2003 MTV Video Music Awards

The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on August 28, 2003, honoring the best music videos from June 1, 2002, to June 9, 2003. The show was hosted by Chris Rock at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. This year's ceremony is best remembered for Madonna kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during the show's opening performance.

2003 MTV Video Music Awards
2003 MTV VMA Logo
DateThursday, August 28, 2003
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

Missy Elliott – "Work It"

Best Male Video

Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River"

Best Female Video

Beyoncé (featuring Jay-Z) – "Crazy in Love"

Best Group Video

Coldplay – "The Scientist"

Best New Artist in a Video

50 Cent – "In da Club"

Best Pop Video

Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River"

Best Rock Video

Linkin Park – "Somewhere I Belong"

Best R&B Video

Beyoncé (featuring Jay-Z) – "Crazy in Love"

Best Rap Video

50 Cent – "In da Club"

Best Hip-Hop Video

Missy Elliott – "Work It"

Best Dance Video

Justin Timberlake – "Rock Your Body"

Best Video from a Film

Eminem – "Lose Yourself" (from 8 Mile)

Breakthrough Video

Coldplay – "The Scientist"

Best Direction in a Video

Coldplay – "The Scientist" (Director: Jamie Thraves)

Best Choreography in a Video

Beyoncé (featuring Jay-Z) – "Crazy in Love" (Choreographers: Frank Gatson and LaVelle Smith Jnr)

Best Special Effects in a Video

Queens of the Stone Age – "Go with the Flow" (Special Effects: Nigel Sarrag)

Best Art Direction in a Video

Radiohead – "There There" (Art Director: Chris Hopewell)

Best Editing in a Video

The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army" (Editor: Olivier Gajan)

Best Cinematography in a Video

Johnny Cash – "Hurt" (Director of Photography: Jean-Yves Escoffier)

MTV2 Award

AFI – "Girl's Not Grey"

Viewer's Choice

Good Charlotte – "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"

International Viewer's Choice Awards

MTV Australia

Delta Goodrem – "Born to Try"

MTV Brasil

Charlie Brown Jr. – "Papo Reto (Prazer É Sexo, o Resto É Negócio)"

Lifetime Achievement Award

Duran Duran


Artist(s) Song(s)
Sean Paul "Like Glue"
"Get Busy"
"Gimme the Light"
The Black Eyed Peas "Where Is the Love?"
Main show
Britney Spears
Christina Aguilera
Missy Elliott
"Like a Virgin" (Spears and Aguilera)
"Hollywood" (Madonna, Spears and Aguilera)
"Work It"
Good Charlotte "The Anthem"
Christina Aguilera
Dave Navarro
"Dirrty" (Aguilera and Redman)
"Fighter" (Aguilera and Navarro)
50 Cent
Snoop Dogg
Mary J. Blige
Method Man
50 Cent
"All I Need" (Blige)
"Love @ 1st Sight" (Mary J. Blige and Method Man)
"Ooh!" (Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent)
"Family Affair" (Mary J. Blige)
Coldplay "The Scientist"
"Baby Boy" (Beyoncé)
"Crazy in Love" (both)
Metallica "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
"Smells Like Teen Spirit"
"Seven Nation Army"
"Beat It"



Main show

See also


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2011-09-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

External links

2003 MTV Video Music Awards Japan

The MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2003 were hosted by hip hop artist Zeebra and pop singer and actress Nana Katase

Chris Hopewell

Chris Hopewell is an English music video director and screenprinted poster maker. He has directed videos for Radiohead, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, Scissor Sisters, Louis XIV, The Knife, The Offspring and several other bands. His video for Radiohead's "There There" received an award for art direction at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Hopewell co-founded the company Collision Films (2002 - 2012).

He also co-directed with Crispian Mills on the film A Fantastic Fear of Everything starring Simon Pegg. His most recent work is directing the music video for Avenged Sevenfold's 2016 single, "The Stage".

St. Anger (song)

"St. Anger" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released in June 2003 as the lead single from their eighth studio album of the same name. It won Best Metal Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards and was also nominated for Best Rock Video at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost to "Somewhere I Belong" by Linkin Park.This song provided the theme for WWE's SummerSlam 2003; the music video was also included in the pay-per-view DVD.

The lyric "Fuck it all and fuckin' no regrets, I hit the lights on these dark sets" may be a reference to two other Metallica songs, "Damage, Inc." (Master of Puppets) and "Hit the Lights" (Kill 'Em All).

The Only

"The Only" is the first single from the industrial metal band Static-X's third album, Shadow Zone.

The song is featured in Need for Speed: Underground, and on the PC version of the game True Crime: Streets of LA, and in the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards as a background music for an announcer's speech. In Need for Speed Underground, the words "my heaven, your hell" have been replaced by "My heaven, you're losing".

The video was directed by P. R. Brown and features the band facing the walls of a small room with the camera orbiting around them. The walls are lifted by the end of the video revealing a crowd of fans around the room's floor.

The Seed (2.0)

"The Seed (2.0)" is the second single by The Roots from their fifth album Phrenology (2002). The track, which features Cody Chesnutt on the guitar and vocals, is an "uptempo retooling" of his song "The Seed" from the album The Headphone Masterpiece. The song's music video was nominated for the MTV2 Award at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Jeff Vrabel of Billboard described the track as "a genre-bending mix of rock guitars and Prince-styled keyboards and drums".


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