2006 MTV Video Music Awards

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2006 MTV Video Music Awards
DateThursday, August 31, 2006
LocationRadio City Music Hall, New York, New York
CountryUnited States
Hosted byJack Black
Most awardsJames Blunt and Gnarls Barkley (2 each)
Most nominationsShakira and Red Hot Chili Peppers (7 each)
Websitehttp://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/past-vmas/2006/ Edit this on Wikidata
Television/radio coverage
Viewership5.77 million
Produced byDone and Dusted
Salli Frattini
Dave Sirulnick
Directed byHamish Hamilton
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The 2006 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on August 31, 2006, honoring the best music videos from June 11, 2005, to June 26, 2006.[1] The show was hosted by Jack Black at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The 2006 Video Music Awards marked the first time viewers were able to vote for all performers' categories (Best Video; Best Male, Female, and Group Videos; and genre categories). Like previous years, the artistic categories (Best Direction, Best Cinematography, etc.) are still chosen by music industry professionals. The 2006 Awards also discontinued the major category Breakthrough Video.

The show was criticized by fans and viewers as being uninteresting or lacking substance. The award ceremony's ratings were down 28% from the 8 million viewers it averaged in 2005 and down 45% from the 10.3 million viewers it averaged in 2004.[2]

Shakira and Red Hot Chili Peppers received the most nominations, with seven each. Avenged Sevenfold won Best New Artist and "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", by Panic! at the Disco, became the first video to win Video of the Year without winning a single other award since "This Note's for You" by Neil Young in 1989.


MTV announced on March 21 that the 2006 Video Music Awards would be held on August 31 at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, returning to the city after two consecutive ceremonies in Miami.[3] Nominees were announced at a press conference held at Top of the Rock and hosted by Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, Beyoncé, and Justin Timberlake on July 31.[4] Jack Black was announced as host on August 10.[5] The ceremony broadcast was preceded by Red Carpet on the Rock.[6] Hosted by Kurt Loder and SuChin Pak with reports from John Norris, Sway, and Gideon Yago, the pre-show featured red carpet interviews and performances from Fergie and My Chemical Romance. It also marked Loder’s final hosting appearance at a VMA pre-show, having hosted each broadcast since 1990. The ceremony marked MTV's first attempt at integrating multi-platform content into the broadcast.[7] Expanding the previous year’s use of MTV Overdrive for bonus material, MTV Overdrive simultaneously aired a VMA Live: Backstage Uncensored channel, providing live footage of presenters and performers in the backstage areas, which was heavily promoted during the linear broadcast. For the first time, the live broadcast expanded beyond MTV to include a live simulcast on MTV2 with commentary from the MTV2 VJs and the first high-definition simulcast on MHD.


Artist(s) Song(s)
Fergie "London Bridge"
My Chemical Romance "Welcome to the Black Parade"
Main show
Justin Timberlake "My Love"
"SexyBack" (featuring Timbaland)
Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie"
Ludacris (featuring Pharrell and the Pussycat Dolls) "Money Maker"
OK Go "Here It Goes Again"
The All-American Rejects "Move Along"
Beyoncé "Ring the Alarm"
T.I. (featuring Young Dro and DJ Drama) "Shoulder Lean"
"What You Know"
Panic! at the Disco "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"
Busta Rhymes
Missy Elliott
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Medley
"Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See"
"The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
Christina Aguilera "Hurt"
Tenacious D "Friendship Song"
The Killers "Enterlude"
"When You Were Young"

In addition, The Raconteurs served as the house band, being joined by Lou Reed and Billy Gibbons on select songs.



Main show[edit]

Winners and nominees[edit]

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 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
Best Video Game Score Ringtone of the Year
MTV2 Award Viewer's Choice
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
Hype Williams


VMA Karaoke Contest[edit]

In this contest, participants picked one of three songs and made a video of themselves singing their choice. Winners received a paid trip to the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.[1]

VMA Insider Contest[edit]

The winner selected by voters at mtv.com [2] received a paid trip to the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, and was allowed to interview all the stars on the red carpet.

"Reveal the Real You" Contest[edit]

Participants sent in a story of "a moment in their life that makes them, them." Winners received an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, as well as the chance to win a trip to the VMAs in 2007.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.insightexpress.com/ix/mtv/vmaRules.asp Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine Rules and Regulations of the 23rd Annual Mtv Video Music Awards
  2. ^ MTV Awards Suffer Big Hit in Ratings – 9/4/2006 9:00:00 PM – Broadcasting & Cable Archived 2006-10-26 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ McDonnell, Evelyn (March 23, 2006). "MTV Awards say goodbye to Miami this year". Miami Herald – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (August 1, 2006). "Shakira, Peppers spice up VMA nods". Newsday – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ Moss, Corey (August 10, 2006). "Jack Black To Host MTV Video Music Awards; Promises To 'Bring The Thunder'". MTV News. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  6. ^ "Fergie and My Chemical Romance Set to Perform During 2006 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show 'Red Carpet on the Rock' Thursday, August 31st, 6:30pm -8:00pm (ET Live, tape-delayed PT)". Markets Insider. August 28, 2006. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  7. ^ "MTV Overdrive to Broadcast Live Behind the Scenes Feed of the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards". The Futon Critic. July 31, 2006. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  8. ^ MTV.com – VMA 2006 – Acuvue Sweepstakes