MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist

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The MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist is one of the four original general categories that have been given out since the first annual MTV Video Music Awards in 1984. From then to 2006, the award was named Best New Artist in a Video; in 2007 its name was changed to Best New Artist, as the category underwent a format change to award the artist's body of work for the full year rather than a specific video. For the 2008 ceremony, though, while the award retained its 2007 name, it returned to the format of awarding a specific video rather than the artist's full body of work. The category was later renamed Artist to Watch for the 2013 ceremony while still keeping the format of an award going to a certain video. This award is often poked fun at as the "Death Award", as it represented the peak of some winners' careers. Five artists who won the award (Eurythmics, Nirvana, Eminem, Avenged Sevenfold and Gym Class Heroes) were technically ineligible since the winning song did not come off of their respective debut records (which were released in 1981, 1989, 1996, 2001 and 2004, respectively). Justin Bieber is the youngest artist so far to win this award or any Video Music Award at the age of 16. Only three artists have won the VMA for Best New Artist and also the Grammy Award for Best New Artist: Alicia Keys, Hootie & The Blowfish and Maroon 5.

Recipients[edit]

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1992 awards winners Nirvana.
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1998 awards winner Natalie Imbruglia.
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1999 award winner Eminem.
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2001 award winner Alicia Keys.
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2002 award winner Avril Lavigne.
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2003 award winner 50 Cent.
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2008 awards winners Tokio Hotel.
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2009 award winner Lady Gaga.
2010 award winner Justin Bieber
2011 award winner Tyler, The Creator
2012 award winner One Direction
2013 award winner Austin Mahone
Year Winner Nationality Other nominees
1984 Eurythmics – "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"  United Kingdom
1985 'Til Tuesday – "Voices Carry"  United States
1986 A-ha – "Take on Me"  Norway
1987 Crowded House – "Don't Dream It's Over"  Australia
1988 Guns N' Roses – "Welcome to the Jungle"  United States
1989 Living Colour – "Cult of Personality"  United States
1990 Michael Penn – "No Myth"  United States
1991 Jesus Jones – "Right Here, Right Now"  United Kingdom
1992 Nirvana – "Smells Like Teen Spirit"  United States
1993 Stone Temple Pilots – "Plush"  United States
1994 Counting Crows – "Mr. Jones"  United States
1995 Hootie & the Blowfish – "Hold My Hand"  United States
1996 Alanis Morissette – "Ironic"  Canada
1997 Fiona Apple – "Sleep to Dream"  United States
1998 Natalie Imbruglia – "Torn"  Australia
1999 Eminem – "My Name Is"  United States
2000 Macy Gray – "I Try"  United States
2001 Alicia Keys – "Fallin'"  United States
2002 Avril Lavigne – "Complicated"  Canada
2003 50 Cent – "In da Club"  United States
2004 Maroon 5 – "This Love"  United States
2005 The Killers – "Mr. Brightside"  United States
2006 Avenged Sevenfold – "Bat Country"  United States
2007 Gym Class Heroes  United States
2008 Tokio Hotel – "Ready, Set, Go!"  Germany
2009 Lady Gaga – "Poker Face"  United States
2010 Justin Bieber (featuring Ludacris) – "Baby"  Canada
2011 Tyler, the Creator – "Yonkers"  United States
2012 One Direction – "What Makes You Beautiful"  United Kingdom
2013 Austin Mahone – "What About Love"  United States

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