Video Music Awards offer stars and unpredictability


As anyone who has watched MTV in the last week could not help but know, the 1996 Video Music Awards airs live tonight at 8 p.m. It's an event most music fans look forward to -- and not just because they're sick of seeing promos for the thing every 12 minutes.

For starters, the VMAs offer a wider range of rock acts than any awards show on television. This year's show promises performances that run the gamut from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to Bush, from Fugees to Hootie & the Blowfish, and from Metallica to Alanis Morissette. Not to mention Nas, Oasis (with or without Liam Gallagher), the Smashing Pumpkins and KISS.

There's also usually a stunning amount of star-power on hand for these things. Among those on this year's roster of celebrity presenters are Mariah Carey, Coolio, Beck, Chris Rock, Jenny McCarthy, Foo Fighters, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dennis Rodman, who probably enjoys not standing out in a crowd for once.

The always acerbic Dennis Miller is host.

But the real draw has to do with the show's usual unpredictability. Just as some sports fans watch auto races in hopes of seeing a high-speed pile-up, many music fans tune into the VMAs in hopes of catching some kind of on-screen weirdness. Whether it's unexpected profanity (as when Bobby Brown last performed), a tad too much skin (like the year Prince left the seat of his pants home), or the simple spectacle of celebrity egos in action (as when Courtney Love horned in on a Madonna interview last year).

Remember, folks, it's a full moon tonight.

Oh, yeah -- there are also awards involved.

And the nominees are ...

A partial list of nominees for the MTV Video Awards, which will be presented tonight:

Video of the Year: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, "Tha Crossroads"; Foo Fighters, "Big Me"; Alanis Morissette, "Ironic"; Smashing Pumpkins, "Tonight, Tonight"

Viewers' Choice Video: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, "Tha Crossroads"; Foo Fighters, "Big Me"; Alanis Morissette, "Ironic"; Smashing Pumpkins, "Tonight, Tonight"; Coolio featuring LV, "Gangsta's Paradise"; Bush, "Glycerine"; Metallica, "Until It Sleeps"

Best Male Video: Bryan Adams, "The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You"; Beck, "Where It's At"; R. Kelly featuring Ronald Isley, "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)"; Coolio, "1,2,3,4 (Sumpin' New)"; Seal, "Don't Cry"

Best Female Video: Bjork, "It's Oh So Quiet"; Tracy Chapman, "Give Me One Reason"; Jewel, "Who Will Save Your Soul"; Alanis Morissette, "Ironic"

Best Group Video: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, "Tha Crossroads"; Foo Fighters, "Big Me"; Fugees, "Killing Me Softly"; Hootie & the Blowfish, "Only Wanna Be with You"

Best Rap Video: 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre, "California Love (Mad Max version)"; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, "Tha Crossroads"; Coolio featuring LV, "Gangsta's Paradise"; L.L. Cool J, "Doin' It"

Best Dance Video: Coolio, "1,2,3,4 (Sumpin' New)"; Everything But the Girl, "Missing"; La Bouche, "Be My Lover"; George Michael, "Fastlove"

Best Hard Rock Video: Alice in Chains, "Again"; Marilyn Manson, "Sweet Dreams"; Metallica, "Until It Sleeps"; Rage Against the Machine, "Bulls on Parade"

Best Alternative Music Video: Bush, "Glycerine"; Everclear, "Santa Monica"; Foo Fighters, "Big Me"; Smashing Pumpkins, "1979"

Pub Date: 9/04/96

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