1991 MTV Video Music Awards

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1991 MTV Video Music Awards
1991 MTV VMA Logo.png
Date Thursday, September 5, 1991
Location Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles
Host Arsenio Hall
Television/Radio coverage
Network MTV

The 1991 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 5, 1991, honoring the best music videos from June 2, 1990, to June 15, 1991. The show was hosted by Arsenio Hall at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

This year saw the introduction of a new category, Best Long Form Video; however, this category would be short-lived, as it was eliminated the next year and never handed out again. Meanwhile, the award for Best Post-Modern Video was renamed Best Alternative Video.

R.E.M. led the night both in awards and in nominations. Their video for "Losing My Religion" not only won Video of the Year, but it also took home a total of six awards, making them the biggest winners of the night. Furthermore, R.E.M.'s ten nominations also made them the most nominated artist that night and "Losing My Religion" the most nominated video of the night.


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year[edit]

R.E.M. — "Losing My Religion"

Best Male Video[edit]

Chris Isaak — "Wicked Game (Concept)"

Best Female Video[edit]

Janet Jackson — "Love Will Never Do (Without You)"

Best Group Video[edit]

R.E.M. — "Losing My Religion"

Best New Artist in a Video[edit]

Jesus Jones — "Right Here, Right Now"

Best Metal/Hard Rock Video[edit]

Aerosmith — "The Other Side"

Best Rap Video[edit]

LL Cool J — "Mama Said Knock You Out"

Best Dance Video[edit]

C+C Music Factory — "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"

Best Alternative Video[edit]

Jane's Addiction — "Been Caught Stealing"

Best Video from a Film[edit]

Chris Isaak — "Wicked Game" (from Wild at Heart)

Best Long Form Video[edit]

MadonnaThe Immaculate Collection

Breakthrough Video[edit]

R.E.M. — "Losing My Religion"

Best Direction in a Video[edit]

R.E.M. — "Losing My Religion" (Director: Tarsem)

Best Choreography in a Video[edit]

C+C Music Factory — "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (Choreographer: Jamale Graves)

Best Special Effects in a Video[edit]

Faith No More — "Falling to Pieces" (Special Effects: David Faithfull and Ralph Ziman)

Best Art Direction in a Video[edit]

R.E.M. — "Losing My Religion" (Art Director: José Montaño)

Best Editing in a Video[edit]

R.E.M. — "Losing My Religion" (Editor: Robert Duffy)

Best Cinematography in a Video[edit]

Chris Isaak — "Wicked Game (Concept)" (Director of Photography: Rolf Kestermann)

Viewer's Choice[edit]

Queensrÿche — "Silent Lucidity"

International Viewer's Choice Awards[edit]

MTV Asia[edit]

Cui Jian — "Wild in the Snow"

  • Kenny Bee — "Be Brave to Love"
  • Bird — "Prik Kee Noo"
  • Chris Ho — "Fictional Stuff"

MTV Australia[edit]

Yothu Yindi — "Treaty (Filthy Lucre Mix)"

MTV Brasil[edit]

Sepultura — "Orgasmatron"

MTV Europe[edit]

Roxette — "Joyride"

MTV Internacional[edit]

Franco De Vita — "No Basta"

MTV Japan[edit]

Flipper's Guitar — "Groove Tube"

  • no other nominees listed

Video Vanguard Award[edit]

Bon Jovi
Wayne Isham


House band


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