The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards show is right around the corner, so why not brush up on the latest happenings including this year’s nominees and performers. Then, test your knowledge about the VMAs with a bit of trivia and some fun facts. Below is you’re A-Z guide about the VMAs, past and present.
The 2013 MTV VMAs airs at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, August 25 on MTV. It will be preceded by a half-hour red carpet show at 8:30 p.m. To get set for this year's VMAs, be sure to check out the slide show to the left for some of the best moments from 2012.
A: All-Time MTV VMA Winner
Madonna holds the record for walking away with the highest number of awards at the VMAs. She has been awarded the shiny astronaut 20 times in her career as a musician.
B: Britney Spears at the MTV VMAs
At the 2001 Video Music Awards, Britney Spears gave a memorable performance when she took the stage to sing her new single, "I'm a Slave 4 U." The performance featured the singer in a cage with a tiger, briefly dancing with a live albino Burmese Python on her shoulders. She returned in 2007 to perform her comeback single “Gimme More.” The performance fell flat and was dubbed “career crippling.” She returned to the stage in 2008 for the 25th anniversary of the VMAs. After 16 nominations, Spears finally won her first Moonman for “Piece of Me.” She took home three statues for Female Video, Best Pop Video and Video of the Year.
In 2013, the MTV Video Music Award categories include: Video of the Year, Best Male Video, Best Female Video, Artist To Watch, Best Pop Video, Best Rock Video, Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Collaboration, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Video with a Social Message, Best Latino Artist, Video Vanguard Award, and Best Song of the Summer (new).
D: Details: Time, Place and More
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards broadcast airs at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, Aug. 25 on MTV. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the VMAs. After three years in Los Angeles, the awards show moves to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It's one of the hippest, coolest places for young people across the country, and has played a crucial role in the careers of some of 2013's biggest bands, like Fun. and the Lumineers, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz told MTV that he won't rest until the last award is handed out on Sunday.
E: Extinct Categories
MTV always deletes some categories and adds new ones to keep up with the changing times. Here are some extinct categories that no longer exist at the MTV Video Music Awards: Special Recognition Award (1984-1986), Best Concept Video (1984-1988), Best Post-Modern Video (1989-1990), Best Long-Form Video (1991), Best Alternative Video (1991-1998), Best Rap Video (1989-2006), MTV2 Award (2001-2006), Viewers’ Choice (1984-2006), Best Video Game Soundtrack (2004-2006), Ringtone of the Year (2006), Most Share-Worthy Video (2012).
F: First Ever MTV Video Music Awards
The first MTV Video Music Awards ceremony was held on September 14, 1984. The show was hosted by Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Herbie Hancock was the night's biggest winner, taking home five awards, followed by Michael Jackson, who won three. The night's main award, though, went to The Cars for "You Might Think," making this the first of a very small number of times in which the winner of Video of the Year did not take home any other awards that night.
G: Grand Prize Winners
The grand prize at the MTV VMAs is the Video of the Year award. The following are past grand prize winners: Rihanna (2012), Katy Perry (2011), Lady Gaga (2010), Beyoncé (2009), Britney Spears (2008), Rihanna (2007), Panic At The Disco (2006), Green Day (2005), Outkast (2004), Missy Elliott (2003), Eminem (2002), Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & Pink (2001), Eminem (2000), Lauren Hill (1999), Madonna (1998), Jamiroquai (1997), Smashing Pumpkins (1996), TLC (1005), Aerosmith (1994), Pearl Jam (1993), Van Halen (1992), R.E.M. (1991), Sinead O’Connor (1990), Neil Young (1989), INXS (1988), Peter Gabriel (1987), Dire Straits (1986), Don Henley (1985), and The Cars (1984).
More than 25 stars have hosted the MTV Video Music Awards in the past. The first hosts in 1984 were Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler. Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Dana Carvey, Christian Slater, Roseanne Barr, Dennis Miller, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jamie Foxx, Jimmy Fallon, Jack Black and Chelsea Handler have all served as hosts. Kevin Hart hosted in 2012. There is no official host for the 2013 MTV VMAs, just like the 2011, 2007 and 2004 ceremonies.
I: Introduction to Present
The MTV Video Music Awards have come a long way from its introduction in 1984. The awards have always attracted the biggest stars and its ratings have continually gone up the charts. Moreover, it has been accepted as a legitimate award show regardless of all the controversies. Industry insiders and critics agree on the fact that winning a VMA does not mean as much as actually being able to perform at the function. MTV intended the show to cater mainly to its teenage following, but now after more than two decades since its birth, the show lives up to its hype and still delivers all that is expected of it - tributes, controversies, sucker punches, nip slips, lip-syncs, the whole works. This reality show is all about pop stardom in the music-video era.
J: Justin Timberlake
According to MTV, Justin Timberlake will not only once again grace the VMA stage, he'll also receive the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in recognition of his remarkable string of music videos like “Cry Me a River,” “Rock Your Body,” and "Suit & Tie.” The greatest news is that there will be an NSYNC reunion, the first in a decade.
