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MTV Video Music Awards
Guess who has the most MTV Video Music Awards?
Madonna, you say?
She was – up until 2016, when Beyonce, who was nominated for 11 awards, took eight. That put her total to 24, four more than Madonna.
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Even though the MTV Video Music Awards are about the performers themselves, the show’s producers seem to always want to change up who will host of the show. And, in the years they can’t find the perfect host, they just go without.
MTV handed out its first Video Music Awards in 1984. Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd were the hosts but you might not remember that because Madonna stole the show – and shocked audiences everywhere – as she performed “Like a Virgin,” wearing a wedding dress but acting like anything-but a virgin in her sexy performance.
It wasn’t the last time a performer would upstage the hosts – but it appears MTV kept looking for one that couldn’t be upstaged. Either that or it was just always looking for something bigger and better.
The second year, MTV tapped rising superstar Eddie Murphy to emcee. Even though his performance was recognized as the way the show should be presented, MTV went back to its own people in 1986 and 1987 with VJs, “Downtown" Julie Brown, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn and Dweezil Zappa.
Arsenio Hall, a rising star in the early days of cable television, hosted it the next four years.
In 1992, MTV gave the job to Dana Carvey from Saturday Night Live. There would be no upstaging his George H. W. Bush imitation or his Garth character from SNL’s “Wayne’s World” but his gig would only be for one year.
Christian Slater hosted the awards in 1993 but his actor-slow demeanor paled in comparison to earlier comic-fast ones. So, in 1994, MTV handed over the reins to a woman comedienne, Roseanne Barr. Oops, wrong choice.
Dennis Miller took over in 1995. Too political and intellectual for the target audience. Despite that, he was asked back in 1996.
Finally, like Goldilocks finding just the right temperature porridge, MTV found just the right host, Chris Rock, in 1997.
Ben Stiller hosted in 1998 but Chris Rock was back in 1999.
Wayans Brothers, Shawn and Marlon, hosted the VMAs in 2000. The actor-comedians had the audience in stitches.
Jamie Foxx followed up in 2001; Jimmy Fallon in 2002; Seann William Scott and Justin Timberlake in 2003.
In 2004, MTV started the practice of having no host at all. But P. Diddy’s arrival in his luxury yacht was enough to earn him a shot at the gig in 2005.
Actor-comedian Jack Black ruled the show in 2006.
Fergie and Good Charlotte hosted the 2007 awards. British comedian Russell Brand was the host in 2008 and 2009.
In 2010, Chelsea Handler took the reins.
In 2011, there was no host but Kevin Hart performed a monologue, in part kidding about not being the host. Maybe that’s why they let him host in 2012.
No host again in 2013 and 2014, when Saturday Night Live’s Jay Pharoah was as close to a not-a-host host as you can get. Miley Cyrus, who hosted in 2015, was the first real one-and-done host. Viewership dropped by millions that year – and that was before she ended up fighting with Nicki Minaj.
In 2016, there was an ensemble cast with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as emcees with a little help from Nicole Byer, and Jay Pharoah.
The Moonman Statuette
There’s a cool story behind the coveted man-on-the-moon statuette that MTV VMA winners get. MTV launched on Aug. 1, 1981, with real footage acquired from NASA. It shows Apollo 11 taking off and then Neil Armstrong planting a flag on the moon. MTV played that clip on the hour for the next five years with a voiceover saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll.”
The same firm that designed that, Manhattan Design, was asked to design the statuette for the VMAs. The Moonman was a natural choice it had come to be the MTV brand.
Pat Gorman of Manhattan Design said, “We thought, We’re like the guys landing on the moon and claiming it. We claim this land for music.’” Gorman said that was her first choice but they also submitted two other ideas for MTV to consider, a sneaker and a container of popcorn (which was later used as the MTV Movie Award statue).
The feet of the Moonman couldn’t be firmly planted, Gorman insisted during the statuette’s design.
“The whole idea was, the statue had to be balancing on one leg, like anti-gravity and floating. Otherwise, it didn’t have any magic to it,” she said.
Gorman also insisted there be a footprint on the base as an homage to Neil Armstrong whose “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” quote became to MTV, “One small step for man, but a giant step for all music.”
And The Winners Are …
You can listen to all the MTV Video of the Year award winners here.