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1994 MTV Video Music Awards

1994 MTV Video Music Awards
Date Thursday, September 8, 1994
Location Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York
Host Roseanne Barr
Television/Radio coverage
Network MTV
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The 1994 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 8, 1994, honoring the best music videos from June 16, 1993, to June 15, 1994. The show was hosted by Roseanne Barr at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and this would be the last time there was a female host for the VMAs until Chelsea Handler hosted in 2010. Kurt Cobain, frontman of grunge band Nirvana, was honored this night after his death on April 5.

Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley opened the show by Michael giving a speech. They ended it by taking a long kiss in front of everyone. In another notable moment, David Letterman escorted Madonna onto the stage and told the singer to watch her language, poking fun at Madonna's controversial appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman five months earlier.

R.E.M. was, for the second time in their careers, the biggest winner of the night, taking home four technical awards for their video "Everybody Hurts." Closely following were hip-hop group Salt-n-Pepa and rock band Aerosmith, both of which earned three moonmen that night. Aerosmith's video for Cryin', in fact, won the two main awards of the night, Video of the Year and Viewer's Choice, making it the second video in VMA history to achieve this feat. This would also be the last time that the nominees for Viewer's Choice were the same as those for Video of the Year, as MTV discontinued this rule the next year.

In terms of nominations, meanwhile, Aerosmith was the night's biggest nominee, earning a total of nine nominations for two of their videos: "Cryin'" received four general nominations, while "Amazing" earned five professional ones. Right behind them were R.E.M., whose video for "Everybody Hurts" was the night's most nominated video with seven nominations, and newcomer Björk, who received six nominations for "Human Behaviour."


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year

Aerosmith — "Cryin'"

Best Male Video

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers — "Mary Jane's Last Dance"

Best Female Video

Janet Jackson — "If"

Best Group Video

Aerosmith — "Cryin'"

Best New Artist in a Video

Counting Crows — "Mr. Jones"

Best Metal/Hard Rock Video

Soundgarden — "Black Hole Sun"

Best R&B Video

Salt-n-Pepa (featuring En Vogue) — "Whatta Man"

Best Rap Video

Snoop Doggy Dogg — "Doggy Dogg World"

Best Dance Video

Salt-n-Pepa (featuring En Vogue) — "Whatta Man"

Best Alternative Video

Nirvana — "Heart-Shaped Box"

Best Video from a Film

Bruce Springsteen — "Streets of Philadelphia" (from Philadelphia)

Breakthrough Video

R.E.M. — "Everybody Hurts"

Best Direction in a Video

R.E.M. — "Everybody Hurts" (Director: Jake Scott)

Best Choreography in a Video

Salt-n-Pepa (featuring En Vogue) — "Whatta Man" (Choreographers: Frank Gatson and Randy Connor)

Best Special Effects in a Video

Peter Gabriel — "Kiss That Frog" (Special Effects: Brett Leonard and Angel Studios)

Best Art Direction in a Video

Nirvana — "Heart-Shaped Box" (Art Director: Bernadette Disanto)

Best Editing in a Video

R.E.M. — "Everybody Hurts" (Editor: Pat Sheffield)

Best Cinematography in a Video

R.E.M. — "Everybody Hurts" (Director of Photography: Harris Savides)

Viewer's Choice

Aerosmith — "Cryin'"

International Viewer's Choice Awards

MTV Brasil


  • Chico Science — "A Cidade"
  • Legião Urbana — "Perfeição"
  • Raimundos — "Nêga Jurema"
  • Gilberto Gil — "Haiti"

MTV Europe


  • Linger"
  • Things Can Only Get Better"
  • Return to Innocence"
  • Stay (Faraway, So Close!)"
  • Whale — "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe"

MTV Japan

Eyes Love You"

  • Chara — "Tsumibukako Aishiteyo"
  • Original Love — "The Rover"
  • Seikima-II — "Tatakau Nihonjin"
  • Izumi Tachibana — "Vanilla"

MTV Latin America

El Matador"

  • Caifanes — "Afuera"
  • La Ley — "Tejedores de Ilusión"
  • Mano Negra — "El Señor Matanza"

Video Vanguard Award

Tom Petty

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Rolling Stones



External links

  • Official MTV site
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