1993 MTV Video Music Awards

1993 MTV Video Music Awards
Date Thursday, September 2, 1993
Location Gibson Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California
Country United States
Hosted by Christian Slater
Television/Radio coverage
Network MTV

The 1993 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 2, 1993, honoring the best music videos from June 16, 1992, to June 15, 1993. The show was hosted by Christian Slater at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. This was Kurt Cobain's final VMA appearance.

This year marked the introduction of yet another new category with the addition of Best R&B Video ballot. However, this would be the first time that a new award was added to the list of genre categories, a move that was mainly propelled by the success and popularity of MTV Jams.

The night's biggest winner was Pearl Jam, whose video for "Jeremy" earned four awards that night, including Video of the Year. Closely following were En Vogue with three Moonmen and Madonna and Peter Gabriel with two awards apiece. All other winners took one award each.

Meanwhile, in terms of nominations R&B group En Vogue and their video for "Free Your Mind" were the most nominated act and video (respectively) that night, receiving a total of eight nominations. The second most nominated artists of the night were Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith, and R.E.M., who received six nominations that night. Gabriel split his six nominations evenly between his videos for "Digging in the Dirt" and "Steam." All of R.E.M.'s nominations went to their video for "Man on the Moon." Lastly, Aerosmith, the winners of the Viewer's Choice award, received six nominations for their clip "Livin' on the Edge."


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year

Pearl Jam – "Jeremy"

Best Male Video

Lenny Kravitz – "Are You Gonna Go My Way"

Best Female Video

k.d. lang – "Constant Craving"

Best Group Video

Pearl Jam – "Jeremy"

Best New Artist in a Video

Stone Temple Pilots – "Plush"

Best Metal/Hard Rock Video

Pearl Jam – "Jeremy"

Best R&B Video

En Vogue – "Free Your Mind"

Best Rap Video

Arrested Development – "People Everyday"

Best Dance Video

En Vogue – "Free Your Mind"

Best Alternative Video

Nirvana – "In Bloom"

Best Video from a Film

Alice in Chains – "Would?" (from Singles)

Breakthrough Video

Los Lobos – "Kiko and the Lavender Moon"

Best Direction in a Video

Pearl Jam – "Jeremy" (Director: Mark Pellington)

Best Choreography in a Video

En Vogue – "Free Your Mind" (Choreographers: Frank Gatson, LaVelle Smith Jnr and Travis Payne)

Best Special Effects in a Video

Peter Gabriel – "Steam" (Special Effects: Real World Productions and (Colossal) Pictures)

Best Art Direction in a Video

Madonna – "Rain" (Art Director: Jan Peter Flack)

Best Editing in a Video

Peter Gabriel – "Steam" (Editor: Douglas Jines)

Best Cinematography in a Video

Madonna – "Rain" (Director of Photography: Harris Savides)

Viewer's Choice

Aerosmith – "Livin' on the Edge"

International Viewer's Choice Awards[1]

MTV Asia

Indus Creed – "Pretty Child"

MTV Brasil

Titãs – "Será Que É Isso o Que Eu Necessito?"

MTV Europe

George Michael – "Killer/Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"

MTV Internacional

Luis Miguel – "América"




  1. Sandler, Adam (July 22, 1993). "MTV vid awards come into Vogue – Entertainment News, Music News, Media – Variety". Archived from the original on August 11, 2009. Retrieved August 5, 2009.

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