1997 MTV Video Music Awards

The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 4, 1997, honoring the best music videos from June 17, 1996, to June 16, 1997. The show was hosted by Chris Rock at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.[1]

American singer Beck took home the most Moonmen of the night, winning a total of five awards. British acid jazz band Jamiroquai closely followed, though, taking home four awards including the coveted Video of the Year prize. The only other multiple winner that night was British dance outfit The Prodigy, which took home both the American and European Viewer's Choice awards – making them the only act in VMA history to not only win two Viewer's Choice awards but also to achieve this in the same year.

As for nominations, Jamiroquai dominated the field with a total of ten nominations for their video for "Virtual Insanity." In second place was Beck, who received a total of seven mentions: five for "The New Pollution" and two for "Devils Haircut." Lastly, Nine Inch Nails came in third with five nominations for "The Perfect Drug." Unlike Beck and Jamiroquai, though, Nine Inch Nails went home empty-handed that night.

1997 MTV Video Music Awards
MTV VMA 1997 logo
DateThursday, September 4, 1997
LocationRadio City Music Hall, New York, New York
CountryUnited States
Hosted byChris Rock
Television/radio coverage


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year

Jamiroquai – "Virtual Insanity"

Best Male Video

Beck – "Devils Haircut"

Best Female Video

Jewel – "You Were Meant for Me"

Best Group Video

No Doubt – "Don't Speak"

Best New Artist in a Video

Fiona Apple – "Sleep to Dream"

Best Rock Video

Aerosmith – "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)"

Best R&B Video

Puff Daddy (featuring Faith Evans and 112) – "I'll Be Missing You"

Best Rap Video

The Notorious B.I.G. – "Hypnotize"

Best Dance Video

Spice Girls – "Wannabe"

Best Alternative Video

Sublime – "What I Got"

Best Video from a Film

Will Smith – "Men in Black" (from Men in Black)

Breakthrough Video

Jamiroquai – "Virtual Insanity"

Best Direction in a Video

Beck – "The New Pollution" (Director: Beck Hansen)

Best Choreography in a Video

Beck – "The New Pollution" (Choreographer: Peggy Hickey)

Best Special Effects in a Video

Jamiroquai – "Virtual Insanity" (Special Effects: Jonathan Glazer and Sean Broughton)

Best Art Direction in a Video

Beck – "The New Pollution" (Art Director: K. K. Barrett)

Best Editing in a Video

Beck – "Devils Haircut" (Editor: Hank Corwin)

Best Cinematography in a Video

Jamiroquai – "Virtual Insanity" (Director of Photography: Stephen Keith-Roach)

Viewer's Choice

The Prodigy – "Breathe"

International Viewer's Choice Awards

MTV Asia

The Eraserheads – "Ang Huling El Bimbo"

MTV Australia

Silverchair – "Freak"

MTV Brasil

Skank – "É uma Partida de Futebol"

MTV Europe

The Prodigy – "Breathe"

MTV India

Asha Bhosle – "O Mere Sona Re"

MTV Japan

Chara – "Yasashii Kimochi"

MTV Latin America

Café Tacuba – "Chilanga Banda"

MTV Mandarin

Mavis Fan – "Bartender Angel"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

LL Cool J
Mark Romanek


MTV.com cybercast


Main show


See also

External links


  1. ^ "Beck, Jamiroquai big winners at MTV Music Awards". CNN, September 5, 1997
  2. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 1997". MTV.com. Winners > Best Direction. Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  3. ^ http://www.mtv.com/bands/r/red_carpet/NewsFeature_081701/feature.jhtml
1997 MTV Europe Music Awards

The 1997 MTV Europe Music Awards were held at The Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands on 6 November 1997 and were hosted by Ronan Keating. The Prodigy were the big winners of the night winning 3 awards including Best Video.

Ang Huling El Bimbo

"Ang Huling El Bimbo" (English: "The Last El Bimbo") is a song composed by Ely Buendia of the Philippine pop/rock band Eraserheads, for their 1996 studio album Cutterpillow. It received extensive airplay after its release and ranked #2 on RX 93.1's "Top 20 OPM Requests of 1996". It is the only Tagalog song included in the band's international compilation album, Aloha Milkyway (1998). The song's music video catapulted the band's success outside the Philippines by bagging the 'International Viewer's Choice Awards for Asia' at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards.

A musical of the same name is set to be shown in 2018 at Resorts World Manila.

Big beat

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Breathe (The Prodigy song)

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Chris Rock filmography

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Devils Haircut

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Eraserheads (sometimes stylized as ERASƎRHEADS) is a Filipino rock band formed in 1989. Consisting of Ely Buendia, Buddy Zabala, Marcus Adoro, and Raimund Marasigan, the band became one of the most successful, most influential, critically acclaimed, and significant bands in the history of Philippine music, leaving a legacy that made them the most commercially successful Filipino music artists of all time. Often dubbed as "The Beatles of the Philippines", they are credited for spearheading a second wave of Manila band invasions, paving the way for a host of Philippine alternative rock bands.The band released several singles, albums, and EPs that reached number one and achieved commercial success with their third album Cutterpillow, which achieved platinum status several times. They received the Viewer's Choice Award for Asia from the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards.

