VMA Video Vanguard Award Winners

Can you name the winners of the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs?

YearWinnerOccupation: Sample work
1984Singer: 'Space Oddity', 'Heroes', 'Modern Love', 'China Girl'
1984Band: 'Strawberry Fields Forever', 'A Day in the Life', 'Lady Madonna', 'Something'
1984Director: 'A Hard Day's Night' (The Beatles), 'Help!' (The Beatles)
1985Lead singer, Talking Heads: 'Once in a Lifetime', 'Burning Down the House', 'This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)'
1985Director: 'Video Killed the Radio Star' (The Buggles), 'Rio' (Duran Duran), 'Sad Songs (Say So Much)' (Elton John), 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' (Bonnie Tyler)
1985Directors: 'Girls on Film' (Duran Duran), 'Rockit' (Herbie Hancock), 'Every Breath You Take' (The Police), 'Two Tribes' (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
1986Singer: 'Borderline', 'Like a Virgin', 'Material Girl', 'Dress You Up'
1986Director: 'Close (to the Edit)' (Art of Noise), 'Alive and Kicking' (Simple Minds), 'Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)' (Pet Shop Boys)
1987Singer: 'Games Without Frontiers', 'Shock the Monkey', 'Sledgehammer', 'Big Time'
1987Director: 'Come On Eileen' (Dexys Midnight Runners), 'Blue Jean' (David Bowie), 'Smooth Operator' (Sade), 'Do You Really Want to Hurt Me' (Culture Club)
1988Singer: 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough', 'Billie Jean', 'Thriller', 'Bad'
1989Singer: 'Careless Whisper', 'Faith', 'Father Figure', 'Monkey'
1990Singer: 'Nasty', 'When I Think of You', 'The Pleasure Principle', 'Rhythm Nation'
1991Band: 'You Give Love a Bad Name', 'Wanted Dead or Alive', 'Bad Medicine', 'I'll Be There for You'
1991Director: 'Livin' on a Prayer' (Bon Jovi), 'Blaze of Glory' (Jon Bon Jovi), 'Pour Some Sugar on Me' (Def Leppard), 'Dr. Feelgood' (Mötley Crüe)
1992Band: 'Welcome to the Jungle', 'Sweet Child o' Mine', 'Don't Cry', 'November Rain'
1994Singer: 'Don't Come Around Here No More', 'Free Fallin'', 'Into the Great Wide Open', 'Mary Jane's Last Dance'
1994Band: 'Start Me Up', 'Waiting on a Friend', 'Undercover of the Night', 'Love Is Strong'
1995Band: 'The One I Love', 'Orange Crush', 'Losing My Religion', 'Everybody Hurts'
1997Rapper: 'I Need Love', 'Going Back to Cali', 'Mama Said Knock You Out', 'Doin It'
1997Director: 'Constant Craving' (k.d. lang), 'Free Your Mind' (En Vogue), 'Closer' (Nine Inch Nails), 'Scream' (Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson)
1998Band: 'No Sleep Till Brooklyn', 'So What'cha Want', 'Sabotage', 'Sure Shot'
2000Band: 'Higher Ground', 'Give It Away', 'Under the Bridge', 'Californication'
2001Band: 'Pride (In the Name of Love)', 'With or Without You', 'Even Better Than the Real Thing', 'Beautiful Day'
2003Band: 'Hungry Like the Wolf', 'The Reflex', 'Wild Boys', 'Ordinary World'
2006Director: 'The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)' (Missy Elliott), 'Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See' (Busta Rhymes), 'No Scrubs' (TLC), 'Gold Digger' (Kanye West)
2011Singer: '...Baby One More Time', 'Oops!... I Did It Again', 'Piece of Me', 'Womanizer'
2013Singer: 'Cry Me a River', 'Rock Your Body', 'What Goes Around... Comes Around', 'Mirrors'
2014Singer: 'Crazy in Love', 'Check on It', 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)', 'Countdown'
2015Rapper: 'All Falls Down', 'Gold Digger', 'Good Life', 'All of the Lights'
2016Singer: 'SOS', 'Umbrella', 'We Found Love', 'Work'
2017Singer: 'Lady Marmalade', 'Get the Party Started', 'Stupid Girls', 'Just Give Me a Reason'
2018Singer: 'If You Had My Love', 'Waiting for Tonight', 'I'm Real (Remix)', 'Dance Again'
2019Rapper: 'The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)', 'Get Ur Freak On', 'Work It', 'Lose Control'
2022Rapper: 'Super Bass', 'Starships', 'Anaconda', 'Chun-Li'
2023Singer: 'Ojos Así', 'Whenever, Wherever', 'Hips Don't Lie', 'Chantaje'
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  • Winners include directors and musicians. Winners' occupations and samples of their music video work (up to the year they won) listed as aid. Last names acceptable (where applicable).
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Last Updated: Feb 16, 2017

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