2003 MTV Video Music Awards

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2003 MTV Video Music Awards
DateThursday, August 28, 2003
LocationRadio City Music Hall, New York, New York
CountryUnited States
Hosted byChris Rock
Most awardsBeyoncé, Coldplay & Justin Timberlake (3 each)
Most nominationsMissy Elliott (8)
Websitehttp://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/past-vmas/2003/ Edit this on Wikidata
Television/radio coverage
Produced byAlex Coletti
Salli Frattini
Dave Sirulnick
Directed byBeth McCarthy-Miller
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The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on August 28, 2003, honoring the best music videos from June 1, 2002, to June 9, 2003. The show was hosted by Chris Rock at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The ceremony is best remembered for Madonna kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during the show's opening performance.


MTV announced on June 25 that the 2003 Video Music Awards would be held on August 28 at Radio City Music Hall and hosted by Chris Rock.[1] Nominees were announced on July 24.[2] The ceremony broadcast was preceded by the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards Opening Act. Hosted by Kurt Loder and SuChin Pak with reports from John Norris, Iann Robinson, Sway, and Gideon Yago, the broadcast featured red carpet interviews, pre-taped features on the career of Johnny Cash and a comparison between Eminem and 50 Cent, and performances from Sean Paul and Black Eyed Peas.

This was the final year to present International Viewers' Choice Awards representing MTV's international affiliates.


Artist(s) Song(s)
Sean Paul "Like Glue"
"Get Busy"
"Gimme the Light"
Black Eyed Peas "Where Is the Love?"
Main show
Britney Spears
Christina Aguilera
Missy Elliott
"Like a Virgin" (Spears and Aguilera only)
"Work It" (featuring Missy Elliott)
Good Charlotte "The Anthem"
Christina Aguilera
Dave Navarro
"Dirrty" (Aguilera and Redman)
"Fighter" (Aguilera and Navarro)
50 Cent
Snoop Dogg
Mary J. Blige
Method Man
50 Cent
"All I Need" (Blige only)
"Love @ 1st Sight" (Blige and Method Man)
"Ooh!" (Blige and 50 Cent)
"Family Affair" (Blige only)
Coldplay "The Scientist"
"Baby Boy" (Beyoncé only)
"Crazy in Love"
Metallica VMA 20th Anniversary Medley




Main show[edit]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Nominees were selected by a group of approximately 5,000 viewers and members of the music industry.[3] Winners in general and professional categories were selected by a group of 500 members of the music industry.[4] Winners of the Viewer's Choice award 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.

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
Lifetime Achievement Award
Duran Duran

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mancini, Rob (June 25, 2003). "Chris Rock To Host 2003 MTV Video Music Awards". MTV News. Retrieved August 12, 2022.
  2. ^ Mancini, Rob (July 24, 2003). "Missy, Justin, Johnny Cash, 50 And Eminem Top VMA Nominees List". MTV News. Retrieved August 12, 2022.
  3. ^ "Elliott leads MTV award notes". The Boston Globe. Los Angeles Times. July 26, 2003 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Morrow, Terry (August 24, 2003). "Eclectic nominees scream arrival of MTV awards show". Knoxville News Sentinel – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ JO CASAMENTO. "out there." Sunday Telegraph (Sydney, Australia) 31 Aug. 2003, 1 - State, Features: 134. NewsBank Access World News. Georgetown University Library. 9 Jul. 2009. <http://0-infoweb.newsbank.com.library.lausys.georgetown.edu>.
  6. ^ "VMB 2003 | Escolha da Audiência | Vídeos | VMB | MTV Brasil". Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2011-09-11.

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