1998 MTV Video Music Awards

The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 10, 1998, honoring the best music videos from June 17, 1997, to June 12, 1998. The show was hosted by Ben Stiller at Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

1998 MTV Video Music Awards
DateThursday, September 10, 1998
LocationUniversal Amphitheatre
CountryUnited States
Hosted byBen Stiller
Most awardsMadonna (6)
Most nominationsMadonna (9)
Television/radio coverage

Madonna was the most successful winner and nominee of the night, winning six awards out of a total nine nominations: five (out of eight) for "Ray of Light", including Video of the Year and Best Female Video, and one for "Frozen" (its only nomination). Other than Madonna, only Will Smith and The Prodigy won multiple awards that night, winning two apiece.

With regard to nominations, the two biggest nominees aside from Madonna were alt-rock band Garbage and rapper Will Smith. Smith split his nominations between two videos: "Gettin' Jiggy wit It" (five) and "Just the Two of Us" (one), each of which earned a Moonman. In contrast, Garbage received all eight nominations for "Push It" but went home completely empty-handed at the end of the night.

The mesh dress that actress Rose McGowan wore to the award show was the subject of much media attention following the awards. The dress went on to become one of the most iconic and controversial outfits in the history of the VMA's.[1][2]


After four consecutive ceremonies in New York City, and after lobbying from the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission and the Entertainment Industry Development Corporation, it was announced in April 1998 that the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards would be held in Los Angeles.[3] Nominees were announced at a press conference hosted by Courtney Love, Mayor Richard Riordan, and MTV president Judy McGrath on July 14.[4] Ben Stiller was announced as the host on August 13.[5] The ceremony was preceded by a 90-minute MTV News Opening Act special. Hosted by Kurt Loder and Serena Altschul with reports from Chris Connelly, John Norris, and Rebecca Romijn, the broadcast featured red carpet interviews, pre-taped interviews with Madonna and Hole, a preview of the music video for Madonna's "The Power of Good-Bye," and performances from Usher and Barenaked Ladies.


In the weeks before the awards ceremony, MTV "hacked" its own website intentionally and graffitied the words "JF Was Here" across the page,[6] at the same time that the British hacker JF was under investigation by Scotland Yard for the milw0rm hacktivist attacks.[7] Hundreds of pages hosted on MTV.com sported the new JF logo, including one page that read, "JF was here, greets to milw0rm".[8] MTV later confirmed that the alleged JF "hack" was a publicity stunt to promote the appearance of a commentator named Johnny Fame at their upcoming awards show.[7] Many were puzzled by the apparent hack committed by JF since the hacker was "known for relatively high ethical standards."[7]


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the YearEdit

Madonna – "Ray of Light"

Best Male VideoEdit

Will Smith – "Just the Two of Us"

Best Female VideoEdit

Madonna – "Ray of Light"

Best Group VideoEdit

Backstreet Boys – "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"

Best New Artist in a VideoEdit

Natalie Imbruglia – "Torn"

Best Rock VideoEdit

Aerosmith – "Pink"

Best R&B VideoEdit

Wyclef Jean – "Gone Till November"

Best Rap VideoEdit

Will Smith – "Gettin' Jiggy wit It"

Best Dance VideoEdit

The Prodigy – "Smack My Bitch Up"

Best Alternative VideoEdit

Green Day – "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"

Best Video from a FilmEdit

Aerosmith – "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (from Armageddon)

Breakthrough VideoEdit

The Prodigy – "Smack My Bitch Up"

Best Direction in a VideoEdit

Madonna – "Ray of Light" (Director: Jonas Åkerlund)

Best Choreography in a VideoEdit

Madonna – "Ray of Light" (Choreographers: Madonna and Jonas Åkerlund)

Best Special Effects in a VideoEdit

Madonna – "Frozen" (Special Effects: Steve Murgatroyd, Dan Williams, Steve Hiam, and Anthony Walsham)

Best Art Direction in a VideoEdit

Björk – "Bachelorette" (Art Director: Samantha Gore)

Best Editing in a VideoEdit

Madonna – "Ray of Light" (Editor: Jonas Åkerlund)

Best Cinematography in a VideoEdit

Fiona Apple – "Criminal" (Director of Photography: Harris Savides)

Viewer's ChoiceEdit

Puff Daddy and the Family (featuring The LOX, Lil' Kim, The Notorious B.I.G. and Fuzzbubble – "It's All About the Benjamins (rock remix)"

International Viewer's Choice AwardsEdit

MTV AsiaEdit

Chrisye – "Kala Cinta Menggoda"

MTV AustraliaEdit

Kylie Minogue – "Did It Again"[9]

MTV BrasilEdit

Racionais MC's – "Diário de um Detento"

MTV IndiaEdit

Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan – "Dil To Pagal Hai"

MTV JapanEdit

hide with Spread Beaver – "Pink Spider"

MTV Latin America (North)Edit

Molotov – "Gimme Tha Power"

MTV Latin America (South)Edit

Molotov – "Gimme Tha Power"

MTV MandarinEdit

Coco Lee – "Di Da Di"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard AwardEdit

Beastie Boys



Main showEdit



Main showEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hills, Megan C. (June 27, 2019). "Rose McGowan explains why her 'naked dress' defied Harvey Weinstein". Evening Standard. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ Heron-Langton, Jessica (January 28, 2020). "10 times celebrities ripped up the red carpet rule book". Dazed. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  3. ^ Orlov, Rick (April 9, 1998). "MTV awards show returning to L.A.". Daily News of Los Angeles – via NewsBank.
  4. ^ "Madonna lights up MTV nominations". The Star-Ledger. Reuters. July 15, 1998 – via NewsBank.
  5. ^ "Actor to host MTV awards". The Mercury News. Mercury News Wire Services. August 13, 1998 – via NewsBank.
  6. ^ "MTV "hack" backfires". CNet. September 9, 1998.
  7. ^ a b c "MTV Cries 'Hacked!'". Wired. September 9, 1998. Archived from the original on July 22, 2009. Retrieved July 10, 2009.
  8. ^ "AntiOnline's Editorial Coverage Of The MTV Site "Hack" ?". AntiOnline. September 1998. Archived from the original on December 5, 1998.
  9. ^ MTV - Logo Competition
  10. ^ UOL - O melhor conteúdo Archived March 31, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "News - Articles - 1425376 - 19980911". Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2007.

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