MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects

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The following is a list of MTV Video Music Awards winners for Best Visual Effects in a Video, a category that has been given out almost every year since the first ceremony in 1984. From 1984 to 2011, though, the award was named Best Special Effects in a Video, and it was not until 2012 that it acquired its current name.

The award's biggest winner is singer Peter Gabriel, who has received this award three times (out of four nominations). Meanwhile, with six nominations (and one win), rapper Missy Elliott is the most nominated artist in the award's history. Right behind her are the aforementioned Gabriel and U2, who received four nominations each.

On the side of the professionals, meanwhile, only two have won this award multiple times: director Jim Blashfield and special effects artist Sean Broughton, each of whom won twice. In terms of nominations, on the other hand, there is also a tie for most nominated between special effects supervisors David Yardley and Fred Raimondi as well as the Brothers Strause-headed studio Pixel Envy, for all three are quadruple nominees. (However, if we were to consider the nominations for Pixel Envy to count towards those of its founders, the Brothers Strause, then they would be the most nominated individuals, as they received two nominations in 1997 and 1999, prior to the studio's founding.)

Year Winner Other nominees
1984 Herbie Hancock — "Rockit"
(Special Effects: Godley & Creme)
1985 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers — "Don't Come Around Here No More"
(Special Effects: Tony Mitchell, Kathy Dougherty and Peter Cohen)
1986 a-ha — "Take On Me"
(Special Effects: Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger)
1987 Peter Gabriel — "Sledgehammer"
(Special Effects: Peter Lord)
1988 Squeeze — "Hourglass"
(Special Effects: Jim Francis and Dave Barton)
1989 Michael Jackson — "Leave Me Alone"
(Special Effects: Jim Blashfield)
1990 Tears for Fears — "Sowing the Seeds of Love"
(Special Effects: Jim Blashfield)
1991 Faith No More — "Falling to Pieces"
(Special Effects: David Faithfull and Ralph Ziman)
1992 U2 — "Even Better Than the Real Thing"
(Special Effects: Simon Taylor)
1993 Peter Gabriel — "Steam"
(Special Effects: Real World Productions and (Colossal) Pictures)
1994 Peter Gabriel — "Kiss That Frog"
(Special Effects: Brett Leonard and Angel Studios)
1995 The Rolling Stones — "Love Is Strong"
(Special Effects: Fred Raimondi)
1996 The Smashing Pumpkins — "Tonight, Tonight"
(Special Effects: Chris Staves)
1997 Jamiroquai — "Virtual Insanity"
(Special Effects: Jonathan Glazer and Sean Broughton)
1998 Madonna — "Frozen"
(Special Effects: Steve Murgatroyd, Dan Williams, Steve Hiam, and Anthony Walsham)
1999 Garbage — "Special"
(Special Effects: Sean Broughton, Stuart D. Gordon and Paul Simpson of Digital Domain)
2000 Björk — "All Is Full of Love"
(Special Effects: Glassworks)
2001 Robbie Williams — "Rock DJ"
(Special Effects: Carter White FX, Audio Motion and Clear Post Production)
2002 The White Stripes — "Fell in Love with a Girl"
(Special Effects: Twisted Labs and Sebastian Fau)
2003 Queens of the Stone Age — "Go with the Flow"
(Special Effects: Nigel Sarrag)
2004 OutKast — "Hey Ya!"
(Special Effects: Elad Offer, Chris Eckardt and Money Shots)
2005 Gorillaz — "Feel Good Inc."
(Special Effects: Passion Pictures)
2006 Missy Elliott — "We Run This"
(Special Effects: Louis Mackall and Tonia Wallander)
2007 no award
2008 Kanye West (featuring T-Pain) — "Good Life"
(Special Effects: SoMe, Jonas & François)
2009 Lady Gaga — "Paparazzi"
(Special Effects: Chimney Pot)
2010 Muse — "Uprising"
(Special Effects: Humble and Sam Stephens)
2011 Katy Perry (featuring Kanye West) — "E.T."
(Special Effects: Jeff Dotson for Dot & Effects)
2012 Skrillex — "First of the Year (Equinox)"
(Visual Effects: Deka Brothers and Tony "Truand" Datis)
2013 Capital Cities — "Safe and Sound"
(Visual Effects: Grady Hall, Jonathan Wu and Derek Johnson)
2014 OK Go — "The Writing's on the Wall"
(Visual Effects: 1stAveMachine)