MTV Video Music Award – Viewer's Choice

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The MTV Video Music Award for Viewer's Choice was first awarded at the first annual MTV Video Music Awards in 1984. The Viewer's Choice award nominees were the originally the same as the Video of the Year nominees, something which continued until 1994. In 1995 MTV created a separate set of nominees for Viewer's Choice and Video of the Year (although, ironically, TLC's "Waterfalls" won both that year). This continued for the rest of the award's history.

As the name indicated, the winner was decided by the audience, who could vote via phone calls, internet votes, and text messages (the latter two only being added later on) up until the very night of the show. This award was last given out in 2006, after which all general categories became fan-voted, basically rendering the award redundant. The following year, then, when MTV revamped the VMAs, the Viewer's Choice award was eliminated and its voting procedures were transferred over to the Best New Artist award.

Aerosmith is the biggest winner of this award, having won it three times. Also, only four acts—INXS, Aerosmith, TLC, and Green Day—have won both the Video of the Year and Viewer's Choice awards on the same year (though Green Day won each award with a different video in 2005).

Year Winner Other nominees
1984 Michael Jackson — "Thriller"
1985 USA for Africa — "We Are the World"
1986 a-ha — "Take On Me"
1987 U2 — "With or Without You"
1988 INXS — "Need You Tonight/Mediate"
1989 Madonna — "Like a Prayer"
1990 Aerosmith — "Janie's Got a Gun"
1991 Queensrÿche — "Silent Lucidity"
1992 Red Hot Chili Peppers — "Under the Bridge"
1993 Aerosmith — "Livin' on the Edge"
1994 Aerosmith — "Cryin'"
1995 TLC — "Waterfalls"
1996 Bush — "Glycerine"
1997 The Prodigy — "Breathe"
1998 Puff Daddy and the Family (featuring The LOX, Lil' Kim, The Notorious B.I.G.
and Fuzzbubble) — "It's All about the Benjamins (rock remix)"
1999 Backstreet Boys — "I Want It That Way"
2000 'N Sync — "Bye Bye Bye"
2001 'N Sync — "Pop"
2002 Michelle Branch — "Everywhere"
2003 Good Charlotte — "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"
2004 Linkin Park — "Breaking the Habit"
2005 Green Day — "American Idiot"
2006 Fall Out Boy — "Dance, Dance"