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The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
MTV Video Music Awards, 1984-1989
     
1984
Best Video of the Year: The Cars, "You Might Think"
Best Male Video: David Bowie, "China Girl"
Best Female Video: Cyndi Lauper, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
Best Concept Video: Herbie Hancock, "Rockit"
Best Group Video: ZZ Top, "Legs"
Best New Artist in a Video: Eurythmics, "Sweetd Dreams (Are Made Of These)"
Best Special Effects in a Video: Herbie Hancock, "Rockit"
Best Direction in a Video: ZZ Top, "Sharp Dressed Man"
Video Vanguard Award: The Beatles, David Bowie, Richard Lester
Viewer's Choice Award: Michael Jackson, "Thriller"

1985
Best Video of the Year: Don Henley, "The Boys Of Summer"
Best Male Video: Bruce Springsteen, "I'm On Fire"
Best Female Video: Tina Turner, "What's Love Got To Do With It"
Best Concept Video: Glenn Frey, "Smuggler's Blues"
Best Group Video: USA for Africa, "We Are The World"
Best New Artist in a Video: Til Tuesday, "Voices Carry"
Best Special Effects in a Video: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, "Don't Come Around Here No More"
Best Direction in a Video: Don Henley, "The Boys Of Summer"
Video Vanguard Award: David Byrne, Kevin Godley & Lol Creme, Russell Mulcahy
Viewer's Choice Award: USA for Africa, "We Are The World"

1986
Best Video of the Year: Dire Straits, "Money For Nothing"
Best Male Video: Robert Palmer, "Addicted To Love"
Best Female Video: Whitney Houston, "How Will I Know"
Best Concept Video: a-ha, "Take On Me"
Best Group Video: Dire Straits, "Money For Nothing"
Best New Artist in a Video: a-ha, "Take On Me"
Best Special Effects in a Video: a-ha, "Take On Me"
Best Direction in a Video: a-ha, "Take On Me"
Video Vanguard Award: Madonna and Zbigniew Rybeznski
Viewer's Choice Award: a-ha, "Take On Me"

1987
Best Video of the Year: Peter Gabriel, "Sledgehammer"
Best Male Video: Peter Gabriel, "Sledgehammer"
Best Female Video: Madonna, "Papa Don't Preach"
Best Concept Video: Peter Gabriel/Stephen Johnson, "Sledgehammer"
Best Group Video: Talking Heads, "Wild Wild Life"
Best New Artist in a Video: Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over"
Best Special Effects in a Video: Peter Gabriel, "Sledgehammer"
Best Direction in a Video: Peter Gabriel, "Sledgehammer"
Video Vanguard Award: Julien Temple and Peter Gabriel
Viewer's Choice Award: U2, "With Or Without You"
Best Video from a Film: Talking Heads, "Wild Wild Life" (True Stories)

1988
Best Video of the Year: INXS, "Need You Tonight / Mediate"
Best Male Video: Prince, "U Got The Look"
Best Female Video: Suzanne Vega, "Luka"
Best Concept Video: Pink Floyd, "Learning To Fly"
Best Group Video: INXS, "Need You Tonight / Mediate"
Best New Artist in a Video: Guns N' Roses, "Welcome To The Jungle"
Best Special Effects in a Video: Squeeze, "Hourglass"
Best Direction in a Video: George Michael, "Father Figure"
Video Vanguard Award: Michael Jackson
Viewer's Choice Award: INXS, "Need You Tonight / Mediate"
Best Video from a Film: Los Lobos, "La Bamba" (La Bamba)
Breakthrough Video: INXS, "Need You Tonight / Mediate"

1989
Best Video of the Year: Neil Young, "This Note's For You"
Best Male Video: Elvis Costello, "Veronica"
Best Female Video: Paula Abdul, "Straight Up"
Best Group Video: Living Colour, "Cult Of Personality"
Best New Artist in a Video: Living Colour, "Cult Of Personality"
Best Special Effects in a Video: Michael Jackson, "Leave Me Alone"
Best Direction in a Video: Madonna, "Express Yourself"
Video Vanguard Award: George Michael
Viewer's Choice Award: Madonna, "Like A Prayer"
Best Video from a Film: U2 with B.B. King, "When Love Comes To Town" (U2 Rattle and Hum)
Breakthrough Video: Art of Noise, featuring Tom Jones, "Kiss"
Best Rap Video: D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, "Parents Just Don't Understand"
Best Dance Video: Paula Abdul, "Straight Up"
Best Metal/Hard Rock Video: Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child O' Mine"