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1996 MTV Video Music Awards

1996 MTV Video Music Awards
Date Wednesday, September 4, 1996
Location Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York
Host Dennis Miller
Television/Radio coverage
Network MTV
1995 MTV Video Music Awards 1997 >

The 1996 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 4, 1996, honoring the best music videos from June 16, 1995, to June 14, 1996. The show was hosted by Dennis Miller at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The show centered on The Smashing Pumpkins, who led the pack that night with nine nominations. Having both lost their touring keyboardist days before this appearance to a heroin overdose and kicked longtime, original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin out of the band as a result of this incident, the band opened the show as a three-piece, performing an awe-clinching, emotional version of "Tonight, Tonight." What is more, the Pumpkins ended up winning seven of the awards they were up for: "Tonight, Tonight" earned six wins out of its eight nominations, including Video of the Year, thus making it the night's most nominated and biggest winning video; while their video for "1979" earned the one Moonman it was nominated for: Best Alternative Video.

The next biggest nominee and winner that night was Canadian singer Alanis Morissette, who won three out of her six nominations for her video "Ironic." Tying with her in terms of nominations was Icelandic singer Björk, who also received six; however, her video for "It's Oh So Quiet" only took home one Moonman for Best Choreography. Closely following with five nominations each were Coolio, the Foo Fighters, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Out of these, though, only the former two ended up taking home some Moonmen for their videos. Coolio won three, as "Gangsta's Paradise" won two out of its three nominations, and "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" won one out of its two nominations, while the Foo Fighters' "Big Me" took home one Moonman for Best Group Video. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, meanwhile, went home empty-handed.

Highlights of the show included a pre-show set by little-but-soon-to-be-widely known No Doubt, who performed on the entrance marquee of Radio City Music Hall. There was also a short-lived reunion of the four original members of Van Halen, who had not appeared together at that time for more than a decade (and who did not appear together afterwards until the Van Halen 2007–2008 North American Tour), presenting the award for Best Male Video, as well as a live interlink with astronauts on the Mir space station. The show also marked Tupac Shakur's final public appearance before being shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada three days later on September 7.


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year

The Smashing Pumpkins — "Tonight, Tonight"

Best Male Video

Beck — "Where It's At"

Best Female Video

Alanis Morissette — "Ironic"

Best Group Video

Foo Fighters — "Big Me"

Best New Artist in a Video

Alanis Morissette — "Ironic"

Best Hard Rock Video

Metallica — "Until It Sleeps"

Best R&B Video

The Fugees — "Killing Me Softly"

Best Rap Video

Coolio (featuring L.V.) — "Gangsta's Paradise"

Best Dance Video

Coolio — "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)"

Best Alternative Video

The Smashing Pumpkins — "1979"

Best Video from a Film

Coolio (featuring L.V.) — "Gangsta's Paradise" (from Dangerous Minds)

Breakthrough Video

The Smashing Pumpkins — "Tonight, Tonight"

Best Direction in a Video

The Smashing Pumpkins — "Tonight, Tonight" (Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris)

Best Choreography in a Video

Björk — "It's Oh So Quiet" (Choreographer: Michael Rooney)

Best Special Effects in a Video

The Smashing Pumpkins — "Tonight, Tonight" (Special Effects: Chris Staves)

Best Art Direction in a Video

The Smashing Pumpkins — "Tonight, Tonight" (Art Directors: K. K. Barrett and Wayne White)

Best Editing in a Video

Alanis Morissette — "Ironic" (Editor: Scott Gray)

Best Cinematography in a Video

The Smashing Pumpkins — "Tonight, Tonight" (Director of Photography: Declan Quinn)

Viewer's Choice

Bush — "Glycerine"

International Viewer's Choice Awards

MTV Asia

Seo Taiji & Boys — "Come Back Home"

  • Dewa 19 — "Cukup Siti Nurbaya"
  • IE — "Chan Tang Jai"
  • Put3Ska — "Manila Girl"

MTV Brasil

Skank — "Garota Nacional"

  • Fernanda Abreu — "Veneno da Lata"
  • Baba Cósmica — "Sábado de Sol"
  • Barão Vermelho — "Vem Quente Que Eu Estou Fervendo"
  • Chico Science & Nação Zumbi — "Manguetown"
  • Engenheiros do Hawaii — "A Promessa"
  • Os Paralamas do Sucesso — "Lourinha Bombril"
  • Pato Fu — "Qualquer Bobagem"
  • Raimundos — "Eu Quero Ver o Oco"
  • Renato Russo — "Strani Amori"
  • Roots Bloody Roots"
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MTV Europe


  • It's Oh So Quiet"
  • Die Fantastischen Vier — "Sie Ist Weg"
  • Jovanotti — "L'Ombelico del Mondo"
  • Disco 2000"

MTV India

Colonial Cousins — "Sa Ni Dha Pa"

  • Piya Tu Ab To Aaja"
  • Biddu — "Boom Boom"
  • Indus Creed — "Sleep"
  • Shaan and Style Bhai — "Roop Tera Mastana"

MTV Japan

Kuroyume — "Pistol"

  • Ken Ishii — "Extra"
  • Toshinobu Kubota — "Funk It Up"
  • The Mad Capsule Markets — "Walk!"
  • Seiko — "Let's Talk About It"

MTV Latin America

Ella Usó Mi Cabeza Como un Revólver"

  • Los Fabulosos Cadillacs — "Mal Bicho"
  • Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas — "Abarajame"
  • Maldita Vecindad y los Hijos del 5to. Patio — "Don Palabras"
  • Eros Ramazzotti — "La Cosa Más Bella"

MTV Mandarin

Nana Tang — "Freedom"

  • Dou Wei — "Outside the Window"
  • Andy Lau — "Truly Forever"
  • Eric Moo — "Love Is So Heavy"
  • Regina Tseng — "From Dark to Light"



Main show


Main show


External links

  • Official MTV site


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