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1984 MTV Video Music Awards

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Country  United States
Date  14 September 1984
Hosts  Dan Aykroyd, Bette Midler
Network  MTV
Other ceremonies  1985
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Location  Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York
Hosted by  Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler

The 1984 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 14, 1984, honoring the best music videos from May 2, 1983, to May 2, 1984. The show was hosted by Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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Herbie Hancock was the night's biggest winner, taking home five awards, followed by Michael Jackson, who won three. The night's main award, though, went to The Cars for "You Might Think," making this the first of a very small number of times in which the winner of Video of the Year did not take home any other awards that night.

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In terms of nominations, Hancock's "Rockit" and The Police's "Every Breath You Take" were the year's most nominated videos, with each receiving eight nominations apiece. Meanwhile, the most nominated artist of 1984 was Cyndi Lauper, who aside from winning the Best Female Video Moonman received nine nominations that year for two of her videos: six for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and three for "Time After Time."

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Other major nominees that night included the aforementioned Michael Jackson and The Cars, both of whom received six nominations for their videos "Thriller" and "You Might Think," respectively; ZZ Top, who also received six nominations between their videos for "Legs," "Sharp Dressed Man," and "Gimme All Your Lovin';" and Billy Idol, who got five nominations for "Dancing with Myself" and "Eyes Without a Face." Lastly, David Bowie had four nominations for his "China Girl" and "Modern Love" videos, and he was also one of the night's honorees for the Video Vanguard award.

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Nominations

Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year

The Cars – "You Might Think"

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  • Herbie Hancock – "Rockit"
  • Michael Jackson – "Thriller"
  • Cyndi Lauper – "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
  • The Police – "Every Breath You Take"
  • Best Male Video

    David Bowie – "China Girl"

  • Herbie Hancock – "Rockit"
  • Michael Jackson – "Thriller"
  • Billy Joel – "Uptown Girl"
  • Lionel Richie – "All Night Long (All Night)"
  • Best Female Video

    Cyndi Lauper – "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"

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  • Pat Benatar – "Love Is a Battlefield"
  • Cyndi Lauper – "Time After Time"
  • Bette Midler – "Beast of Burden"
  • Donna Summer – "She Works Hard for the Money"
  • Best Group Video

    ZZ Top – "Legs"

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  • Huey Lewis and the News – "The Heart of Rock & Roll"
  • The Police – "Every Breath You Take"
  • Van Halen – "Jump"
  • ZZ Top – "Sharp Dressed Man"
  • Best New Artist in a Video

    Eurythmics – "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"

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  • Cyndi Lauper – "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
  • Cyndi Lauper – "Time After Time"
  • Madonna – "Borderline"
  • Wang Chung – "Dance Hall Days"
  • Best Concept Video

    Herbie Hancock – "Rockit"

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  • The Cars – "You Might Think"
  • Michael Jackson – "Thriller"
  • Cyndi Lauper – "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
  • The Rolling Stones – "Undercover of the Night"
  • Most Experimental Video

    Herbie Hancock – "Rockit"

  • The Cars – "You Might Think"
  • Thomas Dolby – "Hyperactive!"
  • The Alan Parsons Project – "Don't Answer Me"
  • Neil Young – "Wonderin'"
  • Best Stage Performance in a Video

    Van Halen – "Jump"

  • David Bowie – "Modern Love"
  • Duran Duran – "The Reflex"
  • Bette Midler – "Beast of Burden"
  • The Pretenders – "Middle of the Road"
  • Best Overall Performance in a Video

    Michael Jackson – "Thriller"

  • David Bowie – "China Girl"
  • Cyndi Lauper – "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
  • The Police – "Every Breath You Take"
  • Van Halen – "Jump"
  • Best Direction in a Video

    ZZ Top – "Sharp Dressed Man" (Director: Tim Newman)

  • The Bongos – "Numbers with Wings" (Director: Juliano Waldman)
  • Ian Hunter – "All of the Good Ones Are Taken" (Director: Martin Kahan)
  • Billy Idol – "Dancing with Myself" (Director: Tobe Hooper)
  • Cyndi Lauper – "Time After Time" (Director: Edd Griles)
  • Huey Lewis and the News – "I Want a New Drug" (Director: David Rathod)
  • The Police – "Every Breath You Take" (Directors: Godley & Creme)
  • ZZ Top – "Gimme All Your Lovin'" (Director: Tim Newman)
  • Best Choreography in a Video

    Michael Jackson – "Thriller" (Choreographers: Michael Jackson and Michael Peters)

  • Toni Basil – "Over My Head" (Choreographer: Toni Basil)
  • Elton John – "I'm Still Standing" (Choreographer: Arlene Phillips)
  • Bette Midler – "Beast of Burden" (Choreographer: Toni Basil)
  • Donna Summer – "She Works Hard for the Money" (Choreographer: Arlene Phillips)
  • Best Special Effects in a Video

