Who’s going to win a Moonman this year? The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards will be handed out on Sept. 12. In celebration of one of music’s biggest nights, let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at all the artists who’ve won the show’s top prize — video of the year — every year since 1984.
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The Cars won the inaugural video of the year award in 1984 for “You Might Think.”
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Don Henley won a video of the year Moonman for “The Boys of Summer” in 1985.
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The boys of Dire Straits took home the video of the year prize in 1986 for their hit “Money for Nothing.”
Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” video took home the top prize at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards.
Australian rock group INXS, fronted by the late Michael Hutchence, won the prize for video of the year in 1988 for “Need You Tonight”/”Mediate.”
Neil Young took home the top prize in 1989 for “This Note’s for You.”
Sinead O’Connor became the first woman to take home the video of the year prize: “Nothing Compares 2 U” won the top Moonman at the MTV VMAs in 1990.
Alternative rock group R.E.M. won the video of the year Moonman in 1991 for “Losing My Religion.”
Van Halen took home the night’s top prize for “Right Now” in 1992.
Pearl Jam heralded a new type of rock music — grunge — with their big win for “Jeremy” in 1993.
Aerosmith won the top prize for “Cryin” in 1994.
We all remember TLC’s big video of the year win for “Waterfalls” in 1995.
The Smashing Pumpkins won the top Moonman for “Tonight, Tonight” in 1996.
Funk-rock band Jamiroquai, fronted by Jay Kay, took home the video of the year prize for “Virtual Insanity” in 1997.
The queen of pop, Madonna, won the video of the year award for “Ray of Light” in 1998.
Lauryn Hill really changed the game when she won the night’s top prize for “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1999.
Rapper Eminem added another prize to his trophy case when he won the video of the year Moonman in 2000 for “The Real Slim Shady.”
Pink, Mya, Lil Kim and Christina Aguilera won the video of the year prize in 2001 for their “Lady Marmalade” collaboration video.
Eminem won another video of the year award in 2002 for “Without Me.”
Missy Elliott took home the top prize for her rap hit “Work It” at the MTV VMAs in 2003.
OutKast had everyone living their best life in 2004, the year they won the video of the year prize for “Hey Ya!”
Green Day, fronted by Billie Joe Armstrong, took home a total of six awards, including video of the year for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards.
Panic! At The Disco surprised everyone by winning the video of the year Moonman in 2006 for “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”
Rihanna began her MTV Video Music Awards reign back in 2007 when she took home the top prize for her “Umbrella” video.
After a spectacular comeback, Britney Spears won the video of the year Moonman for “Piece of Me” in 2008.
Beyonce captivated the world with her hit song “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” — and took home the top prize for its video at the 2009 MTV VMAs.
Lady Gaga wore her infamous meat dress to accept her video of the year award (from Cher!) for “Bad Romance” in 2010.
Katy Perry took home the night’s top award in 2011 for her “Firework” video.
Rihanna won the video of the year Moonman again in 2012, this time for “We Found Love” with Calvin Harris.
After taking a hiatus from music to focus on acting, Justin Timberlake returned to his first love and won the video of the year Moonman for “Mirrors” in 2013.
2014 was the year of Miley Cyrus, who took home the top prize at the MTV VMAs for her provocative “Wrecking Ball” video that August.
Taylor Swift brought her squad on stage when she accepted her video of the year award for “Bad Blood” — in which they’d starred — in 2015.
In what felt like a return to the golden era of MTV, Beyonce won the top prize for her empowering “Formation” video at the 2016 show.
In 2017, Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” was crowned video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Camila Cabello dominated the competition at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards where she won the video of year prize for her hit song “Havana.”
Taylor Swift nabbed the top award at the 2019 MTV VMAs for “You Need to Calm Down.”
At the 2020 MTV VMAs, which took place in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, The Weeknd went home with the video of the year prize for “Blinding Lights.”
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