MTV Video Music Awards: 1985

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 a lot of good music released in 1984-1985 (the year for which the 1985 awards were given), including songs by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band best selling album Born in the United States, you had the Purple Rain Soundtrack of Prince & The Revolution, Van Halen seller of monsters 1984, of Madonna breakthrough album like a virgin, and we were all introduced George Michael and Wham! But, none of these recording acts even received a nomination for the top award of the year.

This year’s nominees included two solo songs by the former singer of Van Halen, David Lee Roth. He was nominated for “California Girls,” a blanket of beach boys Hit of the 1960s, and for the medley “Just a gigolo / has no one.” Moreover, according to Wikipedia, David Lee Roth, U2, and Lady Gaga are the only recording artists to receive two nominations for the Video of the Year prize at the same ceremony. Other nominees for 1985 included “Don’t come here anymore” of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and the song and video I thought would take top honors, “We are the world” by United States for Africa.

But no! It was the old one Eagles co-vocalist, co-founder and drummer, Don Henley who would win the Video of the Year price for the song “Summer boys.” The clip was directed by French fashion photographer John Baptist Mondinoand it was shot in black and white.

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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29 rock/pop music videos with over a billion views on YouTube

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Some music videos — both classic and recently released — have caught on more than others and racked up 1 billion views and counting.

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