1994 MTV Video Music Awards

The 1994 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 8, 1994, honoring the best music videos from June 16, 1993, to June 15, 1994. The show was hosted by Roseanne Barr at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and this would be the last time there was a female host for the VMAs until Chelsea Handler hosted in 2010. Kurt Cobain, frontman of grunge band Nirvana, was honored this night after his death on April 5.

1994 MTV Video Music Awards
DateSeptember 8, 1994
LocationRadio City Music Hall, New York, New York
CountryUnited States
Hosted byRoseanne Barr
Television/radio coverage

Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley opened the show by Michael giving a speech. They ended it by taking a long kiss in front of everyone. In another notable moment, David Letterman escorted Madonna onto the stage and told the singer to watch her language, poking fun at Madonna's controversial appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman five months earlier.

R.E.M. was, for the second time in their careers, the biggest winner of the night, taking home four technical awards for their video "Everybody Hurts." Closely following were hip-hop group Salt-n-Pepa and rock band Aerosmith, both of which earned three moonmen that night. Aerosmith's video for Cryin', in fact, won the two main awards of the night, Video of the Year and Viewer's Choice, making it the second video in VMA history to achieve this feat. This would also be the last time that the nominees for Viewer's Choice were the same as those for Video of the Year, as MTV discontinued this rule the next year.

In terms of nominations, meanwhile, Aerosmith was the night's biggest nominee, earning a total of nine nominations for two of their videos: "Cryin'" received four general nominations, while "Amazing" earned five professional ones. Right behind them were R.E.M., whose video for "Everybody Hurts" was the night's most nominated video with seven nominations, and newcomer Björk, who received six nominations for "Human Behaviour."

Winners and nominationsEdit

Winners are in bold text.

Video of the YearEdit

Aerosmith – "Cryin'"

Best Male VideoEdit

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – "Mary Jane's Last Dance"

Best Female VideoEdit

Janet Jackson – "If"

Best Group VideoEdit

Aerosmith – "Cryin'"

Best New Artist in a VideoEdit

Counting Crows – "Mr. Jones"

Best Metal/Hard Rock VideoEdit

Soundgarden – "Black Hole Sun"

Best R&B VideoEdit

Salt-n-Pepa with En Vogue – "Whatta Man"

Best Rap VideoEdit

Snoop Doggy Dogg – "Doggy Dogg World"

Best Dance VideoEdit

Salt-n-Pepa with En Vogue – "Whatta Man"

Best Alternative VideoEdit

Nirvana – "Heart-Shaped Box"

Best Video from a FilmEdit

Bruce Springsteen – "Streets of Philadelphia" (from Philadelphia)

Breakthrough VideoEdit

R.E.M. – "Everybody Hurts"

Best Direction in a VideoEdit

R.E.M. – "Everybody Hurts" (Director: Jake Scott)

Best Choreography in a VideoEdit

Salt-n-Pepa with En Vogue – "Whatta Man" (Choreographers: Frank Gatson and Randy Connor)

Best Special Effects in a VideoEdit

Peter Gabriel – "Kiss That Frog" (Special Effects: Brett Leonard and Angel Studios)

Best Art Direction in a VideoEdit

Nirvana – "Heart-Shaped Box" (Art Director: Bernadette Disanto)

Best Editing in a VideoEdit

R.E.M. – "Everybody Hurts" (Editor: Pat Sheffield)

Best Cinematography in a VideoEdit

R.E.M. – "Everybody Hurts" (Director of Photography: Harris Savides)

Viewer's ChoiceEdit

Aerosmith – "Cryin'"

International Viewer's Choice AwardsEdit

MTV BrasilEdit

Sepultura – "Territory"

MTV EuropeEdit

Take That – "Babe"

MTV JapanEdit

Hide – "Eyes Love You"

MTV Latin AmericaEdit

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – "El Matador"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard AwardEdit

Tom Petty

Lifetime Achievement AwardEdit

The Rolling Stones



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