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Doja Cat in a transparent dress at the MTV Music Awards 2023

Starting in 1984, the MTV channel gave life to awards that would become part of musical culture: the MTV Video Music Awards, also known as MTV VMAs, which, year after year, have been in charge of awarding awards to the best music videos. Bands and artists such as The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Katy Perry or U2, have been recognized in these awards.

In addition to their original version, these awards have spread around the world, which has given life to the MTV Latin America Awards, the MTV Australia Video Music Awards, or the MTV Video Music Awards Japan. 

Britney Spears and Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards

Throughout their history, MTV VMAs have been known for bringing controversial and memorable moments to life. In 2003, Madonna performed with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera on stage in a musical act, performing her songs Like a Virgin and Hollywood. In this show, there was a moment that went down in history after Madonna kissed Britney and Christina, which happened in front of singer Justin Timberlake, who was Britney's boyfriend at the time. 

MTV VMAs Fun Facts

  • They originally emerged as an alternative in the video category to the Grammys. 
  • The award statuette is popularly known as "Moon Man", representing an astronaut. 
  • Beyoncé, Madonna and Lady Gaga are the artists who have received the most awards. 
  • In 2009, Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's award for Best Video for a Female Performer by calling Beyoncé the deserving winner.
  • In 2010, Lady Gaga went to the awards in a dress made of meat.