1992 MTV Video Music Awards

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1992 MTV Video Music Awards
DateWednesday, September 9, 1992
LocationPauley Pavilion, Los Angeles
CountryUnited States
Hosted byDana Carvey
Most awardsVan Halen & Red Hot Chili Peppers (3)
Most nominationsRed Hot Chili Peppers (9)
Television/radio coverage
Produced byDoug Herzog
Judy McGrath
Gregory Sills
Directed byBruce Gowers
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The 1992 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 9, 1992, honoring the best music videos from June 16, 1991, to June 15, 1992. The show was hosted by Dana Carvey at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

The night's biggest winners were Van Halen and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as each group earned three moonmen that night. Particularly, Van Halen's video for "Right Now" took home the main award of the night, Video of the Year, and received seven nominations, making it the most nominated video of the night. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, meanwhile, won the award for Viewer's Choice and received a total of nine nominations for two of their videos, becoming the most nominated act of the night. Six of the Peppers' nominations were for "Give It Away", and the remaining three went to "Under the Bridge".

The show was notable for a feud between Axl Rose and members of Nirvana as well as Courtney Love. It began backstage before the awards show, when Love jokingly offered to make Rose the godfather of Frances Bean Cobain. Rose threatened Cobain, telling him to quiet his wife, and barbs were exchanged between Love and Rose's then-girlfriend Stephanie Seymour.[1][2] Bassists Krist Novoselic and Duff McKagan almost came to blows over the incident, just before Nirvana were to take the stage.[3][4] The spat went public onstage immediately after Nirvana's performance of "Lithium", as drummer Dave Grohl taunted Rose. Cobain then raised the dispute in post-show interviews at the VMA.[1][2]

Along with Nirvana and Guns N' Roses, the night's performers included the likes of Bryan Adams, Def Leppard, En Vogue, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, and Eric Clapton, among others. Also, there was a special performance by U2 via satellite, with host Dana Carvey playing the drums for them from the Pauley Pavilion. English band The Cure was slated to perform, but had to cancel their appearance, citing illness and exhaustion.[5]


MTV announced on June 23 that the 1992 Video Music Awards would be held on September 9 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion and hosted by Dana Carvey.[6] MTV cited the abilities to expand the number of performances and the size of the audience as reasons for moving to the Pauley Pavilion.[7][8] Nominees were announced at a press conference held on July 7.[7] In an effort to raise the energy of the ceremony, MTV increased the number of tickets available to the general public from 1,000 to 6,000.[8] MTV also claimed that the ceremony was the first Video Music Awards to be completely live with no pre-recorded music.[8] The ceremony broadcast was preceded by the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards Opening Act hosted by Kurt Loder, Tabitha Soren, John Norris, and Cindy Crawford.


Kurt Cobain (front) and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana performing at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.
List of musical performances in order of appearance
Artist(s) Song(s) Ref.
The Black Crowes "Remedy"
Bobby Brown "Humpin' Around"
U2 and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar "Even Better Than the Real Thing"[a]
Def Leppard "Let's Get Rocked"
Nirvana "Rape Me" (intro)
Elton John "The One"
Pearl Jam "Jeremy"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge" (intro)
"Give It Away"
Michael Jackson "Black or White"[b]
Bryan Adams "Do I Have to Say the Words?"
En Vogue "Free Your Mind"
Eric Clapton "Tears in Heaven"
Guns N' Roses and Elton John "November Rain"
  1. ^ U2 performed live via satellite from Pontiac, Michigan, while Carvey accompanied on drums from the ceremony venue in character as Garth from Wayne's World
  2. ^ from his Dangerous Tour in London



Main show[edit]

Winners and nominations[edit]

Winners, except for the Viewer's Choice awards, were selected by a panel of approximately 700 members of the music industry.[7]

Winners are in bold text.[9]

Video of the Year Best Male Video
Best Female Video Best Group Video
Best New Artist in a Video Best Metal/Hard Rock Video
Best Rap Video Best Dance Video
Best Alternative Video Best Video from a Film
Breakthrough Video Best Direction in a Video
Best Choreography in a Video Best Special Effects in a Video
Best Art Direction in a Video Best Editing in a Video
Best Cinematography in a Video Viewer's Choice
International Viewer's Choice: MTV Asia International Viewer's Choice: MTV Australia
International Viewer's Choice: MTV Brasil International Viewer's Choice: MTV Europe
International Viewer's Choice: MTV Internacional
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
Guns N' Roses


  1. ^ a b Hartmann, Graham 'Gruhamed'. "AXL ROSE VS. NIRVANA – NASTIEST ROCK FEUDS". Loudwire. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b Hyden, Steven (19 October 2010). "Part 2: 1991: "What's so civil about war anyway?"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  3. ^ McKagan, Duff (11 February 2010). "All Apologies". Seattle Weekly. Archived from the original on 2011-12-28. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  4. ^ Novoselic, Krist (18 November 2008). "What Really Happened at the 1992 MTV Music Video Awards". Seattle Weekly. Archived from the original on 3 March 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  5. ^ TCDB (12 November 2015). "THE CURE cancel MTV Video Music Awards performance - 1992". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ MacMinn, Aleene (June 24, 1992). "Award Time". The Los Angeles Times – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ a b c "Red Hot Chili Peppers up for MTV awards". The Times. Streator, Illinois. July 8, 1992 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ a b c Cerone, Daniel (September 8, 1992). "Expect the unexpected on MTV video music awards". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Los Angeles Times – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Considine, J.D. (September 9, 1992). "Other award shows can be totally stodgy, but this is MTV". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on October 11, 2020. Retrieved October 11, 2020.

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