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The 1991 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 5, 1991, honoring the best music videos from June 2, 1990, to June 15, 1991. The show was hosted by Arsenio Hall at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

1991 MTV Video Music Awards
1991 MTV VMA Logo.png
DateThursday, September 5, 1991
LocationUniversal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles
CountryUnited States
Hosted byArsenio Hall
Television/radio coverage

This year saw the introduction of a new category, Best Long Form Video; however, this category would not be handed out again until the 2016 ceremony where it was renamed Breakthrough Long Form Video. Meanwhile, the award for Best Post-Modern Video was renamed Best Alternative Video, and The Video Vanguard Award was renamed the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in honor of Michael Jackson′s contributions to the culture of music videos.

R.E.M. led the night both in awards and in nominations. Their video for "Losing My Religion" not only won Video of the Year, but it also took home a total of six awards, making them the biggest winners of the night. Furthermore, R.E.M.'s ten nominations also made them the most nominated artist that night and "Losing My Religion" the most nominated video of the night.



Winners are in bold text.

Video of the YearEdit

R.E.M. – "Losing My Religion"

Best Male VideoEdit

Chris Isaak – "Wicked Game (Concept)"

Best Female VideoEdit

Janet Jackson – "Love Will Never Do (Without You)"

Best Group VideoEdit

R.E.M. – "Losing My Religion"

Best New Artist in a VideoEdit

Jesus Jones – "Right Here, Right Now"

Best Metal/Hard Rock VideoEdit

Aerosmith – "The Other Side"

Best Rap VideoEdit

LL Cool J – "Mama Said Knock You Out"

Best Dance VideoEdit

C+C Music Factory – "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"

Best Alternative VideoEdit

Jane's Addiction – "Been Caught Stealing"

Best Video from a FilmEdit

Chris Isaak – "Wicked Game" (from Wild at Heart)

Best Long Form VideoEdit

MadonnaThe Immaculate Collection

Breakthrough VideoEdit

R.E.M. – "Losing My Religion"

Best Direction in a VideoEdit

R.E.M. – "Losing My Religion" (Director: Tarsem)

Best Choreography in a VideoEdit

C+C Music Factory – "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (Choreographer: Jamale Graves)

Best Special Effects in a VideoEdit

Faith No More – "Falling to Pieces" (Special Effects: David Faithfull and Ralph Ziman)

Best Art Direction in a VideoEdit

R.E.M. – "Losing My Religion" (Art Director: José Montaño)

Best Editing in a VideoEdit

R.E.M. – "Losing My Religion" (Editor: Robert Duffy)

Best Cinematography in a VideoEdit

Chris Isaak – "Wicked Game (Concept)" (Director of Photography: Rolf Kestermann)

Viewer's ChoiceEdit

Queensrÿche – "Silent Lucidity"

International Viewer's Choice AwardsEdit

MTV AsiaEdit

Cui Jian – "Wild in the Snow"

  • Kenny Bee – "Be Brave to Love"
  • Bird – "Prik Kee Noo"
  • Chris Ho – "Fictional Stuff"

MTV AustraliaEdit

Yothu Yindi – "Treaty (Filthy Lucre Mix)"

MTV BrasilEdit

Sepultura – "Orgasmatron"

MTV EuropeEdit

Roxette – "Joyride"

MTV InternacionalEdit

Franco De Vita – "No Basta"

MTV JapanEdit

Flipper's Guitar – "Groove Tube"

  • no other nominees listed

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard AwardEdit

Bon Jovi
Wayne Isham



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