MTV Video Music Award
An MTV Video Music Award is an award presented by the cable channel MTV to honor the best in the music video medium. Conceived as an alternative to the Grammy Awards, the annual MTV Video Music Awards ceremony has been called the "Super Bowl for youth", an acknowledgment of the VMA ceremony's ability to draw millions of youth from teens to 20-somethings each year. By 2001, the VMA had become a coveted award; the statue given to winners is an astronaut on the moon, one of the earliest representations of MTV, was colloquially called a "moonman". However, in 2017 Chris McCarthy, the President of MTV, stated that the statue would be called a "Moon Person" from on; the statue was conceived by Manhattan Design—also designers of the original MTV logo—based on the 1981 "Top of the Hour" animation created by Fred Seibert, produced by Alan Goodman, produced by Buzz Potamkin at Buzzco Associates. The statue is now made by Society Awards. Since the 2006 ceremony, viewers are able to vote for their favorite videos in all general categories by visiting MTV's website.
The annual VMA ceremony occurs before the end of summer and held either in late August or mid-September, broadcast live on MTV, along with simulcasts on MTV's sister networks to nullify in-house competition. The first VMA ceremony was held in 1984 at New York City's Radio City Music Hall; the ceremonies are held in either New York City or Los Angeles. However, the ceremonies have been hosted in Miami and Las Vegas. 1984: At the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984, Madonna performed her hit "Like a Virgin" wearing a combination bustier/wedding gown, including her trademark "Boy Toy" belt. During the performance, she rolled around on revealing lacy stockings and a garter. Cyndi Lauper spoke in "Exorcist-esque gibberish" to explain the VMA rules right before winning the Best Female video for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". David Bowie, The Beatles and director Richard Lester were rewarded with the first Video Vanguard Awards for their work in pioneering the music video. 1987: At the fourth annual MTV Video Music Awards, Peter Gabriel won 10 awards, including the Video Vanguard Award and Video of the Year for his video "Sledgehammer", holding the VMA record for most Moonmen in a single night.
1988: At the 1988 Video Music Awards Michael Jackson appeared for the first time. A pre-recorded live performance of Bad was shown." He was awarded the Video Vanguard Award.1989: Controversial comic Andrew Dice Clay's appearance at the 1989 Video Music Awards to promote his new movie, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, earned him a "lifetime ban" from the network when he introduced Cher with some of his already-notorious nursery rhymes that contained vulgar language and references. After performing with Tom Petty, Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin was assaulted by Mötley Crüe lead singer Vince Neil, leading to a verbal battle between Neil and Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose. Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora turned out a stripped down acoustic performance of the Bon Jovi hits "Wanted Dead or Alive and "Livin' on a Prayer", in the process provided the inspirational spark for MTV Unplugged. Paula Abdul was nominated for six awards, she performed a seven-minute medley of her singles "Straight Up", "Cold Hearted", "Forever Your Girl".
When Madonna won the Viewer's Choice Award for her "Like a Prayer" video, she thanked Pepsi-Cola in her acceptance speech "for causing so much controversy". Pepsi-Cola had paid Madonna $5 million to appear in a commercial that would predominantly feature the world premiere of "Like a Prayer"; the tone that the commercial sought to convey contrasted with the music video. When Pepsi executives saw the video, they yanked the advertisement after only two airings, in an attempt to dissociate themselves from Madonna, she gave one of the most memorable performances of her hit "Express Yourself", as a preview of what would become her Blond Ambition World Tour. 1990: At the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards, Madonna gave a memorable performance of her single "Vogue," which featured Madonna and her dancers dressed in an 18th-century French theme, with Madonna bearing great resemblance to Marie Antoinette. The performance consisted of both a dramatic 18th-century reinterpretation of "Vogue" as well as her becorseted breasts.1991: During the award show the MTV Video Vanguard Award was renamed to the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from on, in honor of his contributions to the culture of music videos by changing them from a mere promotional tool featuring musicians playing instruments and singing, to a "short film" with a storyline.
