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The 1995 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 7, 1995, honoring the best music videos from June 16, 1994, to June 15, 1995. The show was hosted by Dennis Miller at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. David Sandlin was commissioned to design the program catalogue.

1995 MTV Video Music Awards
DateThursday, September 7, 1995
LocationRadio City Music Hall, New York, New York
CountryUnited States
Hosted byDennis Miller
Television/radio coverage

TLC and Weezer were the biggest winners of the night, with each taking home four awards. TLC, though, won the two main awards of the night – Viewer's Choice Award and Video of the Year – for "Waterfalls," while Weezer's video for "Buddy Holly" took home the two main technical awards: Best Direction and Breakthrough Video. Meanwhile, the sibling pair of Michael and Janet Jackson was right behind both groups in terms of wins, as their video for "Scream" earned them three moonmen. Also Michael performed for over fifteen minutes to a medley of his main songs at the ceremony.

As mentioned above, TLC's "Waterfalls" won both Video of the Year and Viewer's Choice, becoming the third and last video to accomplish this feat in a single year. Ironically, this occurred on the very first year that MTV decided to have different sets of nominees for these categories (as until 1994 the practice had been to have both categories have exactly the same set of nominees). Curiously, though, the award for Breakthrough Video would end up having the same four nominees as Video of the Year in 1995, marking the only time this ever happened in VMA history.

In terms of nominations, the four videos and acts that were up for Video of the Year dominated the night. Michael and Janet Jackson's "Scream" was the most nominated video of the night, earning a grand total of eleven nominations, including a nomination in each of the seven professional categories. The night's big winner, TLC's "Waterfalls," was also the second most nominated video that night, earning ten nominations. Green Day's "Basket Case" came in third place with nine nominations, while Weezer's "Buddy Holly" came in fourth with five nominations. There would not be a situation similar to this one at the VMAs until the 2009 edition. In addition, all four videos were nominated for Best Direction. This award show is generally considered to be one of the toughest in terms of Video of the Year



Winners are in bold text.

Video of the YearEdit

TLC – "Waterfalls"

Best Male VideoEdit

Tom Petty – "You Don't Know How It Feels"

Best Female VideoEdit

Madonna – "Take a Bow"

Best Group VideoEdit

TLC – "Waterfalls"

Best New Artist in a VideoEdit

Hootie & the Blowfish – "Hold My Hand"

Best Metal/Hard Rock VideoEdit

White Zombie – "More Human than Human"

Best R&B VideoEdit

TLC – "Waterfalls"

Best Rap VideoEdit

Dr. Dre – "Keep Their Heads Ringin'"

Best Dance VideoEdit

Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson – "Scream"

Best Alternative VideoEdit

Weezer – "Buddy Holly"

Best Video from a FilmEdit

Seal – "Kiss from a Rose" (from Batman Forever)

Breakthrough VideoEdit

Weezer – "Buddy Holly"

Best Direction in a VideoEdit

Weezer – "Buddy Holly" (Director: Spike Jonze)

Best Choreography in a VideoEdit

Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson – "Scream" (Choreographers: LaVelle Smith Jnr, Tina Landon, Travis Payne and Sean Cheesman)

Best Special Effects in a VideoEdit

The Rolling Stones – "Love Is Strong" (Special Effects: Fred Raimondi)

Best Art Direction in a VideoEdit

Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson – "Scream" (Art Director: Tom Foden)

Best Editing in a VideoEdit

Weezer – "Buddy Holly" (Editor: Eric Zumbrunnen)

Best Cinematography in a VideoEdit

The Rolling Stones – "Love Is Strong" (Directors of Photography: Garry Waller and Mike Trim)

Viewer's ChoiceEdit

TLC – "Waterfalls"

International Viewer's Choice AwardsEdit

MTV AsiaEdit

Denada – "Sambutlah"

MTV BrasilEdit

Os Paralamas do Sucesso (featuring Djavan) – "Uma Brasileira"

MTV EuropeEdit

U2 – "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me"

MTV JapanEdit

Chage and Aska – "Something There"

MTV Latin AmericaEdit

Café Tacuba – "La Ingrata"

MTV MandarinEdit

Faye Wong – "Chess"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard AwardEdit




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