2006 MTV Video Music Awards

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2006 MTV Video Music Awards
DateThursday, August 31, 2006
LocationRadio City Music Hall, New York, New York
CountryUnited States
Hosted byJack Black
Most awardsJames Blunt and Gnarls Barkley (2 each)
Most nominationsShakira and Red Hot Chili Peppers (7 each)
Television/radio coverage
Viewership5.77 million

The 2006 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on August 31, 2006, honoring the best music videos from June 11, 2005, to June 26, 2006.[1] The show was hosted by Jack Black at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The 2006 Video Music Awards marked the first time viewers were able to vote for all performers' categories (Best Video; Best Male, Female, and Group Videos; and genre categories). Like previous years, the artistic categories (Best Direction, Best Cinematography, etc.) are still chosen by music industry professionals. The 2006 Awards also discontinued the major category Breakthrough Video.

The show was criticized by fans and viewers as being uninteresting or lacking substance. The award ceremony's ratings were down 28% from the 8 million viewers it averaged in 2005 and down 45% from the 10.3 million viewers it averaged in 2004.[2]

Shakira and Red Hot Chili Peppers received the most nominations, with seven each. Avenged Sevenfold won Best New Artist and "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", by Panic! at the Disco, became the first video to win Video of the Year without winning a single other award since "This Note's for You" by Neil Young in 1989.


Winners are in bold text

Video of the Year[edit]

Panic! at the Disco – "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"

Best Male Video[edit]

James Blunt – "You're Beautiful"

Best Female Video[edit]

Kelly Clarkson – "Because of You"

Best Group Video[edit]

The All-American Rejects – "Move Along"

Best New Artist in a Video[edit]

Avenged Sevenfold – "Bat Country"

Best Pop Video[edit]

P!nk – "Stupid Girls"

Best Rock Video[edit]

AFI – "Miss Murder"

Best R&B Video[edit]

Beyoncé (featuring Slim Thug and Bun B) – "Check on It"

Best Rap Video[edit]

Chamillionaire (featuring Krayzie Bone) – "Ridin'"

Best Hip-Hop Video[edit]

The Black Eyed Peas – "My Humps"

Best Dance Video[edit]

The Pussycat Dolls (featuring Snoop Dogg) – "Buttons"

Best Direction in a Video[edit]

Gnarls Barkley – "Crazy" (Director: Robert Hales)

Best Choreography in a Video[edit]

Shakira (featuring Wyclef Jean) – "Hips Don't Lie" (Choreographer: Shakira)

Best Special Effects in a Video[edit]

Missy Elliott – "We Run This" (Special Effects: Louis Mackall and Tonia Wallander)

Best Art Direction in a Video[edit]

Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Dani California" (Art Director: Justin Dragonas)

Best Editing in a Video[edit]

Gnarls Barkley – "Crazy" (Editor: Ken Mowe)

Best Cinematography in a Video[edit]

James Blunt – "You're Beautiful" (Director of Photography: Robbie Ryan)

Best Video Game Soundtrack[edit]

Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (Atari)

Best Video Game Score[edit]

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Composer: Jeremy Soule)

Ringtone of the Year[edit]

Fort Minor (featuring Holly Brook) – "Where'd You Go"

MTV2 Award[edit]

Thirty Seconds to Mars – "The Kill"

Viewer's Choice[edit]

Fall Out Boy – "Dance, Dance"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award[edit]

Hype Williams



Main show[edit]



Main show[edit]


VMA Karaoke Contest[edit]

In this contest, participants picked one of three songs and made a video of themselves singing their choice. Winners received a paid trip to the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.[1]

VMA Insider Contest[edit]

The winner selected by voters at mtv.com [2] received a paid trip to the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, and was allowed to interview all the stars on the red carpet.

"Reveal the Real You" Contest[edit]

Participants sent in a story of "a moment in their life that makes them, them." Winners received an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, as well as the chance to win a trip to the VMAs in 2007.[3]

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