His video "Thriller" changed music videos into what it is like today. A conflict between Poison's Bret Michaels and C. C. DeVille culminated in a fistfight at the Video Music Awards in 1991. DeVille was replaced by Pennsylvanian guitarist Richie Kotzen. Paul Reubens had his first public appearance, during the opening montage, following an arrest for lewd-conduct earlier that year. Taking the stage in costume as Pee-wee Herman, he received a standing ovation, after which he asked the audience, "Heard any good jokes lately?" After his appearance, Van Halen made their television debut, performing "Poundcake." Metallica was another highlight of the performances with "Enter Sandman." Prince & The New Power Generation performed their sexually charged song "Gett Off" on a Caligula-esque set, with Prince dressed in a yellow mesh outfit which infamously exposed his buttocks. His trousers were parodied numerous times throughout the following year, on
Michelle Shocked is an American singer-songwriter. Shocked was born Karen Michelle Johnston on February 24, 1962, in Dallas, Texas, at the Baylor University Medical Center, her stepfather was in the US Army and the family moved from base to base settling in Gilmer, Texas. Her mother was Mormon and she was raised in that faith, her mother had her committed to a psychiatric hospital for a time during years of drug abuse. She went through a punk rock phase, wearing a Mohawk hairdo and squatting in abandoned buildings in San Francisco, California. In 1984, Johnston adopted the stage name "Michelle Shocked," a play on the expression "shell shocked," she said in a 1992 interview with Green Left Weekly: "The term'Miss shell shocked' is a direct reference to the thousand-yard stare, a term that they first used to describe the victims of shell-shock in World War I; these people from outward appearances had survived the war quite well when in fact inside their minds were blown. I first used that name in 1984 at the Democratic Convention in San Francisco where I was arrested for protesting and demonstrating against corporations who contribute money to both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party campaigns."Shocked received her first international exposure after Pete Lawrence recorded her performance on a portable tape recorder at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.
Lawrence released the tape in Europe as The Texas Campfire Tapes. The album's success brought major labels asking her to sign a contract. Shocked was resistant to what she saw as the machinations of the music industry, worked to retain a degree of creative control, her first US success came with the release of her 1988 debut album, Short Sharp Shocked, on college radio rotations around the country, met with strong acclaim from listeners. The debut single, "Anchorage", broke into the Billboard Hot 100, but a follow-up single from the album, "When I Grow Up", did not chart. Short Sharp Shocked was the first album in what Shocked described as a "trilogy" for Mercury Records; the second album in the trilogy, Captain Swing, was released in 1989. Described by reviewer Chris Woodstra as an album of "swing and big-band music" that "no one expected," the album was promoted with the release of "On the Greener Side", a gender-reversed parody of Robert Palmer's 1986 single "Addicted to Love", in which topless male models performed the motions made famous by the female models in Palmer's video.
The trilogy concluded with Arkansas Traveler. Her desire to have the cover portray her in blackface in tribute to the roots of the music featured on the album drew criticism and a change in the cover art. However, the album received little commercial notice, Shocked parted ways with the label following an acrimonious lawsuit. In 1995, Shocked contributed an original song to the soundtrack for the film Dead Man Walking called "Quality of Mercy." In 1996, she released a studio version of an underground release on the short-lived Private Music label. Starting in 2002 with the release of Deep Natural, Shocked established Mighty Sound, she reissued expanded versions of her entire catalog, made possible by having retained complete ownership of her work when she signed with Mercury in 1987. An acoustic version of her song "How You Play the Game" was featured as the opening and credits soundtrack on the DVD of the 2004 documentary film Bush's Brain. Shocked continues to make music as an independent artist.
