1984 MTV Video Music Awards

1984 MTV Video Music Awards
Date Friday, September 14, 1984
Location Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York
Country United States
Hosted by Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler
Television/Radio coverage
Network MTV

The 1984 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 14, 1984, honoring the best music videos from May 2, 1983, to May 2, 1984. The show was hosted by Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Herbie Hancock was the night's biggest winner, taking home five awards, followed by Michael Jackson, who won three. The night's main award, though, went to The Cars for "You Might Think," making this the first of a very small number of times in which the winner of Video of the Year did not take home any other awards that night.

In terms of nominations, Hancock's "Rockit" and The Police's "Every Breath You Take" were the year's most nominated videos, with each receiving eight nominations apiece. Meanwhile, the most nominated artist of 1984 was Cyndi Lauper, who aside from winning the Best Female Video Moonman received nine nominations that year for two of her videos: six for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and three for "Time After Time."

Other major nominees that night included the aforementioned Michael Jackson and The Cars, both of whom received six nominations for their videos "Thriller" and "You Might Think," respectively; ZZ Top, who also received six nominations between their videos for "Legs," "Sharp Dressed Man," and "Gimme All Your Lovin';" and Billy Idol, who got five nominations for "Dancing with Myself" and "Eyes Without a Face." Lastly, David Bowie had four nominations for his "China Girl" and "Modern Love" videos, and he was also one of the night's honorees for the Video Vanguard award.


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year

The Cars – "You Might Think"

Best Male Video

David Bowie – "China Girl"

Best Female Video

Cyndi Lauper – "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"

Best Group Video

ZZ Top – "Legs"

Best New Artist in a Video

Eurythmics – "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"

Best Concept Video

Herbie Hancock – "Rockit"

Most Experimental Video

Herbie Hancock – "Rockit"

Best Stage Performance in a Video

Van Halen – "Jump"

Best Overall Performance in a Video

Michael Jackson – "Thriller"

Best Direction in a Video

ZZ Top – "Sharp Dressed Man" (Director: Tim Newman)

Best Choreography in a Video

Michael Jackson – "Thriller" (Choreographers: Michael Jackson and Michael Peters)

Best Special Effects in a Video

Herbie Hancock – "Rockit" (Special Effects: Godley & Creme)

Best Art Direction in a Video

Herbie Hancock – "Rockit" (Art Directors: Jim Whiting and Godley & Creme)

Best Editing in a Video

Herbie Hancock – "Rockit" (Editors: Roo Aiken and Godley & Creme)

Best Cinematography in a Video

The Police – "Every Breath You Take" (Director of Photography: Daniel Pearl)

Viewer's Choice

Michael Jackson – "Thriller"

Video Vanguard Award

The Beatles
David Bowie
Richard Lester

Special Recognition Award

Quincy Jones [1]




  1. "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2000-03-01. Archived from the original on 2000-03-01. Retrieved 2012-05-21.

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