1987 MTV Video Music Awards

1987 MTV Video Music Awards
Date Friday, September 11, 1987
Location Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles
Country United States
Hosted by Downtown Julie Brown
Carolyne Heldman
Kevin Seal
Michael Tomioka and
Dweezil Zappa
Television/Radio coverage
Network MTV

The 1987 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 11, 1987, honoring the best music videos from May 2, 1986, to May 1, 1987. The show was hosted by MTV VJs Downtown Julie Brown, Carolyne Heldman, Kevin Seal, Michael Tomioka, and Dweezil Zappa, and it took place at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

This year featured the debut of the award for Best Video from a Film, which recognized the most outstanding video of a song taken from a movie soundtrack. Concurrently, 1987 also saw the elimination of the Special Recognition award that had been given out every year since 1984. Unlike Video Vanguard, which could go a few years without being handed out and then return, the Special Recognition award was never again given out at the VMAs.

In terms of awards, Peter Gabriel was undoubtedly the night's biggest winner, as he took home a record-setting ten Moonmen, including Video of the Year and the Video Vanguard award. Gabriel's video for "Sledgehammer" earned nine Moonmen out of the ten it was in the running for, making it the night's most nominated video of the night, as well as the most rewarded video in VMA history.

Also, Gabriel also set a record for the most VMA nominations in a single year, as along with the ten nominations for "Sledgehammer", his video for "Big Time" also received two, bringing his total up to twelve nominations in 1987. This record would go uncontested until 2010, when Lady Gaga received thirteen nominations.

Aside from Gabriel, the year's other major nominees were fellow Video of the Year nominees Genesis, Paul Simon, Steve Winwood, and U2, as well as two-time Best Female Video nominee Madonna. Genesis, Winwood, and U2 all received seven nominations for their videos "Land of Confusion", "Higher Love", and "With or Without You", respectively. Meanwhile, Simon and Madonna split their six nominations: the former between "The Boy in the Bubble" and "You Can Call Me Al", and the latter between "Papa Don't Preach" and "Open Your Heart."


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year

Peter Gabriel – "Sledgehammer"

Best Male Video

Peter Gabriel – "Sledgehammer"

Best Female Video

Madonna – "Papa Don't Preach"

Best Group Video

Talking Heads – "Wild Wild Life"

Best New Artist in a Video

Crowded House – "Don't Dream It's Over"

Best Concept Video

Peter Gabriel – "Sledgehammer"

Best Video from a Film

Talking Heads – "Wild Wild Life" (from True Stories)

Most Experimental Video

Peter Gabriel – "Sledgehammer"

Best Stage Performance in a Video

Bon Jovi – "Livin' on a Prayer"

Best Overall Performance in a Video

Peter Gabriel – "Sledgehammer"

Best Direction in a Video

Peter Gabriel – "Sledgehammer" (Director: Stephen R. Johnson)

Best Choreography in a Video

Janet Jackson – "Nasty" (Choreographer: Paula Abdul)

Best Special Effects in a Video

Peter Gabriel – "Sledgehammer" (Special Effects: Peter Lord)

Best Art Direction in a Video

Peter Gabriel – "Sledgehammer" (Art Directors: Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay)

Best Editing in a Video

Peter Gabriel – "Sledgehammer" (Editor: Colin Green)

Best Cinematography in a Video

Robbie Nevil – "C'est La Vie" (Director of Photography: Mark Plummer)

Viewer's Choice

U2 – "With or Without You"

Video Vanguard Award

Peter Gabriel
Julien Temple

Special Recognition Award

Elton John
Bernie Taupin



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