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The 1988 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 7, 1988, honoring the best music videos from May 2, 1987, to April 1, 1988. The show was hosted by Arsenio Hall at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. [1]

1988 MTV Video Music Awards
DateWednesday, September 7, 1988
LocationUniversal Amphitheatre,
Los Angeles
CountryUnited States
Hosted byArsenio Hall
Television/radio coverage

Australian group INXS was the night's biggest winner and nominee, taking home five awards out of nine nominations. The group's awards included Video of the Year and Viewer's Choice, making this the very first of few times in which the same artist and video took home these two awards in the one night. INXS's nominations, meanwhile, totaled up to nine: eight for "Need You Tonight/Mediate" (making it the year's most nominated video) and one for "Devil Inside".

In the meantime, George Harrison and U2 were tied in for second place in terms of nominations, as each picked up eight nominations that year. Furthermore, both artists split their nominations between two different videos in 1988, and at least once both of their videos competed against one another in the same category (and so did INXS's videos).

Finally, this year's show saw the elimination of another category, as the award for Best Overall Performance in a Video was not handed out this year or ever again. At the same time, the category of Most Experimental Video was renamed "Breakthrough Video", a name that it still keeps (as of the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards).



Winners are in bold text.

Video of the YearEdit

INXS – "Need You Tonight/Mediate"

Best Male VideoEdit

Prince (featuring Sheena Easton) – "U Got the Look"

Best Female VideoEdit

Suzanne Vega – "Luka"

Best Group VideoEdit

INXS – "Need You Tonight/Mediate"

Best New Artist in a VideoEdit

Guns N' Roses – "Welcome to the Jungle"

Best Concept VideoEdit

Pink Floyd – "Learning to Fly"

Best Video from a FilmEdit

Los Lobos – "La Bamba" (from La Bamba)

Breakthrough VideoEdit

INXS – "Need You Tonight/Mediate"

Best Stage Performance in a VideoEdit

Prince (featuring Sheena Easton) – "U Got the Look"

Best Direction in a VideoEdit

George Michael – "Father Figure" (Directors: Andy Morahan and George Michael)

Best Choreography in a VideoEdit

Janet Jackson – "The Pleasure Principle" (Choreographer: Barry Lather)

Best Special Effects in a VideoEdit

Squeeze – "Hourglass" (Special Effects: Jim Francis and Dave Barton)

Best Art Direction in a VideoEdit

Squeeze – "Hourglass" (Art Directors: Clive Crotty and Mick Edwards)

Best Editing in a VideoEdit

INXS – "Need You Tonight/Mediate" (Editor: Richard Lowenstein)

Best Cinematography in a VideoEdit

Sting – "We'll Be Together" (Director of Photography: Bill Pope)

Viewer's ChoiceEdit

INXS – "Need You Tonight/Mediate"

Video Vanguard AwardEdit

Michael Jackson



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