1999 MTV Video Music Awards

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1999 MTV Video Music Awards
DateThursday, September 9, 1999
LocationMetropolitan Opera House, New York City
CountryUnited States
Hosted byChris Rock
Most awardsRicky Martin (5)
Most nominationsRicky Martin and Korn (9 each)
Websitehttp://www.mtv.com/vma/1999/ Edit this on Wikidata
Television/radio coverage
Produced bySalli Frattini
Dave Sirulnick
Directed byBeth McCarthy
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The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards (stylized as 9999 MTV Video Music Awards) aired live on September 9, 1999, honoring the best music videos from June 13, 1998, to June 11, 1999. The show was hosted by Chris Rock at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.[1] Ricky Martin was the most-awarded artist of the night, winning two primary awards for Best Pop Video and Best Dance Video, and three additional awards in the International Viewer's Choice categories for "Livin' la Vida Loca".[2] Martin and Korn were the most nominated artists of the night, both with 9 nominations for their songs, "Livin' la Vida Loca" and "Freak on a Leash", respectively. Martin was also the first Latin artist in history to receive a nomination in Video of the Year category,[3] but lost to "Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill, which became the first Hip hop video to receive the award.[4][5]

Highlights of the show included Diana Ross jiggling Lil' Kim's exposed breast in response to her outfit, which left her entire left breast uncovered, but for a small pastie on her nipple. The mothers of slain rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., Afeni Shakur and Voletta Wallace, came together to present the Best Rap Video Award. The Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz made a plea for peace in the wake of the sexual assaults at Woodstock '99. Near the end of the night, MTV staged a tribute to Madonna, the most-nominated artist in VMA history, by presenting a host of male drag performers dressed as the singer in her past music videos. Rapper DMX was scheduled to perform but was a no-show; as a result, Jay-Z's solo set was extended. Another moment of the ceremony was the debut of Britney Spears performing her debut single "...Baby One More Time", and then, NSYNC, performed their song "Tearin' Up My Heart".

As Backstreet Boys came up and accepted their award for Viewer's Choice, a stranger came onto the stage and said, "Wake up at 3". This person was later revealed to be John Del Signore, who crashed the ceremony in a failed attempt to sell Viacom a show idea.[6]

The awards show featured a line-up of sponsors and cross-promotions, most notably with SEGA, as the date of the show also coincided with the launch of their Dreamcast game console.


After scouting locations in both New York and Los Angeles, MTV announced in May that the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards would be held at New York's Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center.[7] (MTV's traditional New York venue, Radio City Music Hall, was closed for renovations at the time.) Comedian Chris Rock was announced as the ceremony's host on June 30.[8] Nominations were announced at a press conference hosted by Rock, Carson Daly, and Ricky Martin and held at Lincoln Center on July 28.[9] For the first time, the ceremony was promoted with a "VMA Week" on Total Request Live, which would continue annually until that program's cancellation in 2008. The ceremony broadcast was preceded by the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards Opening Act. Hosted by Kurt Loder and Serena Altschul with reports from Chris Connelly, Carson Daly, Ananda Lewis, and John Norris, the broadcast featured red carpet interviews, a pre-taped interview with Trent Reznor, pre-taped features on Britney Spears' outfit selection and testing various singers' vocal ability to shatter glass, and performances from Smash Mouth and Blink-182.


Main show[edit]

List of musical performances
Artist(s) Song(s)
Smash Mouth "All Star"
Blink-182 "What's My Age Again?"
"All the Small Things"
Main show
Kid Rock (featuring Run-DMC, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Joe C.) "King of Rock"
"Rock Box"
"Walk This Way"
Lauryn Hill "Lost Ones"
"Everything Is Everything"
Backstreet Boys "I Want It That Way"
"Larger Than Life"
Ricky Martin "She's All I Ever Had"
"Livin' la Vida Loca"
Nine Inch Nails "The Fragile"
TLC "No Scrubs"
Fatboy Slim "Praise You"
Jay-Z (featuring DJ Clue and Amil) "Jigga My Nigga"
"Can I Get A..."
"Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)"
Britney Spears and NSYNC "...Baby One More Time"
"Tearin' Up My Heart"
Eminem, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg "My Name Is"
"Guilty Conscience"
"Nuthin' But a "G" Thang"



Main show[edit]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.

Video of the Year Best Male Video
Best Female Video Best Group Video
Best New Artist in a Video Best Pop Video
Best Rock Video Best R&B Video
Best Rap Video Best Hip-Hop Video
Best Dance 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 Best Artist Website
Viewer's Choice International Viewer's Choice: MTV Australia
International Viewer's Choice: MTV Brasil International Viewer's Choice: MTV India
International Viewer's Choice: MTV Korea International Viewer's Choice: MTV Latin America (North)
International Viewer's Choice: MTV Latin America (South) International Viewer's Choice: MTV Mandarin
International Viewer's Choice: MTV Russia International Viewer's Choice: MTV Southeast Asia

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Kaufmang, Gil (September 10, 1999). "Ricky Martin, Lauryn Hill Dominate at MTV Video Music Awards". MTV News. Archived from the original on June 26, 2020. Retrieved May 24, 2021.
  3. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (July 21, 2020). "Who'll Be Nominated For Video of the Year at the 2020 VMAs? Sizing Up the Most Likely Contenders". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 24, 2021. Retrieved May 24, 2021.
  4. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R. (August 25, 2018). "Flashback: See Lauryn Hill Perform Lush Version of 'Lost Ones' at MTV VMAs". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on August 26, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  5. ^ Anthony, Kiyonna (September 10, 2021). "5 Best Hip Hop Moments From The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards". iHeartRadio. Archived from the original on September 11, 2021. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  6. ^ Del Signore, John (November 6, 2009). "Bite Me, Kanye! I Bum-Rushed the MTV Video Music Awards, Ten Years Ago This Week". The Awl. Archived from the original on March 28, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  7. ^ Petrozzello, Donna (May 27, 1999). "MTV awards come home to N.Y." New York Daily News – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Chris Rock takes the mic for Video Music Awards". MTV News. June 30, 1999. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  9. ^ "Korn, Ricky Martin, Will Smith, TLC lead 1999 Video Music Award nominees; Martin, Backstreet Boys, TLC to perform". MTV News. July 28, 1999. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  10. ^ Basham, Dave (September 9, 1999). "Smash Mouth Brave Rain While Blink 182 Enjoy Perfect Weather At VMA Opening Act - MTV". mtv.com. Archived from the original on February 3, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  11. ^ MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show (Television broadcast). United States: MTV. September 9, 1999. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  12. ^ "Kids ThinkLink - CultureLink". Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2009-06-30.

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