VideoEdit

Michael Jackson – "Thriller"

Best Direction in a VideoEdit

ZZ Top – "Sharp Dressed Man" (Director: Tim Newman)

Best Choreography in a VideoEdit

Michael Jackson – "Thriller" (Choreographers: Michael Jackson and Michael Peters)

Best Special Effects in a VideoEdit

Herbie Hancock – "Rockit" (Special Effects: Godley & Creme)

Best Art Direction in a VideoEdit

Herbie Hancock – "Rockit" (Art Directors: Jim Whiting and Godley & Creme)

Best Editing in a VideoEdit

Herbie Hancock – "Rockit" (Editors: Roo Aiken and Godley & Creme)

Best Cinematography in a VideoEdit

The Police – "Every Breath You Take" (Director of Photography: Daniel Pearl)

Viewer's ChoiceEdit

Michael Jackson – "Thriller"

Video Vanguard AwardEdit

The Beatles
David Bowie
Richard Lester

Special Recognition AwardEdit

Quincy Jones [1]


Madonna performed "Like a Virgin" as she emerged from a 17-foot wedding cake gowned in a wedding dress. Not long into the performance, Madonna accidentally kicked off one of her white high heel shoes and she rolled around on the ground in order to cover up the mistake. She told Billboard after the incident, "So I thought, 'Well, I'll just pretend I meant to do this,' and I dove onto the floor and I rolled around".[2] Other performances included:



  1. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". 2000-03-01. Archived from the original on 2000-03-01. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
  2. ^ "Here's The Wardrobe Malfunction That Made Madonna's 'Like A Virgin' VMA Performance Legendary". MTV News. Retrieved 2017-12-14.

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