1997 MTV Video Music Awards

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1997 MTV Video Music Awards
MTV VMA 1997 logo.png
DateThursday, September 4, 1997
LocationRadio City Music Hall, New York, New York
CountryUnited States
Hosted byChris Rock
Television/radio coverage

The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 4, 1997, honoring the best music videos from June 17, 1996, to June 16, 1997. The show was hosted by Chris Rock at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.[1]

American singer Beck took home the most Moonmen of the night, winning a total of five awards. British acid jazz band Jamiroquai closely followed, though, taking home four awards including the coveted Video of the Year prize. The only other multiple winner that night was British dance outfit The Prodigy, which took home both the American and European Viewer's Choice awards – making them the only act in VMA history to not only win two Viewer's Choice awards but also to achieve this in the same year.

As for nominations, Jamiroquai dominated the field with a total of ten nominations for their video for "Virtual Insanity." In second place was Beck, who received a total of seven mentions: five for "The New Pollution" and two for "Devils Haircut." Lastly, Nine Inch Nails came in third with five nominations for "The Perfect Drug." Unlike Beck and Jamiroquai, though, Nine Inch Nails went home empty-handed that night.


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year[edit]

Jamiroquai – "Virtual Insanity"

Best Male Video[edit]

Beck – "Devils Haircut"

Best Female Video[edit]

Jewel – "You Were Meant for Me"

Best Group Video[edit]

No Doubt – "Don't Speak"

Best New Artist in a Video[edit]

Fiona Apple – "Sleep to Dream"

Best Rock Video[edit]

Aerosmith – "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)"

Best R&B Video[edit]

Puff Daddy (featuring Faith Evans and 112) – "I'll Be Missing You"

Best Rap Video[edit]

The Notorious B.I.G. – "Hypnotize"

Best Dance Video[edit]

Spice Girls – "Wannabe"

Best Alternative Video[edit]

Sublime – "What I Got"

Best Video from a Film[edit]

Will Smith – "Men in Black" (from Men in Black)

Breakthrough Video[edit]

Jamiroquai – "Virtual Insanity"

Best Direction in a Video[edit]

Beck – "The New Pollution" (Director: Beck Hansen)

Best Choreography in a Video[edit]

Beck – "The New Pollution" (Choreographer: Peggy Hickey)

Best Special Effects in a Video[edit]

Jamiroquai – "Virtual Insanity" (Special Effects: Jonathan Glazer and Sean Broughton)

Best Art Direction in a Video[edit]

Beck – "The New Pollution" (Art Director: K. K. Barrett)

Best Editing in a Video[edit]

Beck – "Devils Haircut" (Editor: Hank Corwin)

Best Cinematography in a Video[edit]

Jamiroquai – "Virtual Insanity" (Director of Photography: Stephen Keith-Roach)

Viewer's Choice[edit]

The Prodigy – "Breathe"

International Viewer's Choice Awards[edit]

MTV Asia[edit]

The Eraserheads – "Ang Huling El Bimbo"

MTV Australia[edit]

Silverchair – "Freak"

MTV Brasil[edit]

Skank – "É uma Partida de Futebol"

MTV Europe[edit]

The Prodigy – "Breathe"

MTV India[edit]

Asha Bhosle – "O Mere Sona Re"

MTV Japan[edit]

Chara – "Yasashii Kimochi"

MTV Latin America[edit]

Café Tacuba – "Chilanga Banda"

MTV Mandarin[edit]

Mavis Fan – "Bartender Angel"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award[edit]

LL Cool J
Mark Romanek


MTV.com cybercast[edit]


Main show[edit]


See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Beck, Jamiroquai big winners at MTV Music Awards". CNN, September 5, 1997
  2. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 1997". MTV.com. Winners > Best Direction. Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ http://www.mtv.com/bands/r/red_carpet/NewsFeature_081701/feature.jhtml