1994: Madonna's MTV Video Music Awards




From 1990 onwards, I eagerly awaited the MTV Video Music Awards every September - prior to 1990 I didn't have MTV :-( !

This year (1994) I can remember that I'd been so busy with other things in my life that I had not heard it confirmed that Madonna would be appearing. I did however know that she was nominated in the category of "Best Video From a Film" for "I'll Remember" - so for that reason, I made it my business to tune into the show live in the early hours of Thursday night / Friday morning on September 8th. During the pre-show special it was confirmed that Madonna would be coming - and so naturally I got very excited!

In the end, she didn't win with "I'll Remember" (the award went to Bruce Springsteen's "Philadelphia"), but we caught a quick shot of her in the audience early on in the show - but then right at the very end she made her appearance to present the biggest award of the night "Video Of The Year".

6 months prior to this, Madonna had hit the headlines everywhere with her controversial, f-word laden appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" - so it was a bit of a clever publicity stunt for her to be accompanied by Letterman as she came onstage at the VMAs to present the award.

On handing over the award, an exchange of words took place between Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Madonna, about her "Sex" book - and this was removed from all subsequent broadcasts of the show on MTV-Europe.

So if you've got 7 minutes to kill, here is everything from the original live broadcast which featured Madonna - from the opening titles, to the brief audience shot, to the full uncut award presentation!

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(MTV, September 1994)