1996 MTV Video Music Awards

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1996 MTV Video Music Awards
Date Wednesday, September 4, 1996
Location Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York
Host Dennis Miller
Television/Radio coverage
Network MTV
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The 1996 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 4, 1996, honoring the best music videos from June 16, 1995, to June 14, 1996. The show was hosted by Dennis Miller at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The show centered around The Smashing Pumpkins, who led the pack that night with nine nominations. Having both lost their touring keyboardist days before this appearance to a heroin overdose and kicked longtime, original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin out of the band as a result of this incident, the band opened the show as a three-piece, performing an awe-clinching, emotional version of "Tonight, Tonight." What is more, the Pumpkins ended up winning seven of the awards they were up for: "Tonight, Tonight" earned six wins out of its eight nominations, including Video of the Year, thus making it the night's most nominated and biggest winning video; while their video for "1979" earned the one Moonman it was nominated for: Best Alternative Video.

The next biggest nominee and winner that night was Canadian singer Alanis Morissette, who won three out of her six nominations for her video "Ironic." Tying with her in terms of nominations was Icelandic singer Björk, who also received six; however, her video for "It's Oh So Quiet" only took home one Moonman for Best Choreography. Closely following with five nominations each were Coolio, the Foo Fighters, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Out of these, though, only the former two ended up taking home some Moonmen for their videos. Coolio won three, as "Gangsta's Paradise" won two out of its three nominations, and "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" won one out of its two nominations, while the Foo Fighters' "Big Me" took home one Moonman for Best Group Video. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, meanwhile, went home empty-handed.

Highlights of the show included a pre-show set by little-but-soon-to-be-widely known No Doubt, who performed on the entrance marquee of Radio City Music Hall. There was also a short-lived reunion of the four original members of Van Halen, who had not appeared together at that time for more than a decade (and who did not appear together afterwards until the Van Halen 2007–2008 North American Tour), presenting the award for Best Male Video, as well as a live interlink with astronauts on the Mir space station. The show also marked Tupac Shakur's final public appearance before being shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada three days later on September 7.


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year[edit]

The Smashing Pumpkins — "Tonight, Tonight"

Best Male Video[edit]

Beck — "Where It's At"

Best Female Video[edit]

Alanis Morissette — "Ironic"

Best Group Video[edit]

Foo Fighters — "Big Me"

Best New Artist in a Video[edit]

Alanis Morissette — "Ironic"

Best Hard Rock Video[edit]

Metallica — "Until It Sleeps"

Best R&B Video[edit]

The Fugees — "Killing Me Softly"

Best Rap Video[edit]

Coolio (featuring L.V.) — "Gangsta's Paradise"

Best Dance Video[edit]

Coolio — "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)"

Best Alternative Video[edit]

The Smashing Pumpkins — "1979"

Best Video from a Film[edit]

Coolio (featuring L.V.) — "Gangsta's Paradise" (from Dangerous Minds)

Breakthrough Video[edit]

The Smashing Pumpkins — "Tonight, Tonight"

Best Direction in a Video[edit]

The Smashing Pumpkins — "Tonight, Tonight" (Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris)

Best Choreography in a Video[edit]

Björk — "It's Oh So Quiet" (Choreographer: Michael Rooney)

Best Special Effects in a Video[edit]

The Smashing Pumpkins — "Tonight, Tonight" (Special Effects: Chris Staves)

Best Art Direction in a Video[edit]

The Smashing Pumpkins — "Tonight, Tonight" (Art Directors: K. K. Barrett and Wayne White)

Best Editing in a Video[edit]

Alanis Morissette — "Ironic" (Editor: Scott Gray)

Best Cinematography in a Video[edit]

The Smashing Pumpkins — "Tonight, Tonight" (Director of Photography: Declan Quinn)

Viewer's Choice[edit]

Bush — "Glycerine"

International Viewer's Choice Awards[edit]

MTV Asia[edit]

Flag of South Korea.svg Seo Taiji & Boys — "Come Back Home"

  • Flag of Indonesia.svg Dewa 19 — "Cukup Siti Nurbaya"
  • Flag of Thailand.svg IE — "Chan Tang Jai"
  • Flag of the Philippines.svg Put3Ska — "Manila Girl"

MTV Brasil[edit]

Flag of Brazil.svg Skank — "Garota Nacional"

MTV Europe[edit]

Flag of England.svg George Michael — "Fastlove"

MTV India[edit]

Flag of India.svg Colonial Cousins — "Sa Ni Dha Pa"

MTV Japan[edit]

Flag of Japan.svg Kuroyume — "Pistol"

MTV Latin America[edit]

Flag of Argentina.svg Soda Stereo — "Ella Usó Mi Cabeza Como un Revólver"

MTV Mandarin[edit]

Flag of the Republic of China.svg Nana Tang — "Freedom"

  • Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Dou Wei — "Outside the Window"
  • Flag of Hong Kong.svg Andy Lau — "Truly Forever"
  • Flag of Malaysia.svg Eric Moo — "Love Is So Heavy"
  • Flag of the Republic of China.svg Regina Tseng — "From Dark to Light"



Main show[edit]


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External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At5YAtA_MUs
  2. ^ http://www.mtv.com/bands/r/red_carpet/NewsFeature_081701/feature.jhtml
  3. ^ "YouTube - No Doubt - Just A Girl 1996 VMA Preshow". Archived from the original on 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2009-07-29.