In June 2005, she released. In May 2007, she released the album ToHeavenURide. Soul of My Soul remains Shocked's last released recording to date, she toured through 2013 took time off before resuming live performances and touring in 2016. In 1992, Shocked married journalist Bart Bull, they divorced in 2004. She reported in 2007 that she was in a relationship with Disney artist David Willardson, with whom she had first worked in 2001 when he designed the branding for her record label Mighty Sound. Willardson has since designed album covers for Shocked's album reissues. Willardson and Shocked share an artist's studio in the Biscuit Company Lofts. Shocked put forward an ambiguous sexuality from the beginning of her career, her music appealed including lesbians. According to Gay 100 author Paul Russell, in 1989 she joked to a US broadcast television audience that the Grammy award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording, whose nominees included herself, eventual winner Tracy Chapman and Indigo Girls, should have been called "Best Lesbian Vocalist."
Shocked herself remembers that she joked the award "could have been called'They Might Be Lesbians'". After an Earth Day performance in Chicago in April 1990, she gave an interview to Christie L. Nordhielm of Outlines, a Chicago newspaper for the gay community. Accompanied by future husband, journalist Bart Bull, she told Nordhielm she felt boxed in by listener expectations that she was either straight or gay, she explained her wish to be politically and sexually subversive by saying "I resent like hell that I was maybe 18 years old before I heard the'L' word. I mean, that's understood, but it would have made all the difference for me had I grown up knowing that the reason I didn't fit in, was because they hadn't told me there were more categories to fit into." She said she did not condone the outing activities engaged in by members of ACT UP. Since Shocked has been listed as bisexual in referenc
Vogue (Madonna song)
"Vogue" is a song by American singer Madonna from her second soundtrack album I'm Breathless. It was released as the first single from the album on March 1990, by Sire Records. Madonna was inspired by vogue dancers and choreographers Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and Luis Xtravaganza from the Harlem "House Ball" community, the origin of the dance form, they introduced "Vogueing" to her at the Sound Factory club in New York City. "Vogue" is an upbeat house song which set trends in dance music in the 1990s with strong influences of 1970s disco within its composition. "Vogue" contains a spoken section, in which the singer name-checks various golden-era Hollywood celebrities. Lyrically, the song is about enjoying oneself on the dance floor no matter who one is, it contains a theme of escapism. Critically, "Vogue" has been met with appreciation since its release. Commercially, the song remains one of Madonna's biggest international hits, topping the charts in over 30 countries, including Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States.
It became the world's best-selling single of 1990. The music video for "Vogue", directed by David Fincher, was shot in black-and-white and takes stylistic inspiration from the 1920s and 1930s. Madonna and her dancers can be seen voguing to different choreographed moves; the video has been ranked as one of the greatest of all time in different critic lists and polls and won three awards at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards out of a total of nine nominations. Madonna has performed the song on six of her tours, at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards, at her performance during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVI; the song has been featured on the soundtrack of The Devil Wears Prada, as well as in "The Power of Madonna" episode of the Fox show Glee. Writers and critics have noted the video and the song's influence in bringing an underground subculture into mainstream popular culture through the postmodern nature of her power and influence, as well as the way in which it followed a new trend in which dance music enjoyed widespread popularity.
In late 1989, after her album Like a Prayer had spawned three US hits—the title track, "Express Yourself" and "Cherish", a top-five European single in "Dear Jessie", its fourth US single, "Oh Father", stalled at number 20 in the charts. Following the success of his remixes of a number of Madonna's earlier songs, including additional production on the "Like A Prayer" single, Warner Music head of dance music Craig Kostich approached Pettibone with the idea of collaborating with Madonna on a new song. In a 2015 Billboard interview, Pettibone recalled that the song was created quickly and cheaply - given a budget of only $5000, he composed and recorded the Philly/Salsoul-influenced backing track in just two weeks, submitted it to Madonna, who wrote the lyrics and came up with the title. Madonna flew to New York and recorded her vocals in a small 24-track basement studio on West 56th St, in a booth, converted from a closet. According to Pettibone, the star was efficient in the studio tracking all the verse and chorus vocals in order, in single takes.