    Herbie Hancock – "Rockit" (Special Effects: Godley & Creme)

  • The Cars – "You Might Think" (Special Effects: Charlex)
  • Thomas Dolby – "Hyperactive!" (Special Effects: David Yardley)
  • Billy Idol – "Dancing with Myself" (Special Effects: Eric Critchley)
  • Talking Heads – "Burning Down the House" (Special Effects: David Byrne and Julia Hayward)
  • Best Art Direction in a Video

    Herbie Hancock – "Rockit" (Art Directors: Jim Whiting and Godley & Creme)

  • The Cars – "You Might Think" (Art Director: Bob Ryzner)
  • Billy Idol – "Dancing with Myself" (Art Director: Kim Colefax)
  • The Police – "Every Breath You Take" (Art Directors: Kim Colefax and Godley & Creme)
  • Queen – "Radio Ga Ga" (Art Director: Bryce Walmsley)
  • Best Editing in a Video

    Herbie Hancock – "Rockit" (Editors: Roo Aiken and Godley & Creme)

  • Duran Duran – "The Reflex" (Editor: Steven Priest)
  • Billy Idol – "Eyes Without a Face" (Editor: Kris Trexler)
  • Elton John – "I'm Still Standing" (Editor: Warren Lynch)
  • The Police – "Every Breath You Take" (Editors: Roo Aiken and Godley & Creme)
  • ZZ Top – "Legs" (Editors: Sim Sadler and Bob Sarles)
  • ZZ Top – "Sharp Dressed Man" (Editor: Sim Sadler)
  • Best Cinematography in a Video

    The Police – "Every Breath You Take" (Director of Photography: Daniel Pearl)

  • David Bowie – "China Girl" (Director of Photography: John Metcalfe)
  • Billy Idol – "Eyes Without a Face" (Director of Photography: Tony Mitchell)
  • Kiss – "All Hell's Breakin' Loose" (Directors of Photography: Tony Mitchell and Jim Crispi)
  • John Cougar Mellencamp – "Authority Song" (Director of Photography: Daniel Pearl)
  • Stray Cats – "(She's) Sexy + 17" (Director of Photography: Harry Lake)
  • Viewer's Choice

    Michael Jackson – "Thriller"

  • The Cars – "You Might Think"
  • Herbie Hancock – "Rockit"
  • Cyndi Lauper – "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
  • The Police – "Every Breath You Take"
  • Video Vanguard Award

    The Beatles
    David Bowie
    Richard Lester

    Special Recognition Award

    Quincy Jones

    Performances

  • Rod Stewart – "Infatuation"
  • Madonna – "Like a Virgin"
  • Huey Lewis and the News – "I Want a New Drug"
  • David Bowie – "Blue Jean"
  • Tina Turner – "What's Love Got to Do with It"
  • ZZ Top – "Sharp Dressed Man"
  • Ray Parker, Jr. – "Ghostbusters"
  • Appearances

  • Ed Koch – proclaimed that Radio City Music Hall would be renamed "Video City Music Hall" for the night before introducing hosts Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd
  • Cyndi Lauper – read the eligibility and voting rules in "ancient Babylonian"
  • Roger Daltrey – presented Best Overall Performance in a Video
  • Diana Ross – accepted Michael Jackson's awards on his behalf
  • Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas – presented Best New Artist in a Video
  • J.J. Jackson – appeared in a backstage segment before a commercial break
  • Ronnie Wood – presented Best Stage Performance in a Video
  • Daryl Hall and John Oates – introduced the winners of the professional categories
  • Peter Wolf – presented Best Choreography in a Video (with ballerina Cynthia Gregory)
  • Alan Hunter – appeared in a segment from the mezzanine after a commercial break
  • Dale Bozzio – presented Most Experimental Video
  • Ric Ocasek – presented Best Group Video
  • Mick Jagger – introduced the next presenters via a taped message
  • Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland – presented Video Vanguard to The Beatles and Richard Lester
  • Herbie Hancock – presented Video Vanguard to David Bowie
  • John Cougar Mellencamp – interviewed by Mark Goodman from his seat before a commercial break
  • John Landis – presented Best Direction in a Video
  • Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood – presented the Special Recognition Award
  • David Lee Roth – interviewed by Martha Quinn from his seat before a commercial break
  • Fee Waybill – presented Best Concept Video
  • Billy Idol – presented Viewer's Choice
  • Carly Simon – interviewed by Nina Blackwood backstage before a commercial break
  • Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes – presented Best Female Video
  • Belinda Carlisle and Kathy Valentine – presented Best Male Video
  • Iggy Pop – accepted the award for Best Male Video on behalf of David Bowie
  • Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo – presented Video of the Year
  • References

    1984 MTV Video Music Awards Wikipedia


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