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1991 MTV Video Music Awards

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Country  United States
Network  MTV
Other ceremonies  1990, 1992
Hosted by  Arsenio Hall
Date  5 September 1991
Host  Arsenio Hall
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Location  Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, California, United States

The 1991 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 5, 1991, honoring the best music videos from June 2, 1990, to June 15, 1991. The show was hosted by Arsenio Hall at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

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This year saw the introduction of a new category, Best Long Form Video; however, this category would not be handed out again until the 2016 ceremony where it was renamed Breakthrough Long Form Video. Meanwhile, the award for Best Post-Modern Video was renamed Best Alternative Video.

R.E.M. led the night both in awards and in nominations. Their video for "Losing My Religion" not only won Video of the Year, but it also took home a total of six awards, making them the biggest winners of the night. Furthermore, R.E.M.'s ten nominations also made them the most nominated artist that night and "Losing My Religion" the most nominated video of the night.

Nominations

Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year

R.E.M. – "Losing My Religion"

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  • C+C Music Factory – "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
  • Deee-Lite – "Groove Is in the Heart"
  • Divinyls – "I Touch Myself"
  • Chris Isaak – "Wicked Game (Concept)"
  • Queensrÿche – "Silent Lucidity"
  • Best Male Video

    Chris Isaak – "Wicked Game (Concept)"

  • Jon Bon Jovi – "Blaze of Glory"
  • Gerardo – "Rico Suave"
  • George Michael – "Freedom! '90"
  • Best Female Video

    Janet Jackson – "Love Will Never Do (Without You)"

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  • Paula Abdul – "Rush Rush"
  • Neneh Cherry – "I've Got You Under My Skin"
  • Amy Grant – "Baby Baby"
  • Madonna – "Like a Virgin (Truth or Dare version)"
  • Best Group Video

    R.E.M. – "Losing My Religion"

  • The Black Crowes – "She Talks to Angels"
  • Divinyls – "I Touch Myself"
  • Queensrÿche – "Silent Lucidity"
  • Best New Artist in a Video

    Jesus Jones – "Right Here, Right Now"


  • C+C Music Factory – "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
  • Deee-Lite – "Groove Is in the Heart"
  • Gerardo – "Rico Suave"
  • Seal – "Crazy"
  • Best Metal/Hard Rock Video

    Aerosmith – "The Other Side"


  • AC/DC – "Thunderstruck"
  • Alice in Chains – "Man in the Box"
  • The Black Crowes – "She Talks to Angels"
  • Faith No More – "Falling to Pieces"
  • Guns N' Roses – "You Could Be Mine"
  • Queensrÿche – "Silent Lucidity"
  • Warrant – "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
  • Best Rap Video

    LL Cool J – "Mama Said Knock You Out"

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  • 3rd Bass – "Pop Goes the Weasel"
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – "Summertime"
  • Ice-T – "New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme)"
  • Monie Love – "It's a Shame (My Sister)"
  • Best Dance Video

    C+C Music Factory – "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"

  • Bingoboys (featuring Princessa) – "How to Dance"
  • Deee-Lite – "Groove Is in the Heart"
  • EMF – "Unbelievable"
  • Best Alternative Video

    Jane's Addiction – "Been Caught Stealing"

  • Jesus Jones – "Right Here, Right Now"
  • R.E.M. – "Losing My Religion"
  • The Replacements – "When It Began"
  • Best Video from a Film

    Chris Isaak – "Wicked Game" (from Wild at Heart)

  • Bryan Adams – "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)
  • Jon Bon Jovi – "Blaze of Glory" (from Young Guns II)
  • Guns N' Roses – "You Could Be Mine" (from Terminator 2: Judgment Day)
  • Best Long Form Video

    Madonna – The Immaculate Collection

  • Aerosmith – Things That Go Pump in the Night
  • Peter Gabriel – POV
  • R.E.M. – Tourfilm
  • Breakthrough Video

    R.E.M. – "Losing My Religion"

