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1998 MTV Video Music Awards

1998 MTV Video Music Awards
Date Thursday, September 10, 1998
Location Universal Amphitheatre
Country USA
Host Ben Stiller
Official website
Television/Radio coverage
Network MTV
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The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 10, 1998, honoring the best music videos from June 17, 1997, to June 12, 1998. The show was hosted by Ben Stiller at Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

Madonna was the most successful that night, winning six awards: five for "Ray of Light", including Video of the Year and Best Female Video, and one for "Frozen". Will Smith and The Prodigy won two awards that night, while all other winners received only one award.


In the weeks before the awards ceremony, MTV "hacked" its own website intentionally and graffitied the words "JF Was Here" across the page,[1] at the same time that the British hacker JF was under investigation by Scotland Yard for the milw0rm hacktivist attacks.[2] Hundreds of pages hosted on sported the new JF logo, including one page that read, "JF was here, greets to milw0rm".[3] MTV later confirmed that the alleged JF "hack" was a publicity stunt to promote the appearance of a commentator named Johnny Fame at their upcoming awards show.[2] Many were puzzled by the apparent hack committed by JF since the hacker was "known for relatively high ethical standards."[2]


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year

Madonna – "Ray of Light"

Best Male Video

Will Smith – "Just the Two of Us"

Best Female Video

Madonna – "Ray of Light"

Best Group Video

Backstreet Boys – "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"

Best New Artist in a Video

Natalie Imbruglia – "Torn"

Best Rock Video

Aerosmith – "Pink"

Best R&B Video

Wyclef Jean – "Gone Till November"

Best Rap Video

Will Smith – "Gettin' Jiggy wit It"

Best Dance Video

The Prodigy – "Smack My Bitch Up"

Best Alternative Video

Green Day – "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"

Best Video from a Film

Aerosmith – "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (from Armageddon)

Breakthrough Video

The Prodigy – "Smack My Bitch Up"

Best Direction in a Video

Madonna – "Ray of Light" (Director: Jonas Åkerlund)

Best Choreography in a Video

Madonna – "Ray of Light" (Choreographers: Madonna and Jonas Åkerlund)

Best Special Effects in a Video

Madonna – "Frozen" (Special Effects: Steve Murgatroyd, Dan Williams, Steve Hiam, and Anthony Walsham)

Best Art Direction in a Video

Björk – "Bachelorette" (Art Director: Samantha Gore)

Best Editing in a Video

Madonna – "Ray of Light" (Editor: Jonas Åkerlund)

Best Cinematography in a Video

Fiona Apple – "Criminal" (Director of Photography: Harris Savides)

Viewer's Choice

Puff Daddy and the Family (featuring The LOX, Lil' Kim, The Notorious B.I.G. and Fuzzbubble – "It's All About the Benjamins (rock remix)"

International Viewer's Choice Awards

MTV Asia

Kala Cinta Menggoda"

  • H.O.T. – "We Are the Future"
  • Innuendo – "Belaian Jiwa"
  • Kulay – "Shout"
  • Nicole Theriault – "Kapolo"

MTV Australia


  • Grinspoon – "Just Ace"
  • Torn"
  • Robyn Loau – "Sick with Love"
  • Regurgitator – "Black Bugs"
  • Screamfeeder – "Hi C's"
  • Cemetery"

MTV Brasil

Racionais MC's – "Diário de um Detento"

  • Fernanda Abreu – "Jack Soul Brasileiro"
  • Barão Vermelho – "Puro Êxtase"
  • Biquini Cavadão – "Janaína"
  • Charlie Brown Jr. – "Proibida pra Mim"
  • Cidade Negra – "Realidade Virtual"
  • Claudinho e Buchecha – "Quero te Encontrar"
  • Pata Pata"
  • Engenheiros do Hawaii – "A Montanha"
  • Gabriel o Pensador – "Cachimbo da Paz"
  • Ira! – "Eu Não Sei (Can't Explain)"
  • Jota Quest – "Onibusfobia"
  • Maskavo Roots – "Djorous"
  • Os Paralamas do Sucesso – "Ela Disse Adeus"
  • Pato Fu – "Antes Que Seja Tarde"
  • Planet Hemp – "Adoled (The Ocean)"
  • Raimundos – "Andar na Pedra"
  • O Rappa – "Vapor Barato"
  • Lulu Santos – "Hyperconectividade"
  • [5]

MTV India

Udit Narayan – "Dil To Pagal Hai"

  • Abhijeet – "Main Koi Aisa Geet"
  • Asha Bhosle – "Janam Samjha Karo"
  • Kamaal Khan – "O Oh Jaane Jana"
  • A. R. Rahman – "Maa Tujhe Salaam"

MTV Japan

Pink Spider"

  • Blankey Jet City – "Akai Tanbarin"
  • Storm"
  • Ai no Shirushi"
  • Shikao Suga – "Story"

MTV Latin America (North)

Molotov – "Gimme Tha Power"

  • Aterciopelados – "Cosita Seria"
  • Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas – "Jugo"
  • La Ley – "Fotofobia"
  • Plastilina Mosh – "Mr. P. Mosh"

MTV Latin America (South)

Molotov – "Gimme Tha Power"

  • Andrés Calamaro – "Loco"
  • Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – "Calaveras y Diablitos"
  • Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas – "Jugo"
  • Turf – "Casanova"

MTV Mandarin

Coco Lee – "Di Da Di"

  • Black Biscuits – "Stamina"
  • Karen Mok – "He Doesn't Love Me"
  • Na Ying – "Conquer"
  • Power Station – "Cruel Love Letter"
  • David Tao – "Beside the Airport"

Video Vanguard Award

Beastie Boys



Main show



Main show


  1. ^ "MTV "hack" backfires". CNet. September 9, 1998. Archived from the original on 2003-04-16. 
  2. ^ a b c "'"MTV Cries 'Hacked!. Wired. September 9, 1998. Archived from the original on July 21, 2009. Retrieved July 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ "AntiOnline's Editorial Coverage Of The MTV Site "Hack" ?". AntiOnline. September 1998. Archived from the original on December 5, 1998. 
  4. ^ MTV - Logo Competition
  5. ^ UOL - O melhor conteúdo Archived March 31, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Archived February 18, 2009 at the Wayback Machine

External links

  • Official MTV site
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