MTV Video Music Awards

Season 1 Episode 26

MTV 26th Annual Video Music Awards

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 13, 2009 on MTV - Music Television



  • Trivia

    • New categories:
      -"Best Video That Should've Won A Moonman": The nominees were videos from 1984 to 2008 (they end up being from 1985 to 2006) that never won.
      -"Best Performance In A Pepsi Rock Band Video": The nominees were videos made by new bands playing covers.
      -"Best Breakout Artist Awards": The nominees were 3 new bands from 8 different cities (New York City; Bay Area; Atlanta; Chicago; Boston; Philadelphia; Washington; Los Angeles).

    • Unusually, Taylor Lautner presented twice.

    • This year's show marked Muse's debut performance on American TV.

    • Taylor Swift became the first country artist to win a VMA.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • Unlike last year, where the show was held in a warehouse, this show was at a real venue with a live audience.

    • For the first time since the 2006 show, the show was held in the Radio City Music Hall.

    • The show was watched by a total of 9 million people, a 17% increase over the previous show, and the biggest ratings since the 2004 show.

    • While Taylor Swift was making her acceptance speech for winning "Best Female Video" for "You Belong with Me", Kanye West got onto the stage, interrupted her and took her microphone, saying "Yo Tay, I'm really happy for you and I'm 'a let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time". Beyoncé looked shocked, and West was then booed by the audience. Angered, he flipped off the crowd. West was later removed from the remainder of the show. After Beyoncé won "Video of the Year" for "Single Ladies", she asked Swift to come on stage to complete her speech. Later, West apologized on his blog (which he later removed). During the next few weeks, people from all over the world (including celebrities and the President) insulted West for what he did.

    • Jay-Z and Alicia Keys were performing "Empire State of Mind", but towards the end of their performance, Lil' Mama jumped and danced on the stage uninvited. She soon later issued an apology.

    • The most nominated artists were Beyonce and Lady Gaga (9). Those two and Green Day were the most awarded (3).

  • Allusions