K: King of Pop at the MTV VMAs
In 1988, Michael Jackson appeared at the MTV VMAs for the first time and received the Video Vanguard Award. In 1991, the name of the prestigious award was changed to the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award due to the King of Pop’s unparalleled contribution to the video music world. MTV posthumously awarded Michael "Artist of the Millennium" after his death in 2009.
L: Lady Gaga
On Aug. 19, Lady Gaga revealed on “GMA” that she is not only performing at the 2013 MTV VMAs, but she is also the opening act. “I’m so excited,” she exclaimed on Monday. Katy Perry is set to close.
According to the Huff Post , Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the boys from Seattle, will unleash their wild side as they head cross country to perform live at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. They are set to perform “Same Love” and will unveil a new single.
N: Nomination Leaders
In 2013, Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the field of nominees with six nods apiece. Bruno Mars is close behind with four VMA nominations, while Pink, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and Thirty Seconds To Mars each picked up three. Taylor Swift, Drake, Calvin Harris and Fun. are also in the running for multiple Moonmen.
O: One Direction
The hugely popular British boy band is not only nominated for a 2013 MTV VMA, but they’re also presenting an award. One Direction is nominated in a brand new VMA category called Best Song of the Summer for “Best Song Ever.” The other competitors in this category include Robin Thicke for “Blurred Lines,” Daft Punk for “Get Lucky,” Miley Cyrus for “We Can’t Stop,” Selena Gomez for “Come & Get It,” plus Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding for “I Need Your Love.”
The stars are coming out in full force for this year’s MTV VMAs. In addition to Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Kate Perry, Kayne West, and Bruno Mars will also take the stage to perform their hot hits.
R: Redesigned Moomnan
Internationally famous artist and provocateur KAWS has redesigned the VMAs' Moonman award, giving the silver spaceman his first facelift in 30 years. And for a guy who's reinterpreted everything from Mickey Mouse to the Michelin Man, not to mention worked with top brands like Nike and Marc Jacobs, taking on the Moonman was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. "It's such a strong, iconic thing. Everyone sees the Moonman and knows right off the bat what it is," KAWS told MTV News. "When I was first invited to do the project, I knew that I didn't want to create something new entirely.”
S: Single Night Wins
The prize for the most MTV VMA wins in a single night goes to Peter Gabriel. In 1987, he took home 10 Moonmen statues and the Video Vanguard Award. A-ha and Lady Gaga tie for second with 8 wins each in a single night, followed by Smashing Pumpkins and Green Day (7), REM and Madonna (6). The highest overall wins go to Madonna (20), Peter Gabriel and Lady Gaga (13), Beyoncé and R.E.M. (12), Eminem and Green Day (11), and Aerosmith (10).
T: Taylor Swift and Kayne West
In 2009, Taylor Swift won a Moonman statue for Best Female Video for “You Belong With Me.” During her acceptance speech, rapper Kayne West jumped on stage, grabbed the miscophone from Taylor and stated, “"Yo Tay, I'm really happy for you, and Imma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!" MTV cut away from the stage (showing Beyoncé with an embarrassed look). West gave the microphone back to Swift and gave the middle finger to the audience when they started booing him off stage. Swift did not finish her speech and West was removed for the rest of the show. This moment is still considered one of the most embarrassing ever.
U: Uninspiring Moments
Bret Michaels and C.C. Deville traded punches at the 1991 VMAs. At the 1992 VMAs, Nirvana fontman Kurt Cobain spat on Elton John’s piano, thinking it belonged to Axl Rose with whom he had a dispute backstage. Cobain later admitted being shocked to see Elton John perform “November Rush” with “Guns N Roses” on the very same piano he spat on. Eminem challenged Moby to a fight at the 2002 VMAs after Moby made remarks about Eminem being homophobic and a misogynist. Kid Rock, Tommy Lee and Criss Angel were escorted out of the 2007 VMAs after Kid Rock reportedly sucker punched Tommy Lee.
The MTV VMAs have been held in the past at the following venues: Radio City Music Hall, Gibson Amphitheatre, Pauley Pavilion, Metropolitan Opera House, American Airlines Arena, The Palms Hotel and Casino, Paramount Studios, Nokia Theatre and the Staples Center. In 2013, the festivities will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In 2014, the MTV VMAs move to the United Center in Chicago.
W: Wonderful Moments
Some of the best moments ever at the MTV VMAs feature Michael Jackson. In 1994, he appeared with new wife Lisa Marie Pressley and the two kissed on stage. In 2001, the King of Pop performed with NSYNC. Other wonderful moments and show stoppers include Neil Young and Pearl Jam performing “Keep Rockin’ in the Free World” in 1993, MC Hammer’s performance in 1990, and Guns N Roses playing “Welcome to the Jungle,” which defined rock at the VMAs for many years.
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