  • Deee-Lite – "Groove Is in the Heart"
  • Enigma – "Sadeness (Part I)"
  • Seal – "Crazy"
  • Best Direction in a Video

    R.E.M. – "Losing My Religion" (Director: Tarsem)

  • Chris Isaak – "Wicked Game (Concept)" (Director: Herb Ritts)
  • George Michael – "Freedom! '90" (Director: David Fincher)
  • Queensrÿche – "Silent Lucidity" (Director: Matt Mahurin)
  • Best Choreography in a Video

    C+C Music Factory – "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (Choreographer: Jamale Graves)

  • Janet Jackson – "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" (Choreographers: Herb Ritts, Janet Jackson and Tina Landon)
  • Madonna – "Like a Virgin (Truth or Dare version)" (Choreographer: Vincent Paterson)
  • MC Hammer – "Pray (Jam the Hammer Mix)" (Choreographers: MC Hammer and Ho Frat Hooo!)
  • Best Special Effects in a Video

    Faith No More – "Falling to Pieces" (Special Effects: David Faithfull and Ralph Ziman)

  • Neneh Cherry – "I've Got You Under My Skin" (Special Effects: Pitov)
  • MC Hammer – "Here Comes the Hammer" (Special Effects: Fred Raimondi and Maury Rosenfeld)
  • The Replacements – "When It Began" (Special Effects: Carl Bressler and Paul Rachman)
  • Seal – "Crazy" (Special Effects: Big TV!)
  • Bart Simpson – "Do the Bartman" (Special Effects: Brad Bird)
  • Best Art Direction in a Video

    R.E.M. – "Losing My Religion" (Art Director: José Montaño)

  • Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – "Mama Help Me" (Art Director: Leonardo)
  • C+C Music Factory – "Things That Make You Go Hmmm..." (Art Director: Marcus Nispel)
  • Faith No More – "Falling to Pieces" (Art Director: David Faithfull)
  • Janet Jackson – "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" (Art Director: Pierluca De Carlo)
  • Jellyfish – "The King Is Half-Undressed" (Art Director: Michael White)
  • George Michael – "Freedom! '90" (Art Director: John Beard)
  • Best Editing in a Video

    R.E.M. – "Losing My Religion" (Editor: Robert Duffy)

  • C+C Music Factory – "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (Editor: Marcus Nispel)
  • Deee-Lite – "Groove Is in the Heart" (Editor: Hiroyuki Nakano)
  • Chris Isaak – "Wicked Game (Concept)" (Editor: Bob Jenkis)
  • George Michael – "Freedom! '90" (Editors: Jim Haygood and George Michael)
  • Seal – "Crazy" (Editors: Big TV!)
  • Best Cinematography in a Video

    Chris Isaak – "Wicked Game (Concept)" (Director of Photography: Rolf Kestermann)

  • LL Cool J – "Mama Said Knock You Out" (Director of Photography: Stephen Ashley Blake)
  • George Michael – "Freedom! '90" (Director of Photography: Mike Southon)
  • R.E.M. – "Losing My Religion" (Director of Photography: Larry Fong)
  • Viewer's Choice

    Queensrÿche – "Silent Lucidity"

  • C+C Music Factory – "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
  • Deee-Lite – "Groove Is in the Heart"
  • Divinyls – "I Touch Myself"
  • Chris Isaak – "Wicked Game (Concept)"
  • R.E.M. – "Losing My Religion"
  • MTV Asia

    Cui Jian – "Wild in the Snow"

  • Kenny Bee – "Be Brave to Love"
  • Bird – "Prik Kee Noo"
  • Chris Ho – "Fictional Stuff"
  • MTV Australia

    Yothu Yindi – "Treaty (Filthy Lucre Mix)"

  • Crowded House – "Chocolate Cake"
  • Ratcat – "Don't Go Now"
  • Third Eye – "The Real Thing"
  • MTV Brasil

    Sepultura – "Orgasmatron"

