MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video

The MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock was first given out in 1989, one of the four original genre categories added to the VMAs that year. In its first year, the award was called Best Heavy Metal Video, and from 1990 to 1995, it was renamed Best Metal/Hard Rock Video. The category underwent a third, brief name change in 1996, when it was renamed Best Hard Rock Video. In 1997, the award acquired its most enduring name, Best Rock Video, which it retained until 2016. The following year, the word "Video" was removed from all genre categories at the VMAs (despite nominations still going to specific videos), giving this award its current name: Best Rock.

MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock
Awarded forrock music videos
CountryUnited States
Presented byMTV
First awarded1989
Currently held byJohn Mayer — "Last Train Home" (2021)
WebsiteVMA website

Like all other genre categories at the VMAs, this category was retired briefly in 2007, when the VMAs were revamped and most original categories were eliminated. In 2008, though, MTV brought back this award, along with several of the others that had been retired in 2007.

Aerosmith is the most frequent winner of this award, with a total of four wins between 1990 and 1998. Fall Out Boy, meanwhile, is the most nominated act in this category, having received nine nominations as of 2020. Closely following them are Aerosmith and Linkin Park, with eight nominations, and the Foo Fighters with seven. In 1995, White Zombie's bassist Sean Yseult became the first woman to win this award, while in 2014, New Zealand singer Lorde became the first female solo act to win this male-dominated category.

RecipientsEdit

 
Inaugural winner Guns N' Roses
 
Aerosmith won the award four times
 
Metallica won the award twice
 
1993 winner Pearl Jam
 
1994 winner Soundgarden
 
1999 winner Korn
 
Limp Bizkit won the award twice
 
Three-time winner Linkin Park is one of three acts to have won the award for two consecutive years.
 
Green Day has won the award twice for their music videos "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "21 Guns"
 
Thirty Seconds to Mars won the award twice
 
Two-time winner Coldplay
 
Lorde is the first female singer to win this award
Year Winner(s) Nominees Ref.
1989 Guns N' Roses — "Sweet Child o' Mine" [1]
1990 Aerosmith — "Janie's Got a Gun" [2]
1991 Aerosmith — "The Other Side" [3]
1992 Metallica — "Enter Sandman" [4]
1993 Pearl Jam — "Jeremy" [5]
1994 Soundgarden — "Black Hole Sun"
[6]
1995 White Zombie — "More Human than Human" [7]
1996 Metallica — "Until It Sleeps" [8]
1997 Aerosmith — "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" [9]
1998 Aerosmith — "Pink" [10]
1999 Korn — "Freak on a Leash" [11]
2000 Limp Bizkit — "Break Stuff" [12]
2001 Limp Bizkit — "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)" [13]
2002 Linkin Park — "In the End" [14]
2003 Linkin Park — "Somewhere I Belong" [15]
2004 Jet — "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" [16]
2005 Green Day — "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" [17]
2006 AFI — "Miss Murder" [18]
2007
2008 Linkin Park — "Shadow of the Day" [19]
2009 Green Day — "21 Guns" [20]
2010 Thirty Seconds to Mars — "Kings and Queens" [21]
2011 Foo Fighters — "Walk" [22]
2012 Coldplay — "Paradise" [23]
2013 Thirty Seconds to Mars — "Up in the Air" [24]
2014 Lorde — "Royals" [25]
2015 Fall Out Boy — "Uma Thurman" [26]
2016 Twenty One Pilots — "Heathens" [27]
2017 Twenty One Pilots — "Heavydirtysoul"
2018 Imagine Dragons — "Whatever It Takes"
2019 Panic! at the Disco — "High Hopes" [28]
2020 Coldplay — "Orphans"
2021 John Mayer — "Last Train Home" [29]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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