Pettibone proposed the idea of a rap to fill the middle eight, for which there were no lyrics. He suggested namechecking classic film stars, so he and Madonna quickly wrote a list of names and she recorded it immediately. Pettibone came up with the song's vocal coda. After Madonna returned to Los Angeles, Pettibone carried out some further'tweaking' of the track and the finished song was submitted to Warners, just three weeks after Kostich's initial approach. Madonna's "Keep It Together" was intended to be the next single, but after presenting the new song to Warner Bros. executives, all parties involved decided that "Vogue" was too good to be wasted on a B-side and that it should be released as a single. Although the song itself had nothing to do with Madonna's then-upcoming Disney movie Dick Tracy, it was included on the album I'm Breathless, which contained songs from and inspired by the film. Madonna altered some of the suggestive lyrics because the song was connected to the Disney film via soundtrack.
"Vogue" is a house song with disco influence. The song has been noted by Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine to have a "deep house groove" and to have a "throbbing beat" by Mark Coleman of Rolling Stone; the backing track features elements of salsa-influenced soul music, including in the form of samples of horns and strings from the 1982 Salsoul Orchestra track "Ooh I Love It", the inclusion of, the subject of a lawsuit. J. Randy Taraborrelli, in his book Madonna: An Intimate Biography, wrote that the song was a "pulsating dance track". According to sheet music published at Musicnotes.com at Alfred Publishing, the song is written in the key of A♭ major, has a tempo of 116 beats per minute, in it, Madonna's vocal range spans from C4 to E♭5. Lyrically, the song has a theme of escapism, talks about how any person can enjoy themself. In the bridge, the song has a spoken rap section, in which Madonna references numerous "golden era" Hollywood celebrities; the lyrics of the song's rap section feature the names of 16 old Hollywood stars from the 1920s to the 1950s.
In order of mention in the lyrics, they are: Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Joe DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean, Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow, Gene K
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award is presented at the MTV Video Music Awards to music performers, recognizing accomplishments in music and film. The first Vanguard awards were presented in 1984 at the inaugural VMAs, renamed in 1991 in honor of Michael Jackson; the award is given to music video directors who have created some of the most acclaimed music videos aired by the network. Awarded corporately, it is not given annually, in certain years it was presented under the name Lifetime Achievement Award. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Official website
Paula Julie Abdul is an American dancer, singer and television personality. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18 and became the head choreographer for the Laker Girls, where she was discovered by The Jacksons. After choreographing music videos for Janet Jackson, Abdul became a choreographer at the height of the music video era and soon thereafter she was signed to Virgin Records, her debut studio album Forever Your Girl became one of the most successful debut albums at that time, selling 7 million copies in the United States and setting a record for the most number-one singles from a debut album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: "Straight Up", "Forever Your Girl", "Cold Hearted", "Opposites Attract". Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for seventh among the female solo performers who have topped the chart. Abdul was one of the original judges on the television series American Idol from 2002 to 2009, has since appeared as a judge on The X Factor, Live to Dance, So You Think You Can Dance.
Notably, she received choreography credits in numerous films, including Can't Buy Me Love, The Running Man, Coming to America, Action Jackson, The Doors, Jerry Maguire, American Beauty. She has received five MTV Video Music Award nominations, winning twice, as well as receiving the Grammy Award for Best Music Video for "Opposites Attract" in 1991, she received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography twice for her work on The Tracey Ullman Show, her own performance at the American Music Awards in 1990. Abdul was honored with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is the first entertainer to be honored with the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards' Hall of Fame Award. Abdul was born in California to Jewish parents. Abdul's father, Harry Abdul, born into the Syrian Jewish community in Aleppo, was raised in Brazil, subsequently immigrated to the United States, her mother, the concert pianist Lorraine M. Rykiss, grew up in one of the two Jewish families in Minnedosa and has Ashkenazi Jewish ancestors from Ukraine.