  • Cidade Negra – "Falar a Verdade"
  • Engenheiros do Hawaii – "Refrão de Bolero"
  • Kid Abelha – "Grand' Hotel"
  • Os Paralamas do Sucesso – "Caleidoscópio"
  • MTV Europe

    Roxette – "Joyride"

  • EMF – "Unbelievable"
  • Pet Shop Boys – "Being Boring"
  • Seal – "Crazy"
  • MTV Internacional

    Franco De Vita – "No Basta"

  • Emmanuel – "Bella Señora"
  • Juan Luis Guerra & 440 – "A Pedir Su Mano"
  • Los Prisioneros – "Estrechez de Corazón"
  • MTV Japan

    Flipper's Guitar – "Groove Tube"

  • no other nominees listed
  • Video Vanguard Award

    Bon Jovi
    Wayne Isham

    Performances

  • Van Halen – "Poundcake"
  • C+C Music Factory – "Things That Make You Go Hmmm..."/"Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)"/"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
  • Poison – "Talk Dirty to Me"
  • Mariah Carey – "Emotions"
  • EMF – "Unbelievable" (live from the Town and Country Club in London)
  • Paula Abdul – "Vibeology"
  • Queensrÿche – "Silent Lucidity"
  • LL Cool J – "Mama Said Knock You Out"
  • Metallica – "Enter Sandman"
  • Don Henley – "The Heart of the Matter"
  • Guns N' Roses – "Live and Let Die" (live from Wembley Stadium in London)
  • Prince and The New Power Generation – "Gett Off"
  • House band

  • Was (Not Was)
  • Appearances

  • Pee-wee Herman – opened the show and welcomed the audience
  • Linda Hamilton and Steven Tyler – presented Best Group Video
  • Downtown Julie Brown – appeared in pre-commercial vignettes about the Viewer's Choice award and telling viewers what was 'coming up' on the show
  • Christian Slater – presented Best Video from a Film
  • Lenny Kravitz – presented Breakthrough Video
  • Kurt Loder – interviewed various celebrities backstage before commercial breaks
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – presented Best Dance Video
  • Martha Quinn – appeared in pre-commercial vignettes telling viewers what was 'coming up' on the show
  • Dennis Hopper – presented Best Direction in a Video
  • Fred Savage – appeared in a backstage vignette with Pauly Shore
  • Pauly Shore and Cindy Crawford – presented Best Long Form Video
  • Color Me Badd – presented Best Choreography in a Video
  • John Norris – appeared in a pre-commercial vignette telling viewers what was 'coming up' on the show
  • Billy Idol – presented Best Alternative Video
  • N.W.A – presented Best Rap Video
  • Mike Myers and Dana Carvey (as Wayne and Garth from Wayne's World) – introduced the winners of the professional categories
  • Jason Priestley and Jennifer Connelly – presented Best New Artist in a Video
  • Ed Lover and Doctor Dré – appeared in a pre-commercial vignette telling viewers what was 'coming up' on the show
  • Arsenio Hall (host) – presented the Video Vanguard award
  • C.C. DeVille – appeared with Downtown Julie Brown before a commercial break to tell viewers what was 'coming up' on the show
  • Pip Dann – announced the winner of the International Viewer's Choice Award for MTV Europe and introduced the other winners of the International Viewer's Choice Awards
  • VJs Nonie (Asia), Richard Wilkins (Australia), Thunderbird (Brasil), Daisy Fuentes (Internacional) and Dionne Mitsuoka (Japan) – announced their respective region's Viewer's Choice winner
  • James Brown and MC Hammer – presented a special Moonman to host Arsenio Hall for his four-year hosting stint and then presented the Viewer's Choice award
  • Spinal Tap – presented Best Metal/Hard Rock Video
  • Cher – presented Best Male Video and Best Female Video
  • George Michael and Cindy Crawford – presented Video of the Year
  • References

    1991 MTV Video Music Awards Wikipedia


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