1997 MTV Video Music Awards

1997 MTV Video Music Awards
Date Thursday, September 4, 1997
Location Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York
Country United States
Hosted by Chris Rock
Television/Radio coverage
Network MTV

The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 4, 1997, honoring the best music videos from June 17, 1996, to June 16, 1997. The show was hosted by Chris Rock at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

American singer Beck took home the most Moonmen of the night, winning a total of five awards. British acid jazz band Jamiroquai closely followed, though, taking home four awards including the coveted Video of the Year prize. The only other multiple winner that night was British dance outfit The Prodigy, which took home both the American and European Viewer's Choice awards – making them the only act in VMA history to not only win two Viewer's Choice awards but also to achieve this in the same year.

As for nominations, Jamiroquai dominated the field with a total of ten nominations for their video for "Virtual Insanity." In second place was Beck, who received a total of seven mentions: five for "The New Pollution" and two for "Devils Haircut." Lastly, Nine Inch Nails came in third with five nominations for "The Perfect Drug." Unlike Beck and Jamiroquai, though, Nine Inch Nails went home empty-handed that night.


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year

Jamiroquai – "Virtual Insanity"

Best Male Video

Beck – "Devils Haircut"

Best Female Video

Jewel – "You Were Meant for Me"

Best Group Video

No Doubt – "Don't Speak"

Best New Artist in a Video

Fiona Apple – "Sleep to Dream"

Best Rock Video

Aerosmith – "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)"

Best R&B Video

Puff Daddy (featuring Faith Evans and 112) – "I'll Be Missing You"

Best Rap Video

The Notorious B.I.G. – "Hypnotize"

Best Dance Video

Spice Girls – "Wannabe"

Best Alternative Video

Sublime – "What I Got"

Best Video from a Film

Will Smith – "Men in Black" (from Men in Black)

Breakthrough Video

Jamiroquai – "Virtual Insanity"

Best Direction in a Video

Beck – "The New Pollution" (Director: Beck Hansen)

Best Choreography in a Video

Beck – "The New Pollution" (Choreographer: Peggy Hickey)

Best Special Effects in a Video

Jamiroquai – "Virtual Insanity" (Special Effects: Jonathan Glazer and Sean Broughton)

Best Art Direction in a Video

Beck – "The New Pollution" (Art Director: K. K. Barrett)

Best Editing in a Video

Beck – "Devils Haircut" (Editor: Hank Corwin)

Best Cinematography in a Video

Jamiroquai – "Virtual Insanity" (Director of Photography: Stephen Keith-Roach)

Viewer's Choice

The Prodigy – "Breathe"

International Viewer's Choice Awards

MTV Asia

The Eraserheads – "Ang Huling El Bimbo"

MTV Australia

Silverchair – "Freak"

MTV Brasil

Skank – "É uma Partida de Futebol"

MTV Europe

The Prodigy – "Breathe"

MTV India

Asha Bhosle – "O Mere Sona Re"

MTV Japan

Chara – "Yasashii Kimochi"

MTV Latin America

Café Tacuba – "Chilanga Banda"

MTV Mandarin

Mavis Fan – "Bartender Angel"

Video Vanguard Award

LL Cool J
Mark Romanek


MTV.com cybercast


Main show


External links


  1. "MTV Video Music Awards 1997". MTV.com. Winners > Best Direction. Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4qEXOFrkhQ
  3. http://www.mtv.com/bands/r/red_carpet/NewsFeature_081701/feature.jhtml
  4. "YouTube - Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench Live@VMAs 1997". Archived from the original on 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2009-07-29.
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