Wednesday, April 26, 2017

V is for VMAs (2017 Blogging A to Z)

Welcome to my '92 Time Capsule, where I unearth artifacts and memories from a quarter century ago in alphabetical order everyday (excluding Sundays, with the exception of the 30th) during the month of April. 

Today's letter is V, so here we go...  

MTV's Video Music Awards (VMAs) show was held on September 9, 1992 at UCLA's Pauley Pavillion in Los Angeles, CA.  The show honored the best music videos from June 16, 1991 - June 15, 1992.

The night belonged to two bands - Van Halen and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who walked away with three moonmen each. 

Van Halen's "Right Now" received seven nominations, the most nominations for any video of the night.  It won Best Direction in a Video, Best Editing in a Video, and the coveted Video of the Year.

The Red Hot Chili Pepper's "Give it Away" won Breakthrough Video and Best Art Direction in a Video.  Their video for "Under the Bridge" won the Viewer's Choice award.

Other winners from the night include:

Best Male Video
"Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton

Best Female Video
"Why" by Annie Lennox

Best Group Video

Best Metal/Hard Rock Video
"Enter Sandman" by Metallica 

Best Rap Video
"Tennessee" by Arrested Development

Best Dance Video
"Cream" by Prince and the New Power Generation

Best New Artist in a Video and Best Alternative Video

Best Video from a Film
"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

Best Cinematography in a Video
"November Rain" by Guns N Roses

The night was also notable for a feud between Axl Rose and members of Nirvana, which apparently started backstage before the show started.  The tiff also involved Courtney Love, the wife of Nirvana's lead singer and Stephanie Seymour, Axl Rose's girlfriend at the time.  The dispute continued onstage as well into post-show interviews.

On a personal note, I didn't watch the VMAs that year.  I was away at college, living in the dorms, and the only channels my roommate and I could get were whatever local channels we could pick up with our rabbit ear antenna.  I had no knowledge of the feud between Axl and Nirvana until many, many years later.  If you want to know more about it, click here.

As for the videos that won that year, I have always been particularly fond of Van Halen's "Right Now."  I have always found it very inspirational.

Any memories of the '92 VMAs or any of these songs?  If so, please feel free to share.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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