First MTV Awards

The first MTV awards ceremony was held this week in 1984. The show was held at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City and hosted by Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd. The categories and recipients are as follows:

Category Artist Title
Best Stage Performance in a Video Van Halen Jump
Video of the Year The Cars You Might Think
Best Female Video Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Best Male Video David Bowie China Girl
Best Group Video ZZ Top Legs
Most Experimental Video Herbie Hancock Rockit
Best Overall Performance in a Video Michael Jackson Thriller
Best New Artist in a Video Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Best Direction in a Video ZZ Top Sharp Dressed Man
Best Choreography in a Video Michael Jackson Thriller
Best Special Effects in a Video Herbie Hancock Rockit
Best Art Direction in a Video Herbie Hancock Rockit
Best Concept Video Herbie Hancock Rockit
Best Editing in a Video Herbie Hancock Rockit
Best Cinematography in a Video The Police Every Breath You Take
Viewer’s Choice Michael Jackson Thriller
Special Recognition Award Quincy Jones
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