On August 28th some of music’s biggest names will descend upon Madison Square Garden to commemorate the past year in music. MTV will be celebrating the best artists and music videos with their famous ‘Moonman’ award.
When MTV launched their cable channel in 1981, no one expected a channel that played promotional music videos 24/7 to succeed. In the following years, MTV would become a behemoth of media changing the course of the music industry and making (or breaking) a number of artist’s careers.
Three years after the initial launch of the channel, MTV began an award ceremony that would go on to be one of the major cornerstones of American award shows. The Video Music Awards, or VMAs, celebrate the best music videos of the year in genre and in technical achievements concluding with the video of the year. The Video Vanguard Award commemorates a particular artist’s lifetime achievement in the medium.
Over the years, the design of the trophy has changed quite a bit. The ‘Moonman’ a depiction of an astronaut planting a flag on The Moon has remained constant, as has the engraved circular base, but the sizing, level of detail and colors have changed nearly every year. As an example, the 2015 trophy featured the Moonman wearing an oversized peace-symbol chain.
In the 32 years that the award show has existed a number of infamous and controversial events have taken place. The first memorable event was Madonna’s performance of ‘Like a Virgin’ which has been parodied both for the costuming and for the performance itself. In the years that followed Andrew Dice Clay was given a lifetime ban from the awards for his vulgar stage antics, Krist Novoselic of Nirvana nearly knocked himself unconscious with his own bass guitar and a number of fist fights have broken out between musicians.
The 2016 VMAs will feature 17 different categories for artists to receive awards and is sure to be yet another ceremony for the ages.
At Spike’s we love a good award show, and the VMAs rarely disappoint. If you’re in the market for a plaque, trophy or something else to commemorate your favorite artist, Spike’s has everything for your own special award.