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1997 MTV Video Music Awards

The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 4, 1997, honoring the best music videos from June 17, 1996, to June 16, 1997. The show was hosted by Chris Rock at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.[1]

1997 MTV Video Music Awards
MTV VMA 1997 logo.png
DateThursday, September 4, 1997
LocationRadio City Music Hall, New York, New York
CountryUnited States
Hosted byChris Rock
Television/radio coverage

American singer Beck took home the most Moonmen of the night, winning a total of five awards. British acid jazz band Jamiroquai closely followed, though, taking home four awards including the coveted Video of the Year prize. The only other multiple winner that night was British dance outfit The Prodigy, which took home both the American and European Viewer's Choice awards – making them the only act in VMA history to not only win two Viewer's Choice awards but also to achieve this in the same year.

As for nominations, Jamiroquai dominated the field with a total of ten nominations for their video for "Virtual Insanity." In second place was Beck, who received a total of seven mentions: five for "The New Pollution" and two for "Devils Haircut." Lastly, Nine Inch Nails came in third with five nominations for "The Perfect Drug." Unlike Beck and Jamiroquai, though, Nine Inch Nails went home empty-handed that night.


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the YearEdit

Jamiroquai – "Virtual Insanity"

Best Male VideoEdit

Beck – "Devils Haircut"

Best Female VideoEdit

Jewel – "You Were Meant for Me"

Best Group VideoEdit

No Doubt – "Don't Speak"

Best New Artist in a VideoEdit

Fiona Apple – "Sleep to Dream"

Best Rock VideoEdit

Aerosmith – "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)"

Best R&B VideoEdit

Puff Daddy (featuring Faith Evans and 112) – "I'll Be Missing You"

Best Rap VideoEdit

The Notorious B.I.G. – "Hypnotize"

Best Dance VideoEdit

Spice Girls – "Wannabe"

Best Alternative VideoEdit

Sublime – "What I Got"

Best Video from a FilmEdit

Will Smith – "Men in Black" (from Men in Black)

Breakthrough VideoEdit

Jamiroquai – "Virtual Insanity"

Best Direction in a VideoEdit

Beck – "The New Pollution" (Director: Beck Hansen)

Best Choreography in a VideoEdit

Beck – "The New Pollution" (Choreographer: Peggy Hickey)

Best Special Effects in a VideoEdit

Jamiroquai – "Virtual Insanity" (Special Effects: Jonathan Glazer and Sean Broughton)

Best Art Direction in a VideoEdit

Beck – "The New Pollution" (Art Director: K. K. Barrett)

Best Editing in a VideoEdit

Beck – "Devils Haircut" (Editor: Hank Corwin)

Best Cinematography in a VideoEdit

Jamiroquai – "Virtual Insanity" (Director of Photography: Stephen Keith-Roach)

Viewer's ChoiceEdit

The Prodigy – "Breathe"

International Viewer's Choice AwardsEdit

MTV AsiaEdit

The Eraserheads – "Ang Huling El Bimbo"

MTV AustraliaEdit

Silverchair – "Freak"

MTV BrasilEdit

Skank – "É uma Partida de Futebol"

MTV EuropeEdit

The Prodigy – "Breathe"

MTV IndiaEdit

Asha Bhosle – "O Mere Sona Re"

MTV JapanEdit

Chara – "Yasashii Kimochi"

MTV Latin AmericaEdit

Café Tacuba – "Chilanga Banda"

MTV MandarinEdit

Mavis Fan – "Bartender Angel"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard AwardEdit

LL Cool J
Mark Romanek



See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Beck, Jamiroquai big winners at MTV Music Awards". CNN, September 5, 1997
  2. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 1997". Winners > Best Direction. Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
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