2004 MTV Video Music Awards

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2004 MTV Video Music Awards
DateSunday, August 29, 2004
LocationAmerican Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
CountryUnited States
Hosted bynone
Most awardsOutkast and Jay-Z (4)
Most nominationsJay-Z (6)
Television/radio coverage
Produced byMichael Dempsey
Salli Frattini
Dave Sirulnick
Directed byLouis J. Horvitz
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The 2004 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on August 29, 2004, honoring the best music videos from the previous year. The show took place at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, and, unlike in previous years, had no host.


MTV announced on April 16 that the 2004 Video Music Awards would be held on August 29 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.[1] The move to Miami was partially caused by a date conflict with the 2004 Republican National Convention, which was held from August 30 to September 2 in the VMAs' traditional location of New York City.[2] Nominees were announced on July 27 at a press conference hosted by Missy Elliott and Usher in Miami.[3][4] At the same press conference, MTV announced that the ceremony would not have a host, partially due to the scale of the venue.[4] The ceremony broadcast was preceded by the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show by the Shore, marking the first time since 1990 that the Opening Act branding was not used for a VMAs pre-show. Hosted by Kurt Loder and SuChin Pak with reports from John Norris, Sway, and Gideon Yago, the broadcast featured red carpet interviews.[5] The broadcast marked the first time that MTV used a tape delay for the VMAs, which indirectly resulted from the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy.[6] Several aspects of the ceremony tied into MTV's Choose or Lose 2004 campaign encouraging youth voter turnout, including Outkast's performance and the appearance of the Bush sisters and Kerry sisters.[7]


Artist(s) Song(s)
Jadakiss (featuring Anthony Hamilton) "Why"
Ashlee Simpson "Pieces of Me"
New Found Glory "All Downhill from Here"
Main show
Usher "Confessions Part II"
"Yeah!" (featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon)
Jet "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
Hoobastank "The Reason"
Yellowcard "Ocean Avenue"
Kanye West "Jesus Walks"
"All Falls Down" (featuring Syleena Johnson and John Legend)
"Through the Wire" (featuring Chaka Khan)
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
Ying Yang Twins
Petey Pablo
Terror Squad (featuring Fat Joe)
"Get Low"
"Salt Shaker"
"Lean Back"[a]
Jessica Simpson "With You"
Nelly (featuring Christina Aguilera) "Tilt Ya Head Back"
Alicia Keys "If I Ain't Got You"
"Higher Ground" (featuring Lenny Kravitz and Stevie Wonder)
The Polyphonic Spree "Hold Me Now"
OutKast "Prototype"
"The Way You Move"
"Hey Ya!"
  1. ^ Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, Ying Yang Twins, and Petey Pablo all performed on each other's songs before joining Terror Squad and Fat Joe for "Lean Back."



  • Kurt Loder and SuChin Pak – announced the winners of the professional categories and Breakthrough Video

Main show[edit]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are in bold text.[8]

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 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 Video Game Soundtrack MTV2 Award
Viewer's Choice

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mancini, Rob (April 16, 2004). "MTV Video Music Awards To Be Held In Miami". MTV News. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  2. ^ Susman, Gary (April 16, 2004). "MTV Video Music Awards move to Miami". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  3. ^ Mancini, Rob (July 27, 2004). "Jay-Z, Beyonce, No Doubt, Outkast lead VMA Nominees". MTV News. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Sainz, Adrian (July 28, 2004). "Rapper Jay-Z nabs six nominations for tricked-out MTV Video awards". The Burlington Free Press. Associated Press – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "MTV Sets Pre-VMA Sked". Multichannel News. August 10, 2004. Retrieved November 6, 2022.
  6. ^ "MTV heats up Miami". Newsday. Associated Press. August 30, 2004 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Martin, Lydia (August 31, 2004). "A hot time in Miami for the MTV awards". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Knight Ridder – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "2004 MTV Video Music Awards Winners". Billboard. August 30, 2004. Retrieved August 9, 2023.
  9. ^ Rotter, Jeffrey (August 22, 2004). "Once the anti-Grammys, MTV show is a sign of the times". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on October 8, 2020. Retrieved October 8, 2020.