MTV Video Music Awards

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Sunday 9:00 PM on MTV - Music Television Premiered Sep 14, 1984 Special

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Since 1984, MTV has had an awards show for the year's top and new pop music videos. Now known as the VMA's, it was traditionally held on the first Thursday of September on the East or West coast. But since 9/11, it has been moved to the previous week. Every year there is atleast 1 host and performances by the nominees and newer artists.

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  • Try and watch every year.

    8.0
    I can tell I am getting older b/c I don't know hardly anyone on the show. Not bad.
  • If you're into following celebrities, this is for you.

    8.5
    Great stuff to watch! Lots of stunts and empowering music performances for the music fan. Videos don't get enough credits these days, because they put a lot of visual effects and graphics that are hard to make to make the lyrics presentable.
  • Awesome Gaga!

    10
    Lady Gaga's performance was an awesome start to the show. It's hard for any act to follow her and not be a let-down, but the rest of the show was fast-paced and visually exciting. May not always agree with who got the awards, but the performances were cool to watch. You get to see who has the real talent when they have to perform live. Cool show, cool live webcast.
  • The VMA's no longer reward artistic, forward-thinking video-making. Rather, the VMA's exist to serve the corporate interests of the parent company and sponsors. The nominees in all categories were a disgrace.moreless

    1.5
    I have never written a review on a TV show before, but watching this really compelled me to do so. I have watched the VMA's for at least 15 years now and it never quite dawned on me how the show simply exists to push forth corporate interests. It is sad that the VMA's no longer exist as a forum to showcase progressive, artistic merit in video making. Case in point, Britney Spears video that raked in the awards - not impressed. Was there truly no videos made this year that were better than this one? It seemed as if MTV has an agenda of re-igniting her career. Perhaps they just wanted to justify their choice of Ms. Spears as the opening guest. Or maybe they just like to use her as a kind of Cinderella story, returning from the netherworld of B-list Paparazzi fodder. Whatever it was, I can almost guarantee that it wasn't the high quality of her video that gave her the awards.



    Another example... Little Wayne. Don't get me wrong, I think his music is exciting and different, but his video for Lollipop is truly unremarkable. Rapper riding in a limousine with attractive women, rapper at pool party with attractive women, we've seen this before. In fact, I would say that most of this had been done ten to fifteen years before. Maybe the song is noteworthy, but the award show is supposed to be about the video, isn't it? I could go on (I don't even want to get started on Danity Kane, whoever they are), but the point is obvious, whoever decides upon nominees and awardees for the VMA has little to no interest in video quality. And, unfortunately, since good artistry in video making is no longer valued, why should the artists bother to do anything new or risky. But then again, if MTV doesn't play videos anymore, then I guess there is not much point in having the VMA's at all besides to hype up their network.



    As far as the rest of the show went, mediocre at best. Brand was sometimes funny, but kind of a fish out of water. But I can't help but laugh at the Jonas brother's promise ring. -Jonathanmoreless
  • MTV is wayyyyyyyyyy past its prime.

    1.3
    The awards show only serves to remind people that MTV has lost its way (along with VH-1). Both networks have become a sea of pointless reality TV shows that have virtually nothing to do with music videos.



    I remember when MTV and VH-1 showed 90% music videos and maybe 10% of things like "Beavis and Butthead" or "Remote Control" or the excellent "Liquid Television". Now its reversed. Unless you are on 24 missile watch at NORAD in the dead of night, youre unlikely to see many music videos on MTV. Even M2 has gotten as bad a MTV itself. MTV is no longer about music. It all went downhill when REAL WORLD started airing in the early 90s.



    Maybe someone out there will create a network that shows music videos 24/7 and NOTHING else.moreless
  • MILEY CYRUS?!

    MTV Video Music Awards: Here Are the Evening's Winners and Losers, Plus a Ton of Photos

    From Lady Gaga to the 'N Sync reunion we all knew was happening, the night was an addictive mix of terror and pleasure.

  • "MUSIC" "TELEVISION"

    MTV VMAs 2012: Only Mostly Terrible This Time (PHOTO RECAP)

    It happened again: A big, bright, shiny jamboree of malarkey! At least it wasn't as terrible as last year.

    • 2012 MTV Video Music Awards
      just prepping for the upcoming awards show hopefully there is another big shock this year like we got in 09 :P
      08/30/12
      1
    • Seriously..
      Is anyone watching live right now?I cant believe Kanye just did that! I mean I was surprised Taylor Swift won but jeeze I cant bel...
      09/14/09
      3
    • Showing it once
      I thougt that MTV was only going to show the VMA's once this year to help attract more viewers, but I looked on my DVR and it said...
      10/21/07
      4
    • God i hope Justice wins
      not just because i love Justice, but because I'm so tired of this mainstream crap.Here are the nominees for video of the year:Beyo...
      09/12/07
      2
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    musical numbers, music and dancing, for music lovers, pop culture observations, recorded live