MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year

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MTV Video Music Award
for Video of the Year
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Awarded forMusic videos
CountryUnited States
Presented byMTV
First awarded1984
Currently held byThe Weeknd – "Blinding Lights" (2020)
Most awards
Most nominationsEminem (7)
WebsiteVMA website

The MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year is the most prestigious competitive award and final award handed out at the annual MTV Video Music Awards. It was first awarded in 1984 and presented to the Cars for the video "You Might Think".[1] The current holder is The Weeknd for the video "Blinding Lights".


Eminem is the most nominated artist in this category with 7 nominations,[a] he is also the only artist to be nominated in the category consecutively for 4 years.[b]

The only multiple winners of this award are Eminem ("The Real Slim Shady" and "Without Me"), Rihanna ("Umbrella" and "We Found Love"),[2] Beyoncé ("Single Ladies" and "Formation"), and Taylor Swift ("Bad Blood" and "You Need to Calm Down").

David Lee Roth (1985), U2 (1988), and Lady Gaga (2010) are the only performers to have two Video of the Year nominations in one night,[c][2] with Gaga being the only to take home the award for her video "Bad Romance".

The most nominated group in this category is U2, with four nominated videos, and no wins. En Vogue is the first female group to be nominated in this category.

Missy Elliott is the only female rapper to be nominated in the category twice, with one win.

Only two artists have won Video of the Year and been honored with the Video Vanguard Award in the same night; Peter Gabriel in 1987 with "Sledgehammer" and Justin Timberlake in 2013 with "Mirrors".

Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift are the only performers to have won the award for a video they co-directed: Lamar for "Humble" in 2017 and Swift for "You Need to Calm Down" in 2019.[3]

As the other general categories, the public is able to vote for the winner via MTV's website since 2009. American acts have won the award more than any other nationality, though award-winning videos have also been performed by musicians originating from the United Kingdom three times, from Barbados and Canada twice and from Australia and Ireland once. Rock, R&B, acid jazz, pop, and hip-hop performers are among the winners.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.


  • "†" indicates Grammy Award-winning music videos.
  • "‡" indicates Grammy Award nominated music videos.


Year Artist Video Ref
The Cars "You Might Think" [1]
Herbie Hancock "Rockit"
Michael Jackson "Thriller"
Cyndi Lauper "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
The Police "Every Breath You Take"
Don Henley "The Boys of Summer" [4]
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "Don't Come Around Here No More"
David Lee Roth "California Girls"
"Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody"
USA for Africa "We Are the World" †
Dire Straits "Money for Nothing" [5]
a-ha "Take On Me"
Godley & Creme "Cry"
Robert Palmer "Addicted to Love"
Talking Heads "Road to Nowhere"
Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer" [6]
Genesis "Land of Confusion"
Paul Simon "The Boy in the Bubble"
U2 "With or Without You"
Steve Winwood "Higher Love"
INXS "Need You Tonight" / "Mediate" [7]
George Harrison "When We Was Fab"
Bruce Springsteen "Tunnel of Love"
U2 "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
"Where the Streets Have No Name"
Neil Young "This Note's for You" [8]
Fine Young Cannibals "She Drives Me Crazy"
Michael Jackson "Leave Me Alone" †
Madonna "Like a Prayer"
Steve Winwood "Roll with It"


Year Artist Video Ref
Sinéad O'Connor "Nothing Compares 2 U" ‡ [9]
Aerosmith "Janie's Got a Gun"
Don Henley "The End of the Innocence"
Madonna "Vogue"
R.E.M. "Losing My Religion" † [10]
C+C Music Factory "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
Deee-Lite "Groove Is in the Heart"
Divinyls "I Touch Myself"
Chris Isaak "Wicked Game"
Queensrÿche "Silent Lucidity"
Van Halen "Right Now" [11]
Def Leppard "Let's Get Rocked"
Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge"
Pearl Jam "Jeremy" [12]
Aerosmith "Livin' on the Edge"
En Vogue "Free Your Mind" ‡
Peter Gabriel "Digging in the Dirt" †
R.E.M. "Man on the Moon"
Aerosmith "Cryin'" [13]
Beastie Boys "Sabotage"
Nirvana "Heart-Shaped Box"
R.E.M. "Everybody Hurts" ‡
TLC "Waterfalls" [14]
Green Day "Basket Case"
Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson "Scream" †
Weezer "Buddy Holly"
The Smashing Pumpkins "Tonight, Tonight" ‡ [15]
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony "Tha Crossroads"
Foo Fighters "Big Me"
Alanis Morissette "Ironic" ‡
Jamiroquai "Virtual Insanity" [16]
Beck "The New Pollution"
Jewel "You Were Meant for Me"
Nine Inch Nails "The Perfect Drug"
No Doubt "Don't Speak"
Madonna "Ray of Light" † [17]
Brandy and Monica "The Boy is Mine"
Puff Daddy (featuring The LOX, Lil' Kim, The Notorious B.I.G. and Fuzzbubble) "It's All About the Benjamins" (Rock Remix)
Will Smith "Gettin' Jiggy wit It"
The Verve "Bitter Sweet Symphony"
Lauryn Hill "Doo Wop (That Thing)" [18]
Backstreet Boys "I Want It That Way"
Korn "Freak on a Leash" †
Ricky Martin "Livin' la Vida Loca"
Will Smith (featuring Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee) "Wild Wild West"


