MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video

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The MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video was first given out in 1989, and it was one of the four original genre categories added to the VMAs that year. That year, though, the award was called the Best Heavy Metal Video. From 1990 to 1995, the award was called the Best Metal/Hard Rock Video, and in 1996, the award was once again renamed Best Hard Rock Video. Finally, in 1997 the award acquired its present, more general name of Best Rock Video, as, after 1998, acts which would have previously been eligible for the Best Alternative Video award became eligible for this one. This award was not given out in 2007, as the VMAs were revamped and most original categories were eliminated. In 2008, though, MTV brought back this category, along with several of the others that were retired in 2007. Aerosmith is both the biggest winner and the biggest nominee in this category, having been nominated a record eight times for this award and winning four of these. Linkin Park holds the honor with the second most nominations with seven, while Metallica trails behind with six.

Year Winner Other nominees
1989 Guns N' Roses — "Sweet Child o' Mine"
1990 Aerosmith — "Janie's Got a Gun"
1991 Aerosmith — "The Other Side"
1992 Metallica — "Enter Sandman"
1993 Pearl Jam — "Jeremy"
1994 Soundgarden — "Black Hole Sun"
1995 White Zombie — "More Human than Human"
1996 Metallica — "Until It Sleeps"
1997 Aerosmith — "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)"
1998 Aerosmith — "Pink"
1999 Korn — "Freak on a Leash"
2000 Limp Bizkit — "Break Stuff"
2001 Limp Bizkit — "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)"
2002 Linkin Park — "In the End"
2003 Linkin Park — "Somewhere I Belong"
2004 Jet — "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
2005 Green Day — "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
2006 AFI — "Miss Murder"
2007 No award given
2008 Linkin Park — "Shadow of the Day"
2009 Green Day — "21 Guns"
2010 Thirty Seconds to Mars — "Kings and Queens"
2011 Foo Fighters — "Walk"
2012 Coldplay — "Paradise"
2013 Thirty Seconds to Mars — "Up in the Air"
2014 TBA

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