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1985 MTV Video Music Awards

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Country  United States
Network  MTV
Other ceremonies  1984, 1986
Hosted by  Eddie Murphy
Date  13 September 1985
Host  Eddie Murphy
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Location  Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York, United States

The 1985 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 13, 1985, honoring the best music videos from May 2, 1984, to May 1, 1985. The show was hosted by Eddie Murphy at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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Don Henley was the night's biggest winner, taking home four Moonmen, including Video of the Year. In fact, his video for "The Boys of Summer" was also the year's most nominated video, receiving seven nominations in total. Meanwhile, David Lee Roth turned out to be the most nominated artist that night, receiving eight nominations for two of his videos: five for "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" and three for "California Girls." Nevertheless, Roth came out of the ceremony empty-handed that night.

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Other major nominees included Lindsey Buckingham, Bryan Adams, Eurythmics, Madonna, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Buckingham tied with Don Henley with seven nominations: three for "Slow Dancing" and four for "Go Insane." Right after him came six-time nominee Adams, who received five nominations for "Run to You" and one for "Heaven." Lastly, Madonna, Eurythmics, and Petty received five nominations apiece: Madonna split her nominations between "Like a Virgin" (three) and "Material Girl" (two), while Tom Petty and Eurythmics received all five nominations for "Don't Come Around Here No More" and "Would I Lie to You?," respectively.

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Nominations

Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year

Don Henley – "The Boys of Summer"

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  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – "Don't Come Around Here No More"
  • David Lee Roth – "California Girls"
  • David Lee Roth – "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody"
  • USA for Africa – "We Are the World"
  • Best Male Video

    Bruce Springsteen – "I'm on Fire"

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  • Glenn Frey – "Smuggler's Blues"
  • Don Henley – "The Boys of Summer"
  • David Lee Roth – "California Girls"
  • David Lee Roth – "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody"
  • Best Female Video

    Tina Turner – "What's Love Got to Do with It"

  • Cyndi Lauper – "She Bop"
  • Madonna – "Material Girl"
  • Sade – "Smooth Operator"
  • Sheila E. – "The Glamorous Life"
  • Best Group Video

    USA for Africa – "We Are the World"

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  • The Cars – "Drive"
  • Eurythmics – "Would I Lie to You?"
  • Huey Lewis and the News – "If This Is It"
  • U2 – "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
  • Best New Artist in a Video

    'Til Tuesday – "Voices Carry"

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  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood – "Two Tribes"
  • Julian Lennon – "Too Late for Goodbyes"
  • Sade – "Smooth Operator"
  • Sheila E. – "The Glamorous Life"
  • Best Concept Video

    Glenn Frey – "Smuggler's Blues"

  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood – "Two Tribes"
  • Don Henley – "The Boys of Summer"
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – "Don't Come Around Here No More"
  • David Lee Roth – "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody"
  • Most Experimental Video

    Art of Noise – "Close (To the Edit)"

  • Lindsey Buckingham – "Go Insane"
  • Lindsey Buckingham – "Slow Dancing"
  • Chris Isaak – "Dancin'"
  • Lone Justice – "Ways to Be Wicked"
  • Best Stage Performance in a Video

    Bruce Springsteen – "Dancing in the Dark"

  • David Bowie – "Blue Jean (live)"
  • Eurythmics – "Would I Lie to You?"
  • Talking Heads – "Once in a Lifetime (live)"
  • Tina Turner – "Better Be Good to Me"
  • Best Overall Performance in a Video

    Philip Bailey and Phil Collins – "Easy Lover"

  • Eurythmics – "Would I Lie to You?"
  • David Lee Roth – "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody"
  • Bruce Springsteen – "Dancing in the Dark"
  • USA for Africa – "We Are the World"
  • Best Direction in a Video

    Don Henley – "The Boys of Summer" (Director: Jean-Baptiste Mondino)

  • Bryan Adams – "Run to You" (Director: Steven Barron)
  • Duran Duran – "The Wild Boys" (Director: Russell Mulcahy)
  • Chris Isaak – "Dancin'" (Director: Mary Lambert)
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – "Don't Come Around Here No More" (Director: Jeff Stein)
  • Simple Minds – "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (Director: Daniel Kleinman)
  • Toto – "Stranger in Town" (Director: Steven Barron)
  • Best Choreography in a Video

    Elton John – "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" (Choreographer: David Atkins)

  • Eurythmics – "Would I Lie to You?" (Choreographer: Eddie Baytos)
  • Madonna – "Like a Virgin" (Choreographer: Madonna)
  • Madonna – "Material Girl" (Choreographer: Kenny Ortega)
  • Prince and The Revolution – "When Doves Cry" (Choreographer: Prince)
  • Sheila E. – "The Glamorous Life" (Choreographer: Lesli Glatter)
  • Tina Turner – "Private Dancer" (Choreographer: Arlene Phillips)
  • Best Special Effects in a Video