Year Artist Video Ref
Eminem "The Real Slim Shady" [19]
Blink-182 "All the Small Things"
D'Angelo "Untitled (How Does It Feel)"
NSYNC "Bye Bye Bye"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Californication"
Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and P!nk (featuring Missy Elliott) "Lady Marmalade" [20]
Missy Elliott "Get Ur Freak On"
Eminem (featuring Dido) "Stan"
Fatboy Slim "Weapon of Choice" †
Janet Jackson "All for You"
U2 "Beautiful Day"
Eminem "Without Me" † [21]
Linkin Park "In the End"
NSYNC "Gone"
Nas "One Mic" ‡
P.O.D. "Alive"
The White Stripes "Fell in Love with a Girl"
Missy Elliott "Work It" [22]
50 Cent "In da Club"
Johnny Cash "Hurt" †
Eminem "Lose Yourself"
Justin Timberlake "Cry Me a River"
OutKast "Hey Ya!" ‡ [23]
D12 "My Band"
Jay-Z "99 Problems"
Britney Spears "Toxic"
Usher (featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon) "Yeah!"
Green Day "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" [24]
Coldplay "Speed of Sound"
Snoop Dogg (featuring Pharrell) "Drop It Like It's Hot"
Gwen Stefani "Hollaback Girl"
Kanye West "Jesus Walks"
Panic! at the Disco "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" [25]
Christina Aguilera "Ain't No Other Man"
Madonna "Hung Up"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" ‡
Shakira (featuring Wyclef Jean) "Hips Don't Lie"
Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z) "Umbrella" [26]
Beyoncé "Irreplaceable"
Justice "D.A.N.C.E." ‡
Justin Timberlake "What Goes Around... Comes Around"
Kanye West "Stronger"
Amy Winehouse "Rehab"
Britney Spears "Piece of Me" [27]
Chris Brown "Forever"
Jonas Brothers "Burnin' Up"
Pussycat Dolls "When I Grow Up"
The Ting Tings "Shut Up and Let Me Go"
Beyoncé "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" [28]
Eminem "We Made You"
Lady Gaga "Poker Face"
Britney Spears "Womanizer"
Kanye West "Love Lockdown"


Year Artist Video Ref
Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" † [29]
B.o.B (featuring Hayley Williams) "Airplanes"
Eminem "Not Afraid"
Florence and the Machine "Dog Days Are Over"
Lady Gaga (featuring Beyoncé) "Telephone"
Thirty Seconds to Mars "Kings and Queens"
Katy Perry "Firework" [30]
Adele "Rolling in the Deep" †
Beastie Boys "Make Some Noise"
Bruno Mars "Grenade"
Tyler, the Creator "Yonkers"
Rihanna (featuring Calvin Harris) "We Found Love" † [31]
Drake (featuring Rihanna) "Take Care"
Gotye (featuring Kimbra) "Somebody That I Used to Know"
M.I.A. "Bad Girls" ‡
Katy Perry "Wide Awake"
Justin Timberlake "Mirrors" [32]
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (featuring Wanz) "Thrift Shop"
Bruno Mars "Locked Out of Heaven"
Taylor Swift "I Knew You Were Trouble"
Robin Thicke (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) "Blurred Lines"
Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball" [33]
Iggy Azalea (featuring Charli XCX) "Fancy"
Beyoncé (featuring Jay-Z) "Drunk in Love"
Sia "Chandelier" ‡
Pharrell Williams "Happy" †
Taylor Swift (featuring Kendrick Lamar) "Bad Blood" † [34]
Beyoncé "7/11"
Kendrick Lamar "Alright" ‡
Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars) "Uptown Funk"
Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud"
Beyoncé "Formation" † [35]
Adele "Hello"
Justin Bieber "Sorry"
Drake "Hotline Bling"
Kanye West "Famous"
Kendrick Lamar "HUMBLE." † [36]
Alessia Cara "Scars to Your Beautiful"
DJ Khaled (featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller) "Wild Thoughts"
Bruno Mars "24K Magic"
The Weeknd "Reminder"
Camila Cabello (featuring Young Thug) "Havana" [37]
The Carters "Apeshit" ‡
Drake "God's Plan"
Childish Gambino "This Is America" †
Ariana Grande "No Tears Left to Cry"
Bruno Mars (featuring Cardi B) "Finesse (Remix)"
Taylor Swift "You Need to Calm Down" [38]
21 Savage (featuring J. Cole) "a lot"
Billie Eilish "Bad Guy"
Ariana Grande "Thank U, Next"
Jonas Brothers "Sucker"
Lil Nas X (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) "Old Town Road (Remix)" †


Year Artist Video Ref
The Weeknd "Blinding Lights" [39]
Billie Eilish "Everything I Wanted"
Eminem (featuring Juice Wrld) "Godzilla"
Future (featuring Drake) "Life Is Good"
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande "Rain on Me"
Taylor Swift "The Man"

Most wins[edit]

Artist Music videos Number of wins
Eminem "The Real Slim Shady" (2000), "Without Me" (2002) 2
Rihanna "Umbrella" (2007), "We Found Love" (2012)
Beyoncé "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (2009), Formation" (2016)
Taylor Swift "Bad Blood" (2015), "You Need to Calm Down" (2019)

Most nominations[edit]

Number of nominations Artist, group or band Nominated music videos
7 Eminem
5 Beyoncé
4 U2
Kanye West
Bruno Mars
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift
3 Michael Jackson
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Justin Timberlake
Britney Spears
Ariana Grande

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Beyoncé's nomination in the category in 2010 was not counted as she was a featured artist in Lady Gaga's "Telephone" music video; her nomination in 2018 for "Apeshit" is not counted as she was nominated as part of the musical duo, The Carters.
  2. ^ Eminem's nomination in 2004 for "My Band" is not counted as he was nominated as part of the group, D12.
  3. ^ Rihanna's second nomination in the category in 2012 was not counted as she was a featured artist in Drake's "Take Care" music video; the same for Missy Elliott in 2001 as she was a featured artist in the music video for "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink.


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