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The 1993 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 2, 1993, honoring the best music videos from June 16, 1992, to June 15, 1993. The show was hosted by Christian Slater at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. This would be Kurt Cobain's final VMA appearance.

1993 MTV Video Music Awards
DateThursday, September 2, 1993
LocationGibson Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Hosted byChristian Slater
Television/radio coverage

This year marked the introduction of yet another new category with the addition of Best R&B Video ballot. However, this would be the first time that a new award was added to the list of genre categories, a move that was mainly propelled by the success and popularity of MTV Jams.

The night's biggest winner was Pearl Jam, whose video for "Jeremy" earned four awards that night, including Video of the Year. Closely following were En Vogue with three Moonmen and Madonna and Peter Gabriel with two awards apiece. All other winners took one award each.

Meanwhile, in terms of nominations R&B group En Vogue and their video for "Free Your Mind" were the most nominated act and video (respectively) that night, receiving a total of eight nominations. The second most nominated artists of the night were Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith, and R.E.M., who received six nominations that night. Gabriel split his six nominations evenly between his videos for "Digging in the Dirt" and "Steam." All of R.E.M.'s nominations went to their video for "Man on the Moon." Lastly, Aerosmith, the winners of the Viewer's Choice award, received six nominations for their clip "Livin' on the Edge."


Winners and nominationsEdit

Winners are in bold text.

Video of the YearEdit

Pearl Jam – "Jeremy"

Best Male VideoEdit

Lenny Kravitz – "Are You Gonna Go My Way"

Best Female VideoEdit

k.d. lang – "Constant Craving"

Best Group VideoEdit

Pearl Jam – "Jeremy"

Best New Artist in a VideoEdit

Stone Temple Pilots – "Plush"

Best Metal/Hard Rock VideoEdit

Pearl Jam – "Jeremy"

Best R&B VideoEdit

En Vogue – "Free Your Mind"

Best Rap VideoEdit

Arrested Development – "People Everyday"

Best Dance VideoEdit

En Vogue – "Free Your Mind"

Best Alternative VideoEdit

Nirvana – "In Bloom"

Best Video from a FilmEdit

Alice in Chains – "Would?" (from Singles)

Breakthrough VideoEdit

Los Lobos – "Kiko and the Lavender Moon"

Best Direction in a VideoEdit

Pearl Jam – "Jeremy" (Director: Mark Pellington)

Best Choreography in a VideoEdit

En Vogue – "Free Your Mind" (Choreographers: Frank Gatson, LaVelle Smith Jnr and Travis Payne)

Best Special Effects in a VideoEdit

Peter Gabriel – "Steam" (Special Effects: Real World Productions and (Colossal) Pictures)

Best Art Direction in a VideoEdit

Madonna – "Rain" (Art Director: Jan Peter Flack)

Best Editing in a VideoEdit

Peter Gabriel – "Steam" (Editor: Douglas Jines)

Best Cinematography in a VideoEdit

Madonna – "Rain" (Director of Photography: Harris Savides)

Viewer's ChoiceEdit

Aerosmith – "Livin' on the Edge"

International Viewer's Choice AwardsEdit

MTV AsiaEdit

Indus Creed – "Pretty Child"

  • Beyond – "The Great Wall"
  • Jerry Huang – "The Love March"
  • Mai – "Sia-Jai-Dai-Yin-Mai"
  • Tang Dynasty – "A Dream Return to Tang Dynasty"

MTV BrasilEdit

Titãs – "Será Que É Isso o Que Eu Necessito?"

MTV EuropeEdit

George Michael – "Killer/Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"

MTV InternacionalEdit

Luis Miguel – "América, América"





  1. ^ Sandler, Adam (July 22, 1993). "MTV vid awards come into Vogue – Entertainment News, Music News, Media – Variety". Archived from the original on August 11, 2009. Retrieved August 5, 2009.

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