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11 Things You Never Knew About The MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards were devised as an alternative to the Grammys to celebrate music videos and their impact on pop culture. The awards show is one of the most talked-about TV events of the year, with many shocking and controversial things happening at the shows over the years, from Kanye West storming the stage and interrupting Taylor Swift, to Madonna kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Here are 11 things you never knew about the MTV Video Music Awards.

  1. Most popular host

via Dublbz.blogspot.com
via Dublbz.blogspot.com

The show has had various hosts throughout the years and the person who’s hosted it the most times is Arsenio Hall, who hosted it four times from 1988-1991

2. Least watched show

via Ladiesliveandlearn.com
via Ladiesliveandlearn.com

The least watched show was the 2015 ceremony, which drew in just 5.03 million people. It was hosted by Miley Cyrus and saw Taylor Swift as the night’s big winner, with four awards won.

3. Video of the Year

via Hotnewhiphop.com
via Hotnewhiphop.com

Eminem and Rihanna are the only artists to have won the Video of the Year award twice. Eminem won it for ‘The Real Slim Shady’ and ‘Without Me’, while Rihanna won it for ‘Umbrella’ and ‘We Found Love’

4. Quadruple threat

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via Mtv.com

The award for Quadruple Threat of the Year was only given out in 2007 and the winner was Justin Timberlake.

5. Most awarded video

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via Youtube.com

Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’ video won a total of 9 awards back in 1987; the next most awarded video is Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ video, which won 7 awards in 2010.

6. A long time coming

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via Mtv.com

Britney Spears had received 16 nominations without receiving a single award, until 2008 when she finally walked away with three awards.

7. Celebrating ringtones

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via Music-bazaar.com

In 2006 there was an award for Ringtone of the Year, which went to ‘Where’d You Go’ by Fort Minor ft. Holly Brook

8. The most watched show

via Vma.com
via Vma.com

The 2011 VMAs remain the most watched show to date, with 12.4 million people tuning in; this was the show when Beyonce announced her pregnancy to the world.

9. The first show

via Hollywoodreporter.com
via Hollywoodreporter.com

The first VMAs were held back in 1984 and was hosted by Dan Ackroyd and Bette Midler; Herbie Hancock was the show’s biggest winner with five awards, while Michael Jackson walked away with three.

10. New York or California

The show has nearly always been held in New York or California; it has been held outside of the two states only three times, when in 2004 and 2005 it was held in Miami then in 2007 when it was held in Las Vegas.

11. Most awarded artist

via Parade.com
via Parade.com

The artist who’s received the most VMAs is Madonna, who’s won a total of 20 awards. The last time she won an award was back in 1999.



James Gibson
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