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These 2022 VMA Contenders Have been Additionally Nominated on the First VMAs in 1984

These 2022 VMA Contenders Have been Additionally Nominated on the First VMAs in 1984

Two of the artists nominated for the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards go approach again with the VMAs, to the very first present in 1984.

Madonna, who’s nominated for finest long-form music video for “MADAME X,” was nominated for finest new artist in a video on the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards for “Borderline.” She didn’t win — the award went to Eurythmics for “Sweet Dreams (Are Made from This”) — however she left with one thing even higher than an award: She stole the present along with her totally dedicated efficiency of “Like a Virgin,” by which she writhed across the flooring of Radio Metropolis Music Corridor in a marriage costume.

The opposite 2022 VMA contender who was nominated on the first VMAs is Elton John. The pop legend is nominated this yr for each tune of the yr and finest collaboration for “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix),” his hit collab with Dua Lipa. Elton was additionally a double nominee on the first present, for the exuberant “I’m Nonetheless Standing,” which was up for finest choreography in a video and finest modifying in a video.

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The VMA nominations had been introduced on Tuesday. The awards shall be introduced Aug. 28 at Prudential Heart in Newark, N.J.

Elton has by no means received in a aggressive VMA class, although he and his longtime songwriting companion Bernie Taupin acquired a particular recognition award in 1987. (It will be good if Elton lastly received one of many few awards that has eluded him. Now he simply must buckle down and win an Emmy so he can grow to be an EGOT.)

Madonna has received 19 aggressive VMAs and one non-competitive award, the Video Vanguard Award. Apparently, she acquired that award in 1986, one yr earlier than she lastly received her first aggressive VMA for “Papa Don’t Preach.”

Madonna’s greatest evening on the VMAs got here in 1998 when she received six awards – 5 for “Ray of Mild” and one for “Frozen.” “Ray of Mild” introduced Madonna her solely VMA for video of the yr, following back-to-back nods in that class for “Like a Prayer” in 1989 and “Vogue” in 1990.

Madonna’s most up-to-date VMA win got here in 1999 when “Stunning Stranger” from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me received finest video from a movie.

However the 1984 present is the place she seized the second, took an enormous danger (it may have been remembered as a catastrophe) and have become probably the most talked-about star within the music enterprise in a single day. On the time of the VMAs (Sept. 14, 1984), she had not but reached the highest 10 on the Billboard 200 and had cracked the highest 10 on the Billboard Scorching 100 simply as soon as, with “Borderline,” which peaked at No. 10 in June. Inside 5 months, she had topped each charts for a number of weeks.

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In his 2017 checklist of the 100 greatest awards present performances of all time, Billboard’s deputy editor Andrew Unterberger ranked Madonna’s 1984 VMAs efficiency No. 2 (simply behind Beyoncé’s 15-minute-plus Lemonade medley on the identical present in 2016). Right here’s how Unterberger described it: “The singing is often pitchy, the staging feels a bit haphazard, and the presentation is downright low-budget by modern-day requirements. However when you needed to decide one four-minute clip to display what an award-show efficiency may and must be at its finest, there’d be completely no debate: Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin,’ by which she stepped down from a marriage cake on the very first Video Music Awards and writhed her approach into the center of the Nineteen Eighties. Earlier than Madonna, the very best award-show performances may hope for was to get folks to purchase the document, after her, they turned the historic document; the way in which we keep in mind stars at their most iconic, and the way in which they display their immortality, regardless of whose names are within the evening’s envelopes. It’s the veritable huge bang for the format as pop artwork.”

A number of of the highest nominees and performers from the 1984 awards have since died, which is sobering, however maybe not stunning. Thirty-eight years is a very long time. They embody David Bowie, who was one of many inaugural recipients of the Video Vanguard Award, the primary winner of finest male video for “China Lady,” and a performer on the present (albeit pre-taped and from London, the place he sang his then-current hit “Blue Jean”).

Different 1984 nominees who’ve since died embody Michael Jackson, a video of the yr nominee for “Thriller” and a three-time winner on the evening (albeit a no-show: his awards had been all accepted by his pal Diana Ross); Donna Summer, a finest feminine video nominee for “She Works Onerous for the Cash”; plus quite a few group members – Ric Ocasek of The Vehicles (the upset video of the yr winners for “You Would possibly Assume”), Dusty Hill of ZZ High, Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen, Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones, Freddie Mercury of Queen, Eric Carr of KISS, and Eric Woolfson of the Alan Parsons Undertaking.

Dan Aykroyd, one of many stars of the top-grossing movie of 1984, Ghostbusters, and Bette Midler, who was between hits on the time, however is all the time a hoot, co-hosted the primary VMAs. Performers on the present, along with Madonna and Bowie, had been Tina Turner (“What’s Love Acquired to Do With It,” which went on to win Grammys for document and tune of the yr in February 1985), Rod Stewart (“Infatuation”), Huey Lewis & the News (“I Need a New Drug”),  ZZ Top (“Sharp Dressed Man”) and Ray Parker Jr. (“Ghostbusters”).

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