She has a sister named Wendy. As an avid dancer, Abdul was inspired towards a show business career by Gene Kelly in the film Singin' in the Rain. Abdul began taking dance lessons at an early age in ballet and tap, she attended Van Nuys High School, where she was an honor student. At 15, she received a scholarship to a dance camp near Palm Springs, in 1978 appeared in a low-budget Independent musical film, Junior High School. In 1980, she graduated from Van Nuys High School. Abdul studied broadcasting at Northridge. During her freshman year, she was selected from a pool of 700 candidates for the cheerleading squad of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team—the famed Laker Girls. Within a year, she became head choreographer.' Abdul was discovered by The Jacksons, after a few of the band members had watched her while attending a Los Angeles Lakers game. She was signed to do the choreography for the video to their single "Torture". Abdul recalled feeling intimidated by having to tell the Jacksons how to dance, stating that she was "not quite sure how got through that."
The success of the choreography in the video led to Abdul's career as choreographer of music videos, notably Janet Jackson's "Nasty" and "Control" videos. It was due to the success of the video that Abdul was chosen to be the choreographer for the Jacksons' Victory tour. Abdul choreographed sequences for the giant keyboard scene involving Tom Hanks's character in Big. In 1987, Abdul used her savings to make a singing demo. Soon thereafter, she was signed to the newly formed Virgin Records by Jeff Ayeroff, who had worked in marketing at A&M Records with Janet Jackson. Although she was a skilled dancer and choreographer, Abdul was a untrained singer, worked with various coaches and record producers to develop her vocal ability, with her vocal range defined as mezzo-soprano. Ayeroff recalled signing Abdul to a recording contract years stating: "She said,'I can sing, you know. I want to do an album.' Paula's in our industry. Here's someone with a personality and she's gorgeous, she can dance. If she can sing, she could be a star.
So she went into the studio and cut a demo record and she could sing." Her debut studio album, Forever Your Girl, would become the most successful debut album in history at that time, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 chart after 64 weeks, set a record for the most singles from a debut album to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. The album was certified platinum in 1989. A remix album, Shut Up and Dance: Mixes, was released and reached number seven in the United States, becoming one of the most successful remix albums to date. At the 32nd Grammy Awards, Abdul won her first Grammy for Best Music Video for "Opposites Attract", she was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Straight Up", but lost to Bonnie Raitt's "Nick of Time". In 1991, singer Yvette Marine filed a lawsuit against Abdul and the Virgin label, alleging that it was her vocals that were used on several tracks from Forever Your Girl, most notably "Opposites Attract". A jury sided with Abdul and the label two years in 1993, rejecting Marine's claim to credit and copyright compensation.
Abdul saw continued success with her second studio album Spellbound, which saw two additional number-one singles: "Rush Rush" and "The Promise of a New Day". Spellbound retained the dance-pop sound from Forever Your Girl and introduced elements of R&B, and
William Michael Albert Broad, known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English musician, singer and actor. He first achieved fame in the 1970s emerging from the London punk rock scene as a member of Generation X. Subsequently, he embarked on a solo career which led to international recognition and made Idol a lead artist during the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" in the United States; the name "Billy Idol" was inspired by a schoolteacher's description of him as "idle". Idol began his music career in late 1976 as a guitarist in the punk rock band Chelsea. However, he soon left the group. With his former bandmate Tony James, Idol formed the band Generation X. With Idol as lead singer, the band achieved success in the United Kingdom and released three albums on Chrysalis Records before disbanding. In 1981, Idol moved to New York City to pursue his solo career in collaboration with guitarist Steve Stevens, his debut studio album, Billy Idol, was a commercial success. With music videos for singles "Dancing with Myself" and "White Wedding" Idol soon became a staple of then-newly established MTV.
