1986 MTV Video Music Awards

1986 MTV Video Music Awards
Date Friday, September 5, 1986
Location Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles
Country United States
Hosted by Downtown Julie Brown
Mark Goodman
Alan Hunter
Martha Quinn and
Dweezil Zappa
Television/Radio coverage
Network MTV

The 1986 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 5, 1986, honoring the best music videos from May 2, 1985, to May 1, 1986. The show was hosted by MTV VJs Downtown Julie Brown, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn, and Dweezil Zappa, and it emanated primarily from both The Palladium in New York City and the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Other parts of the show, however, took place in various locations such as London, Miami, and New Haven, Connecticut.

The night's biggest winner and one of the year's two most nominated artists was Norwegian group a-ha, which won eight out of eleven awards it was in contention for. Their video for "Take on Me" earned six awards out of eight nominations, including Viewer's Choice, while "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." won two awards out of three nominations.

The other most nominated artist was rock group Dire Straits, whose video for "Money for Nothing" also earned eleven nominations and won two awards, including Video of the Year. Thus, "Money for Nothing" was also the most nominated video at the 1986 VMAs.


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year

Dire Straits – "Money for Nothing"

Best Male Video

Robert Palmer – "Addicted to Love"

Best Female Video

Whitney Houston – "How Will I Know"

Best Group Video

Dire Straits – "Money for Nothing"

Best New Artist in a Video

a-ha – "Take on Me"

Best Concept Video

a-ha – "Take on Me"

Most Experimental Video

a-ha – "Take on Me"

Best Stage Performance in a Video

Bryan Adams and Tina Turner – "It's Only Love"

Best Overall Performance in a Video

David Bowie and Mick Jagger – "Dancing in the Street"

Best Direction in a Video

a-ha – "Take on Me" (Director: Steven Barron)

Best Choreography in a Video

Prince and The Revolution – "Raspberry Beret" (Choreographer: Prince)

Best Special Effects in a Video

a-ha – "Take on Me" (Special Effects: Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger)

Best Art Direction in a Video

ZZ Top – "Rough Boy" (Art Director: Ron Cobb)

Best Editing in a Video

a-ha – "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." (Editor: David Yardley)

Best Cinematography in a Video

a-ha – "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." (Director of Photography: Oliver Stapleton)

Viewer's Choice

a-ha – "Take on Me"

Video Vanguard Award

Zbigniew Rybczyński

Special Recognition Award

Bill Graham
Jack Healey (Executive Director, Amnesty International)



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