2001 MTV Video Music Awards

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2001 MTV Video Music Awards
DateThursday, September 6, 2001
LocationMetropolitan Opera House, New York City
CountryUnited States
Hosted byJamie Foxx
Most awardsFatboy Slim (6)
Most nominationsFatboy Slim (9)
Websitehttp://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/past-vmas/2001/ Edit this on Wikidata
Television/radio coverage
Produced byAlex Coletti
Salli Frattini
Dave Sirulnick
Directed byBeth McCarthy-Miller
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The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 6, 2001, honoring the best music videos from June 10, 2000, to June 8, 2001. The show was hosted by Jamie Foxx at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

Highlights of the show included a surprise appearance by Michael Jackson at the end of NSYNC's performance and an iconic performance from Britney Spears, in which she danced to "I'm a Slave 4 U" while utilizing a host of live animals, including an Albino python draped over her shoulders. Macy Gray wore a dress with a promotional message, instructing viewers to buy her new album. Andy Dick portrayed a fictional cousin of Christina Aguilera, Daphne Aguilera, who, in a skit, "attacked" Aguilera in the audience. The show also featured memorials for Aaliyah and Joey Ramone. Many of the night's winners dedicated awards to the two fallen musicians over the course of the telecast.

Fatboy Slim took home six Moonmen, the most of the evening, for his "Weapon of Choice" video, which featured the dancing talents of actor Christopher Walken. NSYNC's "Pop" took home four awards. Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, Pink and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott took home two awards, including the Video of the Year award, for their collaborative rendition of "Lady Marmalade".

The World Trade Center towers that featured in Limp Bizkit's winning rock video were destroyed in the September 11 attacks five days later.


MTV announced on July 23 that the 2001 Video Music Awards would be held on September 6 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.[1] Nominees were announced on the same day.[1][2] The ceremony marked the introduction of the fan-voted MTV2 Award, which was meant to honor videos that debuted on MTV2.[3] Jamie Foxx was announced as host on August 7.[4] The ceremony broadcast was preceded by the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards Opening Act.[5] Hosted by Kurt Loder and SuChin Pak with reports from Chris Connelly, John Norris, Iann Robinson, Sway, and Gideon Yago, the broadcast featured red carpet interviews, pre-taped features on DMX, Pink's and Ja Rule's outfit selection, and a challenge to remix music from Carmen, and performances from Alien Ant Farm and City High featuring Eve.[5] Viewers were able to vote on which outfit Pink and Ja Rule should wear prior to the pre-show.[5]


Spears' performance with an albino Burmese python. The performance garnered negative criticism from PETA.
List of musical performances
Artist(s) Song(s)
Alien Ant Farm "Smooth Criminal"
City High (featuring Eve) "What Would You Do?"
Main show
Jennifer Lopez (featuring Ja Rule) "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (Lopez only)
"I'm Real (Murder Remix)"
Linkin Park and The X-Ecutioners "One Step Closer"
Alicia Keys "Für Elise"
NSYNC (featuring Michael Jackson) "Pop"
Jay-Z "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"
Staind "Fade"
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott "Get Ur Freak On (remix)" (featuring Nelly Furtado)
"One Minute Man" (featuring Ludacris and Trina)
U2 "Elevation"
"Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
Britney Spears "I'm a Slave 4 U"



Main show[edit]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Nominees were selected by approximately 500 members of the music industry and MTV viewers.[6] Winners in general categories, except for the Viewer's Choice awards and MTV2 Award, were selected by members of the music industry and MTV viewers.[6] Winners in professional categories were selected by members of the music industry. Winners of the Viewer's Choice awards and the MTV2 Award were selected by viewers. Voting for the MTV2 Award and Viewer's Choice award was conducted on MTV's website and, in the case of the latter award, through phone voting that continued through the ceremony broadcast. MTV announced after the broadcast that over five million votes were cast for the Viewer's Choice award and nearly one million votes were cast for the MTV2 Award.[7]

Winners are in bold text.

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 MTV2 Award
Viewer's Choice International Viewer's Choice: MTV Australia
International Viewer's Choice: MTV Brasil International Viewer's Choice: MTV India (Hindi film category)
International Viewer's Choice: MTV India (Hindi pop category) International Viewer's Choice: MTV Japan
International Viewer's Choice: MTV Korea International Viewer's Choice: MTV Latin America (North)
International Viewer's Choice: MTV Latin America (Central) 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
  • Kyla – "Hanggang Ngayon"
    • Black Maria – "Veto"
    • Dome – "Pa Lao"
    • Naif – "Posessif"
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Mancini, Rob (July 23, 2001). "Video Music Awards nominations: Fatboy Slim, Missy Elliott, 'NSYNC, 'Lady Marmalade' lead the pack". MTV News.
  2. ^ "Fatboy Slim's 9 nods leads MTV nominations". New York Daily News. July 24, 2001 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Reid, Shaheem (July 26, 2001). "Alicia Keys, Gorillaz, Mudvayne Up For MTV2 Award". MTV News. Retrieved August 7, 2022.
  4. ^ Oei, Lily (August 7, 2001). "Foxx set to host MTV's 18th Video Music Awards". Variety. Retrieved August 7, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c Wilkes, Neil (August 21, 2001). "MTV VMAs: 'Opening Act' performers announced". Digital Spy. Retrieved August 7, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Fiasco, Lance (July 23, 2001). "Fatboy Slim Tops List Of 2001 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees With Nine Nominations". idobi. Retrieved August 7, 2022.
  7. ^ "MTV's 18th annual VMA's earn boffo ratings". Hits Daily Double. September 7, 2001. Retrieved August 7, 2022.
  8. ^ "UOL - O melhor conteúdo". Vmb.mtv.uol.com.br. 1970-01-01. Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2016-04-09.

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