1993 MTV Video Music Awards

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1993 MTV Video Music Awards
DateThursday, September 2, 1993
LocationUniversal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Hosted byChristian Slater
Most awardsPearl Jam (4)
Most nominationsEn Vogue (9)
Television/radio coverage

The 1993 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 2, 1993, honoring the best music videos from June 16, 1992, to June 15, 1993. The show was hosted by Christian Slater at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. This would be Kurt Cobain's final VMA appearance.

This year marked the introduction of yet another new category with the addition of Best R&B Video ballot. However, this would be the first time that a new award was added to the list of genre categories, a move that was mainly propelled by the success and popularity of MTV Jams.

The night's biggest winner was Pearl Jam, whose video for "Jeremy" earned four awards that night, including Video of the Year. Closely following were En Vogue with three Moonmen and Madonna and Peter Gabriel with two awards apiece. All other winners took one award each.

Meanwhile, in terms of nominations R&B group En Vogue and their video for "Free Your Mind" were the most nominated act and video (respectively) that night, receiving a total of eight nominations. The second most nominated artists of the night were Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith, and R.E.M., who received six nominations that night. Gabriel split his six nominations evenly between his videos for "Digging in the Dirt" and "Steam." All of R.E.M.'s nominations went to their video for "Man on the Moon." Lastly, Aerosmith, the winners of the Viewer's Choice award, received six nominations for their clip "Livin' on the Edge."

Winners and nominations[edit]

Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year[edit]

Pearl Jam – "Jeremy"

Best Male Video[edit]

Lenny Kravitz – "Are You Gonna Go My Way"

Best Female Video[edit]

k.d. lang – "Constant Craving"

Best Group Video[edit]

Pearl Jam – "Jeremy"

Best New Artist in a Video[edit]

Stone Temple Pilots – "Plush"

Best Metal/Hard Rock Video[edit]

Pearl Jam – "Jeremy"

Best R&B Video[edit]

En Vogue – "Free Your Mind"

Best Rap Video[edit]

Arrested Development – "People Everyday"

Best Dance Video[edit]

En Vogue – "Free Your Mind"

Best Alternative Video[edit]

Nirvana – "In Bloom"

Best Video from a Film[edit]

Alice in Chains – "Would?" (from Singles)

Breakthrough Video[edit]

Los Lobos – "Kiko and the Lavender Moon"

Best Direction in a Video[edit]

Pearl Jam – "Jeremy" (Director: Mark Pellington)

Best Choreography in a Video[edit]

En Vogue – "Free Your Mind" (Choreographers: Frank Gatson, LaVelle Smith Jr. and Travis Payne)

Best Special Effects in a Video[edit]

Peter Gabriel – "Steam" (Special Effects: Real World Productions and Colossal Pictures)

Best Art Direction in a Video[edit]

Madonna – "Rain" (Art Director: Jan Peter Flack)

Best Editing in a Video[edit]

Peter Gabriel – "Steam" (Editor: Douglas Jines)

Best Cinematography in a Video[edit]

Madonna – "Rain" (Director of Photography: Harris Savides)

Viewer's Choice[edit]

Aerosmith – "Livin' on the Edge"

International Viewer's Choice Awards[edit]

MTV Asia[edit]

Indus Creed – "Pretty Child"

  • Beyond – "The Great Wall"
  • Jerry Huang – "The Love March"
  • Mai – "Sia-Jai-Dai-Yin-Mai"
  • Tang Dynasty – "A Dream Return to Tang Dynasty"

MTV Brasil[edit]

Titãs – "Será Que É Isso o Que Eu Necessito?"

MTV Europe[edit]

George Michael – "Killer/Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"

MTV Internacional[edit]

Luis Miguel – "América, América"





  1. ^ Sandler, Adam (July 22, 1993). "MTV vid awards come into Vogue – Entertainment News, Music News, Media – Variety". Archived from the original on August 11, 2009. Retrieved August 5, 2009.

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