1986 MTV Video Music Awards

The 1986 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 5, 1986, honoring the best music videos from May 2, 1985, to May 1, 1986. The show was hosted by MTV VJs Downtown Julie Brown, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn, and Dweezil Zappa, and it emanated primarily from both The Palladium in New York City and the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Other parts of the show, however, took place in various locations such as London, Miami, and New Haven, Connecticut.

1986 MTV Video Music Awards
DateFriday, September 5, 1986
LocationUniversal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles
CountryUnited States
Hosted byDowntown Julie Brown
Mark Goodman
Alan Hunter
Martha Quinn and
Dweezil Zappa
Most awardsA-ha (8)
Most nominationsA-ha and Dire Straits (11 each)
Television/radio coverage

The night's biggest winner and one of the year's two most nominated artists was Norwegian group a-ha, which won eight out of eleven awards it was in contention for. Their video for "Take On Me" earned six awards out of eight nominations, including Viewer's Choice, while "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." won two awards out of three nominations.

The other most nominated artist was rock group Dire Straits, whose video for "Money for Nothing" also earned eleven nominations and won two awards, including Video of the Year. Thus, "Money for Nothing" was also the most nominated video at the 1986 VMAs.


List of musical performances
Artist(s) Song(s) Ref.
Robert Palmer "Addicted to Love"
The Hooters "And We Danced"
"Nervous Night"
The Monkees "I'm a Believer"
"Daydream Believer"
'Til Tuesday "What About Love"
INXS "What You Need"
Van Halen "Best of Both Worlds"
"Love Walks In"
Mr. Mister "Kyrie"
"Broken Wings"
Simply Red "Holding Back the Years"
"Money's Too Tight (To Mention)"
Whitney Houston "How Will I Know"
"Greatest Love of All"
Pet Shop Boys "Love Comes Quickly"
"West End Girls"
Tina Turner "Typical Male"
Genesis "Throwing It All Away"


Winners and nomineesEdit

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.[1]

Video of the Year Best Male Video

Dire Straits – "Money for Nothing"

Robert Palmer – "Addicted to Love"

Best Female Video Best Group Video

Whitney Houston – "How Will I Know"

Dire Straits – "Money for Nothing"

Best New Artist in a Video Best Concept Video

a-ha – "Take On Me"

a-ha – "Take On Me"

Most Experimental Video Best Stage Performance in a Video

a-ha – "Take On Me"

Bryan Adams and Tina Turner – "It's Only Love"

Best Overall Performance in a Video Best Direction in a Video

David Bowie and Mick Jagger – "Dancing in the Street"

a-ha – "Take On Me" (Director: Steven Barron)

Best Choreography in a Video Best Special Effects in a Video

Prince and The Revolution – "Raspberry Beret" (Choreographer: Prince)

a-ha – "Take On Me" (Special Effects: Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger)

Best Art Direction in a Video Best Editing in a Video

ZZ Top – "Rough Boy" (Art Director: Ron Cobb)

a-ha – "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." (Editor: David Yardley)

Best Cinematography in a Video Viewer's Choice

a-ha – "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." (Director of Photography: Oliver Stapleton)

a-ha – "Take On Me"

Video Vanguard Award
Zbigniew Rybczyński
Special Recognition Award[2]
Bill Graham
Jack Healey

Other appearancesEdit

  • Adam Whittaker – accepted the Best Editing and Best Cinematography awards on behalf of David Yardley and Oliver Stapleton
  • Grace Jones – accepted the Best Overall Performance award on behalf of David Bowie and Mick Jagger
  • Simon Fields – accepted the Best Direction award on behalf of Steve Barron
  • Rod Stewart – appeared in a pre-commercial vignette via satellite

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