1995 MTV Video Music Awards

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1995 MTV Video Music Awards
Date Thursday, September 7, 1995
Location Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York
Host Dennis Miller
Television/Radio coverage
Network MTV
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The 1995 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 7, 1995, honoring the best music videos from June 16, 1994, to June 15, 1995. The show was hosted by Dennis Miller at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. David Sandlin was commissioned to design the program catalogue.

TLC and Weezer were the biggest winners of the night, with each taking home four awards. TLC, though, won the two main awards of the night—Viewer's Choice Award and Video of the Year—for "Waterfalls," while Weezer's video for "Buddy Holly" took home the two main technical awards: Best Direction and Breakthrough Video. Meanwhile, the sibling pair of Michael and Janet Jackson was right behind both groups in terms of wins, as their video for "Scream" earned them three moonmen. Also Michael performed for over fifteen minutes to a medley of his main songs at the ceremony.

As mentioned above, TLC's "Waterfalls" won both Video of the Year and Viewer's Choice, becoming the third and last video to accomplish this feat in a single year. Ironically, this occurred on the very first year that MTV decided to have different sets of nominees for these categories (as until 1994 the practice had been to have both categories have exactly the same set of nominees). Curiously, though, the award for Breakthrough Video would end up having the same four nominees as Video of the Year in 1995, marking the only time this ever happened in VMA history.

In terms of nominations, the four videos and acts that were up for Video of the Year dominated the night. Michael and Janet Jackson's "Scream" was the most nominated video of the night, earning a grand total of eleven nominations, including a nomination in each of the seven professional categories. The night's big winner, TLC's "Waterfalls," was also the second most nominated video that night, earning ten nominations. Green Day's "Basket Case" came in third place with nine nominations, while Weezer's "Buddy Holly" came in fourth with five nominations. There would not be a situation similar to this one at the VMAs until the 2009 edition. In addition all four videos were nominated for the MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction. This award show is generally considered to be one of the toughest in terms of Video of the Year

Nominations[edit]

Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year[edit]

TLC — "Waterfalls"

Best Male Video[edit]

Tom Petty — "You Don't Know How It Feels"

Best Female Video[edit]

Madonna — "Take a Bow"

Best Group Video[edit]

TLC — "Waterfalls"

Best New Artist in a Video[edit]

Hootie & the Blowfish — "Hold My Hand"

Best Metal/Hard Rock Video[edit]

White Zombie — "More Human than Human"

Best R&B Video[edit]

TLC — "Waterfalls"

Best Rap Video[edit]

Dr. Dre — "Keep Their Heads Ringin'"

Best Dance Video[edit]

Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson — "Scream"

Best Alternative Video[edit]

Weezer — "Buddy Holly"

Best Video from a Film[edit]

Seal — "Kiss from a Rose" (from Batman Forever)

Breakthrough Video[edit]

Weezer — "Buddy Holly"

Best Direction in a Video[edit]

Weezer — "Buddy Holly" (Director: Spike Jonze)

Best Choreography in a Video[edit]

Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson — "Scream" (Choreographers: LaVelle Smith Jnr, Tina Landon, Travis Payne and Sean Cheesman)

Best Special Effects in a Video[edit]

The Rolling Stones — "Love Is Strong" (Special Effects: Fred Raimondi)

Best Art Direction in a Video[edit]

Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson — "Scream" (Art Director: Tom Foden)

Best Editing in a Video[edit]

Weezer — "Buddy Holly" (Editor: Eric Zumbrunnen)

Best Cinematography in a Video[edit]

The Rolling Stones — "Love Is Strong" (Directors of Photography: Garry Waller and Mike Trim)

Viewer's Choice[edit]

TLC — "Waterfalls"

International Viewer's Choice Awards[edit]

MTV Asia[edit]

Flag of Indonesia.svg Denada — "Sambutlah"

MTV Brasil[edit]

Flag of Brazil.svg Os Paralamas do Sucesso (featuring Djavan) — "Uma Brasileira"

MTV Europe[edit]

Flag of Ireland.svg U2 — "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me"

MTV Japan[edit]

Flag of Japan.svg Chage and Aska — "Something There"

MTV Latin America[edit]

Flag of Mexico.svg Café Tacuba — "La Ingrata"

MTV Mandarin[edit]

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Faye Wong — "Chess"

Video Vanguard Award[edit]

R.E.M.

Performances[edit]

Pre-show[edit]

Main show[edit]

Appearances[edit]

External links[edit]