2008 MTV Video Music Awards

The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards took place on September 7, 2008, live from Paramount Pictures Studios (which, like MTV, is owned by Viacom), honoring the best music videos from the previous year. Nominations for a majority of the categories were announced on the MTV program FNMTV after being selected through viewer online voting at MTV.com. The remaining, professional categories were chosen by a panel of music industry professionals. Unlike previous editions of the show, MTV announced the winners to the professional categories three days before the ceremony (September 4) via a press release, rather than on the pre-show or main show.[1] The rest of the winners were announced during the ceremony. Comedian Russell Brand hosted the event.[2]

2008 MTV Video Music Awards
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DateSunday, September 7, 2008
LocationParamount Pictures Studios, Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Hosted byRussell Brand
Most awardsBritney Spears (3)
Television/radio coverage

This year's awards were a huge improvement ratings-wise, seeing a 19% rise on last year with 8.4 million viewers. It was also a 23% advance over the 5.76 million who saw the 2006 ceremony. Although ratings improved, this year's video music awards was hosted at its smallest venue of its 25-year history. Britney Spears became the main winner of the night, walking away with her first three Moonmen: Video of the Year, Best Female Video, and Best Pop Video all for "Piece of Me".


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the YearEdit

Britney Spears – "Piece of Me"

Best Male VideoEdit

Chris Brown – "With You"

Best Female VideoEdit

Britney Spears – "Piece of Me"

Best New ArtistEdit

Tokio Hotel – "Ready, Set, Go!"

Best Pop VideoEdit

Britney Spears – "Piece of Me"

Best Rock VideoEdit

Linkin Park – "Shadow of the Day"

Best Hip-Hop VideoEdit

Lil Wayne (featuring Static Major) – "Lollipop"

Best Dancing in a VideoEdit

The Pussycat Dolls – "When I Grow Up"

Best DirectionEdit

Erykah Badu – "Honey" (Director: Erykah Badu and Mr. Roboto)

Best ChoreographyEdit

Gnarls Barkley – "Run" (Choreographer: Michael Rooney)

Best Special EffectsEdit

Kanye West (featuring T-Pain) – "Good Life" (Special Effects: SoMe, Jonas & François)

Best Art DirectionEdit

Gnarls Barkley – "Run" (Art Directors: Happy Massee and Kells Jesse)

Best EditingEdit

Death Cab for Cutie – "I Will Possess Your Heart" (Editors: Aaron Stewart-Ahn and Jeff Buchanan)

Best CinematographyEdit

The White Stripes – "Conquest" (Director of Photography: Wyatt Troll)

Best UK VideoEdit

The Ting Tings – "Shut Up and Let Me Go" [3]



  • Dance-off: Fanny Pak vs. Kaba Modern (winner, as chosen by the audience via online voting, got $25,000 for charity and the opportunity of presenting the award for Best Dancing in a Video during the main show)[5]

Main stageEdit

Back lot (off stage)Edit

DJ AM and Travis Barker performancesEdit

DJ AM and Travis Barker performed small interludes consisting of remixes of past hits throughout the show, as well as teaming up with Katy Perry, The Ting Tings and Lupe Fiasco to perform their own singles and MTV classics from the past 25 years.


DJ AM and Travis Barker also played remixes of the following songs in the lead-up to or return from commercial breaks.



Host Russell Brand made controversial remarks, which were not taken well by some in the United States.[6] He urged Americans to vote for Barack Obama and referred to President George W. Bush as "that retard and cowboy fella".[7][deprecated source]

Additionally, one of Brand's jokes during the night centered around purity rings, specifically those worn by the Jonas Brothers. Jordin Sparks, who also wears a purity ring, began her introduction of T.I. and Rihanna by saying, "It's not bad to wear a promise ring because not everybody, guy or girl, wants to be a slut." Sparks was criticized for implying that those who do not wear purity rings or do not abstain are promiscuous.[8]

Brand later described the experience, and aftermath, during his 2009 comedy special 'Scandalous - Live At The O2'.


In repeat airings all references to John McCain and George W. Bush were removed from Russell Brand's opening monologue.[citation needed]


Several Promos were made that featured host Russell Brand and MTV regulars Britney Spears, Pete Wentz, and LL Cool J. Britney Spears' promos were given a lot of attention. The promos featured Spears and Brand in a Paramount lot ad-libbing while an elephant was positioned in the background, reference to "the elephant in the room", rumored to be her criticized 2007 VMA performance, which they refrained from discussing in the commercials.[9][10]

There was also a promotion that appeared on Nickelodeon, featuring the cast of iCarly.

During the program, the MTV networks VH1, MTV Hits, and MTV Jams did not air their usual programming at all, instead displaying full-screen cards guiding viewers to watch the ceremony on MTV, with VH1 using a rotating "billboard" of sponsors to promote 'sneak peeks' of the live ceremony which appeared in the top-left corner with false crowd noise in the background. During the VMA commercial breaks, VH1 also carried regular advertising.

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kanye West, Gnarls Barkley, White Stripes Clips Pick Up VMAs In 2008 'Professional Categories'". MTV News. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  2. ^ "VMA 2008 - MTV Video Music Awards - MTV". MTV. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  3. ^ Channel MTV UK
  4. ^ Channel MTV UK Best Video Award
  5. ^ 09/04/2008, Lisa Chudnofsky. "Kaba Modern and Fanny Pak Prepare For The Fight of Their Lives". MTV News. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  6. ^ "Login". www.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  7. ^ Boucher, Phil. "Russell Brand's 'retarded cowboy' jibe at George Bush shocks MTV audience". Daily Mail. Daily Mail. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  8. ^ News.com Entertainment
  9. ^ "Breaking Celeb News, Entertainment News, and Celebrity Gossip". E! Online. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  10. ^ Hollywood Britney spears with Russel brand

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