Idol's second studio album, Rebel Yell, was a major commercial success, featuring hit singles "Rebel Yell" and "Eyes Without a Face". The album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of two million copies in the US. In 1986, he released Whiplash Smile. Having accumulated three UK top 10 singles Idol released a 1988 greatest hits album entitled Idol Songs: 11 of the Best. Idol released two studio albums, Charmed Life and the concept album Cyberpunk. Idol spent the second half of the 1990s out of the public eye focusing on his personal life, he made a musical comeback with the release of Devil's Playground and again with Kings & Queens of the Underground. Idol became a US citizen on 14 November 2018. Billy Idol was born William Michael Albert Broad in Stanmore, Middlesex on 30 November 1955. In 1958, when Idol was two years old, his parents moved to New York; the family returned to England four years with Idol and his younger sister, settling in Dorking, Surrey.
In 1971, the family moved to Bromley, southeast London, where Idol attended Ravensbourne School for Boys. Idol attended Worthing High School for Boys in Worthing, West Sussex. In October 1975, Idol attended the University of Sussex to pursue an English degree and lived on campus but left after year one in 1976, he went on to join the Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols fans, a loose gang that travelled into town when the band played. Idol's parents attended church regularly; the name "Billy Idol" was coined due to a schoolteacher's description of Idol as "idle". In an interview on 21 November 1983, Idol said the name "Billy Idol" "was a bit of a goof, but part of the old English school of rock. Billy Fury and all that, it was a'double thing' not just a poke at the superstar-like people... It was fun, you know?" In another interview for BBC Breakfast in October 2014, he said that he wanted to use the name "Billy Idle", but thought the name would be unavailable due to its similarity to the name of Monty Python star Eric Idle and chose "Billy Idol" instead.
Idol first joined Chelsea in 1976 as a guitarist. He and Chelsea bandmate Tony James soon left that group and co-founded Generation X, with Idol switching from guitarist to lead singer. Generation X was one of the first punk bands to appear on the BBC Television music programme Top of the Pops. Although a punk rock band, they were inspired by mid-1960s British pop, in sharp contrast to their more militant peers, with Idol stating, they were singing ` No Elvis, Beatles or the Rolling Stones'. The truth was, we were all building our music on the Beatles and the Stones". Generation X signed with Chrysalis Records and released three albums and performed in the 1980 film, D. O. A. before disbanding. Idol moved to New York City in 1981 and became a solo artist, working with former Kiss manager Bill Aucoin. Idol's punk-like image worked well with the glam rock style of his new partner on guitar, Steve Stevens. Together they worked with drummer Gregg Gerson. Idol's solo career began with the Chrysalis Records EP titled Don't Stop in 1981, which included the Generation X song "Dancing with Myself" recorded for their last album Kiss Me Deadly, a cover of Tommy James & the Shondells' song "Mony Mony".
Idol's debut solo album, Billy Idol, was released in July 1982. Part of the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the US, in 1982 Idol became an MTV staple with "White Wedding" and "Dancing with Myself"; the music video for "White Wedding" was filmed by the British director David Mallet, played on MTV. In 1983, Idol's label released "Dancing with Myself" in the US in conjunction with a music video directed by Tobe Hooper, which played on MTV for six months. Idol's second LP, Rebel Yell was a major success and established Idol in the United States with hits such as "Rebel Yell," "Eyes Without a Face," and "Flesh for Fantasy". "Eyes Without a Face" peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100, "Rebel Yell" reached number six in the UK Singles Chart. This album and its singles saw Idol become popular in other countries such as Germany, Italy and New Zealand. Idol released Whiplash Smile in 1986; the album included the hits "To Be a Lover", "Don't Need a Gun" and "Sweet Sixteen". Idol filmed a video featuring "Sweet Sixteen" in Florida's Coral Castle.
In 1986, Ste