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – "Don't Come Around Here No More" (Special Effects: Tony Mitchell, Kathy Dougherty and Peter Cohen)

  • Bryan Adams – "Run to You" (Special Effects: Cinebuild)
  • Lindsey Buckingham – "Go Insane" (Special Effects: David Yardley)
  • Lindsey Buckingham – "Slow Dancing" (Special Effects: David Yardley)
  • Culture Club – "It's a Miracle" (Special Effects: David Yardley)
  • Best Art Direction in a Video

    Don Henley – "The Boys of Summer" (Art Director: Bryan Jones)

  • Bryan Adams – "Run to You" (Art Director: Steven Barron)
  • Peter Brown – "Zie Zie Won't Dance" (Art Director: John Jolly)
  • Culture Club – "It's a Miracle" (Art Director: Bruce Hill)
  • Madonna – "Like a Virgin" (Art Director: John Ebdon)
  • Simple Minds – "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (Art Director: Mark Rimmell)
  • Best Editing in a Video

    Art of Noise – "Close (to the Edit)" (Editor: Zbigniew Rybczyński)

  • Bryan Adams – "Run to You" (Editor: John Mister)
  • Lindsey Buckingham – "Go Insane" (Editor: David Yardley)
  • Lindsey Buckingham – "Slow Dancing" (Editor: David Yardley)
  • Eurythmics – "Would I Lie to You?" (Editor: Glenn Morgan)
  • Best Cinematography in a Video

    Don Henley – "The Boys of Summer" (Director of Photography: Pascal Lebègue)

  • Bryan Adams – "Heaven (version 2)" (Director of Photography: Peter MacDonald)
  • Bryan Adams – "Run to You" (Director of Photography: Frank Gell)
  • Lindsey Buckingham – "Go Insane" (Director of Photography: Oliver Stapleton)
  • Madonna – "Like a Virgin" (Director of Photography: Peter Sinclair)
  • Viewer's Choice

    USA for Africa – "We Are the World"

  • Don Henley – "The Boys of Summer"
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – "Don't Come Around Here No More"
  • David Lee Roth – "California Girls"
  • David Lee Roth – "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody"
  • Video Vanguard Award

    David Byrne
    Russell Mulcahy
    Godley & Creme

    Special Recognition Award

    Bob Geldof

    Performances

  • Eurythmics – "Would I Lie to You?"
  • David Ruffin, Eddie Kendrick and Hall & Oates – "The Way You Do the Things You Do"/"My Girl"
  • Tears for Fears – "Shout"
  • John Cougar Mellencamp – "Lonely Ol' Night"
  • Pat Benatar – "7-Rooms of Gloom"
  • Sting – "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free"
  • Eddie Murphy – "Party All the Time"
  • Appearances

  • Sheila E. and Paul Young – presented Best Overall Performance in a Video
  • Run-DMC – rapped the eligibility and voting rules for the VMAs
  • Foreigner (Mick Jones and Lou Gramm) – presented Best Stage Performance in a Video
  • Little Steven – accepted the Best Stage Performance award on behalf of Bruce Springsteen
  • Lou Reed – appeared in a video package about the year's new artists
  • Bryan Adams and Jim Kerr – presented Best New Artist in a Video
  • The Cars (Benjamin Orr and Elliot Easton) – presented Most Experimental Video
  • Martha Quinn – introduced the presentations of the winners of the professional categories
  • Mark Goodman – announced the winner of Best Art Direction in a Video
  • Alan Hunter – announced the winner of Best Cinematography in a Video
  • Nina Blackwood – announced the winners of Best Special Effects in a Video
  • J.J. Jackson – announced the winner of Best Editing in a Video
  • Kris P. – accepted the Best Editing award on behalf of Zbigniew Rybczyński
  • Julian Lennon and Corey Hart – presented Best Choreography in a Video
  • Dave Stewart – accepted the Best Choreography award on behalf of Elton John
  • Morris Day – presented Best Concept Video
  • John Taylor and Andy Taylor – presented Video Vanguard to Russell Mulcahy
  • Chrissie Hynde – presented Video Vanguard to David Byrne
  • Herbie Hancock – presented Video Vanguard to Godley & Creme
  • Glenn Frey – presented Best Direction in a Video
  • Joan Baez – presented the Special Recognition Award
  • Don Henley – presented Best Group Video
  • Aimee Mann and Stephen Pearcy – presented Viewer's Choice
  • Grace Jones – presented Best Male Video
  • John Sayles – accepted the Best Male Video award on behalf of Bruce Springsteen
  • David Lee Roth – presented Best Female Video
  • Tina Turner – presented Video of the Year
  • References

    1985 MTV Video Music Awards Wikipedia


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