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MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards, an annual ceremony that has moved from city to city and fluctuated in the ratings since 1984, continues to be one of the most-talked-about music events in the U.S. In addition to a raucous show, the V.M.A.s also see a host of related parties from brands like Esquire, Cash Money Records, and Perez Hilton. The 2015 event took place in Los Angeles on August 30; here's our archive of MTV Video Music Awards coverage.

V.M.A.S PREDICTABLY DELIVER SHOCK DURING SHOW: Kanye West announced he would run for president at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, one of the bizarre highlights of the show. Reuters: “Viacom Inc-owned MTV's annual VMA hands out Moonman statuettes to the year's top achievements in music videos, but is better known for delivering irreverent and unexpected moments. Sunday's show was all about the shock factor as a scantily clad Miley Cyrus, 22, cursed her way through her hosting duties, flashed her bare breast accidentally and performed a new song about smoking marijuana.”
Posted August 31, 2015, 8:44 EDT

V.M.A.S STICK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL: Despite some references to current events—Common referenced the civil rights protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and Miley Cyrus invited a formerly homeless youth to accept her award for video of the year—the MTV Video Music Awards had few surprises and closed with a extended-length performance from Beyonce. Billboard: “Lewdness, a hallmark of so many VMA telecasts, took a backseat on this night—even Nicki Minaj's stripper moves seemed tame within the night's opening sequence.”
Posted August 25, 2014, 8:14 a.m. EDT

VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS TAKE OVER BROOKLYN: MTV's Video Music Awards took place in Brooklyn's Barclays Center—and featured plenty of star power with Justin Timberlake and a reunion of 'NSync, a kinky duet between Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, and an opening number from Lady Gaga—but producers introduced a venue change for the closing performance: Katy Perry singing in a boxing ring set up at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. The New York Post:
Posted August 26, 2013, 8.44 a.m. EDT

MTV V.M.A.s Brooklyn Debut Floods City With Sponsors and Concert-Parties

In its first outing in New York since 2009—and its inaugural show in Brooklyn—the MTV Video Music Awards hit the city with a slew of preshow events fueled by corporate sponsors.

Event Report Posted August 26, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

Event Producers Give the V.M.A.s ‘B’: MTV Show's Audio Was "Flawed"

Event pros discuss their favorite (and least favorite) moments from the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn, New York, including 'NSync's surprise appearance, Katy Perry's Brooklyn Bridge set, and the problematic audio production.

News Posted August 26, 2013, 9:26 AM EDT

What the Critics Said: V.M.A.s Disappointed With Poor Audiovisual Production, No Defining Moment

Despite controversial performances, the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards failed to impress critics.

News Posted August 26, 2013, 1:53 PM EDT

What the Press Said About the V.M.A.s: MTV Loves a Scandal

News Posted September 14, 2009, 2:42 PM EDT

Jay-Z Reigns Over MTV V.M.A. After-Parties

This year might not have seen a lot of production-heavy Video Music Awards after-parties, but several artists, brands, and clubs hosted events into the wee hours.

Event Report Posted September 14, 2009, 5:26 PM EDT

MTV Spreads Out on Paramount Lot for 25th V.M.A.s

News Posted September 8, 2008, 11:27 AM EDT

Unofficial VMA After-Parties Lure Guests With Full-Scale Concerts

After an MTV VMA ceremony with lots of musical acts, another slate of headliners played a key part in the after-party entertainment.

Event Report Posted September 8, 2008, 4:16 PM EDT

MTV VMA Parties Embrace Vegas Style

With MTV taking its big award show to Sin City, event producers embraced the city's reputation for over-the-top, all-night parties�"plus its scads of striking new venues.

Event Report Posted September 10, 2007, 4:46 PM EDT

Swag Suites Blanket Vegas for MTV VMA Weekend

Event Report Posted September 10, 2007, 12:04 PM EDT

MTV Awards Return, With the Focus on the Parties

With the once-chaotic Video Music Awards back in New York, the tagalong events got all the attention. Their established formula: Put the spotlight squarely on the celebrity hosts—and some strategically placed logos.

Event Report Posted September 6, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the MTV VMA Parties

Despite Hurricane Katrina, dozens of sponsors delivered a deluge of VMA parties, from ultra-exclusive dinners to booty-shaking bashes.

Event Report Posted February 15, 2006, 1:22 PM EST

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the MTV VMA Parties Part 2

Despite Hurricane Katrina, dozens of sponsors delivered a deluge of VMA parties, from ultra-exclusive dinners to booty-shaking bashes.

Event Report Posted February 15, 2006, 1:22 PM EST

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the MTV VMA After-Parties

Event Report Posted September 3, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT


Event Report Posted September 4, 2002, 12:00 AM EDT