1995 MTV Video Music Awards

The 1995 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 7, 1995, honoring the best music videos from June 16, 1994, to June 15, 1995. The show was hosted by Dennis Miller at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. David Sandlin was commissioned to design the program catalogue.

TLC and Weezer were the biggest winners of the night, with each taking home four awards. TLC, though, won the two main awards of the night – Viewer's Choice Award and Video of the Year – for "Waterfalls," while Weezer's video for "Buddy Holly" took home the two main technical awards: Best Direction and Breakthrough Video. Meanwhile, the sibling pair of Michael and Janet Jackson was right behind both groups in terms of wins, as their video for "Scream" earned them three moonmen. Also Michael performed for over fifteen minutes to a medley of his main songs at the ceremony.

As mentioned above, TLC's "Waterfalls" won both Video of the Year and Viewer's Choice, becoming the third and last video to accomplish this feat in a single year. Ironically, this occurred on the very first year that MTV decided to have different sets of nominees for these categories (as until 1994 the practice had been to have both categories have exactly the same set of nominees). Curiously, though, the award for Breakthrough Video would end up having the same four nominees as Video of the Year in 1995, marking the only time this ever happened in VMA history.

In terms of nominations, the four videos and acts that were up for Video of the Year dominated the night. Michael and Janet Jackson's "Scream" was the most nominated video of the night, earning a grand total of eleven nominations, including a nomination in each of the seven professional categories. The night's big winner, TLC's "Waterfalls," was also the second most nominated video that night, earning ten nominations. Green Day's "Basket Case" came in third place with nine nominations, while Weezer's "Buddy Holly" came in fourth with five nominations. There would not be a situation similar to this one at the VMAs until the 2009 edition. In addition, all four videos were nominated for Best Direction. This award show is generally considered to be one of the toughest in terms of Video of the Year

1995 MTV Video Music Awards
DateThursday, September 7, 1995
LocationRadio City Music Hall, New York, New York
CountryUnited States
Hosted byDennis Miller
Television/radio coverage


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year

TLC – "Waterfalls"

Best Male Video

Tom Petty – "You Don't Know How It Feels"

Best Female Video

Madonna – "Take a Bow"

Best Group Video

TLC – "Waterfalls"

Best New Artist in a Video

Hootie & the Blowfish – "Hold My Hand"

Best Metal/Hard Rock Video

White Zombie – "More Human than Human"

Best R&B Video

TLC – "Waterfalls"

Best Rap Video

Dr. Dre – "Keep Their Heads Ringin'"

Best Dance Video

Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson – "Scream"

Best Alternative Video

Weezer – "Buddy Holly"

Best Video from a Film

Seal – "Kiss from a Rose" (from Batman Forever)

Breakthrough Video

Weezer – "Buddy Holly"

Best Direction in a Video

Weezer – "Buddy Holly" (Director: Spike Jonze)

Best Choreography in a Video

Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson – "Scream" (Choreographers: LaVelle Smith Jnr, Tina Landon, Travis Payne and Sean Cheesman)

Best Special Effects in a Video

The Rolling Stones – "Love Is Strong" (Special Effects: Fred Raimondi)

Best Art Direction in a Video

Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson – "Scream" (Art Director: Tom Foden)

Best Editing in a Video

Weezer – "Buddy Holly" (Editor: Eric Zumbrunnen)

Best Cinematography in a Video

The Rolling Stones – "Love Is Strong" (Directors of Photography: Garry Waller and Mike Trim)

Viewer's Choice

TLC – "Waterfalls"

International Viewer's Choice Awards

MTV Asia

Denada – "Sambutlah"

MTV Brasil

Os Paralamas do Sucesso (featuring Djavan) – "Uma Brasileira"

MTV Europe

U2 – "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me"

MTV Japan

Chage and Aska – "Something There"

MTV Latin America

Café Tacuba – "La Ingrata"

MTV Mandarin

Faye Wong – "Chess"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award




Main show


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Buddy Holly (song)

"Buddy Holly" is a song by the American rock band Weezer, written by Rivers Cuomo. It was released as the second single from the band's debut album Weezer (The Blue Album) in 1994. The single was released on what would have been Buddy Holly's 58th birthday. The lyrics reference the song's 1950s namesake and actress Mary Tyler Moore. It reached #2 and #34 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart and the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, respectively.

It also reached #12 in the United Kingdom. Rolling Stone ranked "Buddy Holly" #499 in its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (2010). The digital version of the single for "Buddy Holly" was certified gold by the RIAA in 2006. VH1 ranked it as one of the 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s at #59 in December 2007.

Kick Your Game

"Kick Your Game" is a song recorded by the American group TLC for their second studio album, CrazySexyCool (1994). The "funky" R&B-dance track was written by frequent group collaborator Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal and member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. In August 1995, it was picked by LaFace and Arista Records for release as a promotional airplay single from the album. In the song's lyrics, TLC teaches boys who flirt in a club "the proper way to approach a lady"; Lopes' rap verses reportedly referred to then-boyfriend Andre Rison, whose house she burned down during the making of CrazySexyCool.

The song peaked at number 69 on the US Billboard Hip-Hop Airplay chart, and received lukewarm reviews from music critics; some called the song an album highlight and praised Lopes' performance. TLC performed "Kick Your Game" on several tours and television appearances, notably the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards and the 1996 Soul Train Music Awards.

Travis Payne

Travis Payne (born July 5, 1971) is an American choreographer, director, and producer. He was the choreographer for Michael Jackson's This Is It until Jackson's death. Payne also served as the associate producer for This Is It, and along with the director, Kenny Ortega, was extensively and intimately involved in the making of the film. To date, This Is It worldwide gross revenue totaled $261.3 million during its theatrical run making it the highest grossing documentary or concert movie of all time.Travis Payne is the youngest inductee into the Gallery of Greats, and the recipient of numerous nominations and awards. He has been honored with the MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography four times for his work with En Vogue, Salt-N-Pepa as well as Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson on the music video /short-film on "Scream" which is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive music video ever made. He also received three American Choreography Awards, including honors for his work on "Scream" and Michael Jackson's Ghosts. Payne was nominated for an Emmy Award for his choreography work with Michael Jackson on the "Dangerous" performance for the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards opening segment. He was again nominated for an Emmy Award in 2006 for his work on Disney's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. He is also a two-time recipient of the prestigious Music Video Producers Associatio Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for his work with the Brian Setzer Orchestra and Ally McBeal. In December 2009, Payne was featured with a write-up in the Michael Jackson Opus and recognized for his choreography and contribution for his work with the King of Pop. He also appeared in a 1993 episode of the TV series Martin.

On January 26, 2011, Travis Payne was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th anniversary show of The Carnival: Choreographer's Ball.

We Don't Exist

"We Don't Exist" is the first promotional single from the Meat Puppets album Too High to Die. Released in 1994, it includes two versions of "We Don’t Exist" and the Marty Robbins cover "El Paso City". The Marty Robbins cover is also released on the Raw Meat EP.


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