Eraserheads discography

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Got 'til It's Gone

"Got 'til It's Gone" is a song recorded by American singer Janet Jackson, featuring American rapper Q-Tip and Canadian singer Joni Mitchell, for her sixth studio album, The Velvet Rope (1997). It was written by Jackson, Jam and Lewis, with additional writing by René Elizondo Jr., Mitchell, and Kamaal Ibn Fareed. The song was produced by Jackson, Jam and Lewis. It was released as the lead single from The Velvet Rope on September 22, 1997, by Virgin. The song was recorded at Flyte Tyme Studios in Edina, Minnesota. For "Got 'til It's Gone", Jackson opted for a less polished and more authentic alternative hip hop and trip hop-influenced sound.

"Got 'til It's Gone" was met with mostly positive reviews from music critics, with most praising its fusion of Jackson's pop style with hip hop, and for its revealing theme. However, the song, along with Mitchell's appearance, disappointed some reviewers. "Got 'til It's Gone" was not released as a commercial single, making it ineligible to appear on the Billboard Hot 100. However, the song peaked at number 36 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and reached number three on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. Internationally, "Got 'til It's Gone" reached the top twenty in most European markets, including France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

The accompanying music video for "Got 'til It's Gone" was directed by Mark Romanek and filmed at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, and was premiered right before the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. Jackson portrays a lounge singer in the video, which takes place during the time of apartheid in South Africa. It was called a masterpiece by critics, winning a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video. Jackson has performed "Got 'til It's Gone" on all of her concert tours since its release. The song was also covered by singer Marsha Ambrosius, and was also a source for several book titles.

How Come, How Long

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The lyrics deal with physical abuse, regarding a woman killed by her husband after tremendous physical abuse. This release met with mixed reaction by critics and did not chart on any major charts in United States, finding a better chart performance in United Kingdom, where it became a top ten hit for the performers. This song was nominated twice for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

Jamiroquai discography

The discography of Jamiroquai, British funk and acid jazz band formed in 1992. Fronted by lead singer Jay Kay, Jamiroquai were initially the most prominent component in the early-1990s London-based acid jazz movement. Subsequent albums have explored other musical directions such as pop, rock, disco and electronica. Their best known track is "Virtual Insanity", which won four awards at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. Jamiroquai have sold more than 26 million albums worldwide and won a Grammy Award in 1998.

Say You'll Be There

"Say You'll Be There" is a song by English girl group the Spice Girls from their debut studio album, Spice (1996). It was co-written by the Spice Girls with Jonathan Buck and Eliot Kennedy. Production duo Absolute incorporated a mix of pop and R&B into the song, which includes a harmonica solo, played by Judd Lander. The lyrics—which describe the things the group went through together and how they were always there for each other—received mixed reviews from critics, who described them as "confusing" and felt that the R&B-infused production was a "bid for street cred".

The music video was inspired by the films Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) and Pulp Fiction (1994), and features the group as a band of female techno-warriors, who use martial arts and high-tech ninja-influenced weapons to capture a hapless male. It includes symbols of male disempowerment, and serves as an example of solidarity and the group's bonding. It received positive reactions from fans and was nominated for numerous awards including the 1996 Smash Hits! Awards, the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, and the 1997 Brit Awards.

Released as the album's second single on 14 October 1996, it became their second number-one single in the United Kingdom, and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). It was a commercial success across Europe, reaching the top 10 in most of the charts that it entered. As a result of its popularity, the song was released in 1997 in Australia, receiving a gold certification by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), and in North America, entering the top five in both Canada and the United States. In January 1999, the music video was ranked number eight in VH1's "All-Time Greatest Music Videos in History".

Sleep to Dream

"Sleep to Dream" is a song written and recorded by American alternative singer-songwriter Fiona Apple. It was released on April 14, 1997 by Work Records and Columbia Records as the second single from her debut studio album, Tidal (1996).

The song's accompanying music video was filmed by French director Stéphane Sednaoui and received positive reviews. Apple won the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist in a Video in 1997, in which it garnered worldwide controversy after she proclaimed during her acceptance speech. Despite entering on a single Billboard chart, the song remains one of Apple's most successful singles to date.

Song 2

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The Beautiful People (song)

"The Beautiful People" is a song by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released as the lead single from the band's second studio album, Antichrist Superstar in September 1996. Classified as alternative metal, the song was written by frontman Marilyn Manson and Twiggy Ramirez, and was produced by Trent Reznor, Dave Ogilvie and Manson.

The title of the song comes from Marilyn Bender's 1967 book The Beautiful People, about the lifestyles of the jet set In the context of the album's concept, the song refers to the privileged class of elites whom the titular character, a populist demagogue called Antichrist Superstar, fulminate against. Lyrically, it discusses what Manson refers to as "the culture of beauty".The single peaked at number 26 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and remains known as one of Marilyn Manson's most famous and most successful original songs; in a 2004 review, Richard Banks of the BBC called the track "still the most impressive" in the band's catalogue, and in 2006 it was ranked at number 28 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs.

The New Pollution

"The New Pollution" is a song by Beck. The song appears on his album Odelay and was also released as a single. The song samples the single "Venus" by Joe Thomas.

Virtual Insanity

"Virtual Insanity" is a song by British funk band Jamiroquai. It was released as the second single from their third studio album, Travelling Without Moving (1996), on 19 August 1996. The song's award-winning music video was released in September 1996. "Virtual Insanity" was a number-one hit in Iceland and Italy and reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart. Peaking within the top 10 in Finland and Ireland, the song also peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart upon the single's release in the US in 1997. The sight of underground town in Sapporo, Northern Japan provided inspiration to this song.

Walter Stern (director)

Walter Adrian Stern (born 16 November 1965 in Marylebone, London) is an English music video film director.


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