The MTV Video Music Awards’ 15 Biggest Mistakes
Honoring the Cars over “Thriller”? Betting big on Tokio Hotel? We track the show’s most memorable missteps in its 28-year history.
All awards shows screw up from time to time. At the 1941 Oscars, Citizen Kane lost Best Picture to How Green Is My Valley. The Grammys' AARP-eligible voters infamously handed the 1989 Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance trophy to Jethro Tull's Crest of a Knave instead of Metallica's …And Justice for All. However, no ceremony has made an artform of picking WTF winners quite like the MTV Video Music Awards. From failing to honor "Thriller" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to betting on Jesus Jones and Tokio Hotel, the VMAs have had us scratching our heads since 1984. Here are 15 of the most memorable missteps in the show's 28-year history. DANIEL KREPS
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