MTV Video Music Awards: 1984 (first year)
Do you remember watching the MTV Video Music Awards the first year they were presented in 1984?
This year MTV Video Music Awards will be presented on Sunday August 28. Now we all understand that MTV no longer specializes in the distribution of music videos. They focus on airing reality shows that appeal to young adults and teens. But in 1984, the first year the awards were given, the short music video was a very exciting development in the music industry and very few rock or pop artists could release a single without a promotional video to back it up. , thanks to the launch of the MTV cable channel in 1981.
So with this year’s awards show coming later this month, I thought it would be cool to take a look at the MTV Video Music Awards “Video of the Year” competitions from the earliest years.
There was some amazing music released in 1983-1984 (the years for which the 1984 awards were given), including songs by michael jackson Thriller album, by Cyndi Lauper first solo album She’s so unusual, and The police with their last album before their breakup, Synchronicity. These three artists were nominated to win the “Video of the Year” award the first year it was presented, but it was a different recording act that would win the coveted award.
michael jackson was nominated for “Thriller.” How did he NOT win the award? “Thriller” is the most famous music video of all time! Were people sick of giving him rewards since he cleaned up at the Grammy Awards and the American Music Awards? Cyndi Lauper was nominated for the “Girls just wanna have fun” music video, another iconic video of the decade. The police were nominated for “Every Breath You Take,” Billboard Magazine #1 single of the year. Then there was the jazz keyboardist and composer Herbie Hancock who was nominated for the “Rockit” Musical clip; another creative entry into the field.
But the first MTV “Video of the Year” the price would eventually go to Cars for the “You might think” video!! It’s a great video, but was it really better than “Thriller?” You are the judge.
Quite an astonishing decision, but here it is. Check back soon for another look at the MTV Video Music Awards over the decade, this channel actually aired music videos.
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