1996 MTV Video Music Awards

The 1996 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 4, 1996, honoring the best music videos from June 16, 1995, to June 14, 1996. The show was hosted by Dennis Miller at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

1996 MTV Video Music Awards
DateWednesday, September 4, 1996
LocationRadio City Music Hall, New York, New York
CountryUnited States
Hosted byDennis Miller
Most awardsThe Smashing Pumpkins (7)
Most nominationsThe Smashing Pumpkins (9)
Television/radio coverage

The show centered on The Smashing Pumpkins, who led the pack that night with nine nominations. Having lost their touring keyboardist days before this appearance to a heroin overdose, and kicked longtime, original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin out of the band, the band opened the show as a three-piece, performing an awe-inspiring, emotional version of "Tonight, Tonight." What is more, the Pumpkins ended up winning seven of the awards they were up for: "Tonight, Tonight" earned six wins out of its eight nominations, including Video of the Year, thus making it the night's most nominated and biggest winning video; while their video for "1979" earned the one Moonman it was nominated for: Best Alternative Video.

The next biggest nominee and winner that night was Canadian singer Alanis Morissette, who won three out of her six nominations for her video "Ironic." Tying with her in terms of nominations was Icelandic singer Björk, who also received six; however, her video for "It's Oh So Quiet" only took home one Moonman for Best Choreography. Closely following with five nominations each were Coolio, the Foo Fighters, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Out of these, though, only the former two ended up taking home some Moonmen for their videos. Coolio won three, as "Gangsta's Paradise" won two out of its three nominations, and "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" won one out of its two nominations, while the Foo Fighters' "Big Me" took home one Moonman for Best Group Video. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, meanwhile, went home empty-handed.

Highlights of the show included a pre-show set by No Doubt, who performed on the entrance marquee of Radio City Music Hall. There was also a short-lived reunion of the four original members of Van Halen, who had not appeared together at that time for more than a decade, presenting the award for Best Male Video, as well as a live interlink with astronauts on the Mir space station. The show also marked Tupac Shakur's final public appearance before being shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, three days later on September 7, dying of his wounds on September 13.

Winners and nominationsEdit

Winners are in bold text.

Video of the YearEdit

The Smashing Pumpkins – "Tonight, Tonight"

Best Male VideoEdit

Beck – "Where It's At"

Best Female VideoEdit

Alanis Morissette – "Ironic"

Best Group VideoEdit

Foo Fighters – "Big Me"

Best New Artist in a VideoEdit

Alanis Morissette – "Ironic"

Best Hard Rock VideoEdit

Metallica – "Until It Sleeps"

Best R&B VideoEdit

The Fugees – "Killing Me Softly"

Best Rap VideoEdit

Coolio (featuring L.V.) – "Gangsta's Paradise"

Best Dance VideoEdit

Coolio – "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)"

Best Alternative VideoEdit

The Smashing Pumpkins – "1979"

Best Video from a FilmEdit

Coolio (featuring L.V.) – "Gangsta's Paradise" (from Dangerous Minds)

Breakthrough VideoEdit

The Smashing Pumpkins – "Tonight, Tonight"

Best Direction in a VideoEdit

The Smashing Pumpkins – "Tonight, Tonight" (Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris)

Best Choreography in a VideoEdit

Björk – "It's Oh So Quiet" (Choreographer: Michael Rooney)

Best Special Effects in a VideoEdit

The Smashing Pumpkins – "Tonight, Tonight" (Special Effects: Chris Staves)

Best Art Direction in a VideoEdit

The Smashing Pumpkins – "Tonight, Tonight" (Art Directors: K. K. Barrett and Wayne White)

Best Editing in a VideoEdit

Alanis Morissette – "Ironic" (Editor: Scott Gray)

Best Cinematography in a VideoEdit

The Smashing Pumpkins – "Tonight, Tonight" (Director of Photography: Declan Quinn)

Viewer's ChoiceEdit

Bush – "Glycerine"

International Viewer's Choice AwardsEdit

MTV AsiaEdit

Seo Taiji and Boys – "Come Back Home"

  • Dewa 19 – "Cukup Siti Nurbaya"
  • IE – "Chan Tang Jai"
  • Put3ska – "Manila Girl"

MTV BrasilEdit

Skank – "Garota Nacional"

MTV EuropeEdit

George Michael – "Fastlove"

MTV IndiaEdit

Colonial Cousins – "Sa Ni Dha Pa"

MTV JapanEdit

Kuroyume – "Pistol"

MTV Latin AmericaEdit

Soda Stereo – "Ella Usó Mi Cabeza Como un Revólver"

MTV MandarinEdit

Nana Tang – "Freedom"

  • Dou Wei – "Outside the Window"
  • Andy Lau – "Truly Forever"
  • Eric Moo – "Love Is So Heavy"
  • Regina Tseng – "From Dark to Light"



Main showEdit


Main showEdit


See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At5YAtA_MUs
  2. ^ http://www.mtv.com/bands/r/red_carpet/NewsFeature_081701/feature.jhtml
  3. ^ "YouTube - No Doubt - Just A Girl 1996 VMA Preshow". Archived from the original on 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2009-07-29.