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1999 MTV Video Music Awards
DateThursday, September 9, 1999
LocationMetropolitan Opera House, New York City
CountryUnited States
Hosted byChris Rock
Television/radio coverage

The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 9, 1999, honoring the best music videos from June 13, 1998, to June 11, 1999. The show was hosted by Chris Rock at Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.[1] Lauryn Hill was the big winner of the night, taking home four Moonmen, including Best Female Video and the big one, Video of the Year

Highlights of the show included Diana Ross jiggling Lil' Kim's exposed breast in response to her outfit, which left her entire left breast uncovered, but for a small pastie on her nipple. The mothers of slain rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., Afeni Shakur and Voletta Wallace, came together to present the Best Rap Video Award. The Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz made a plea for peace in the wake of the sexual assaults at Woodstock '99. Near the end of the night, MTV staged a tribute to Madonna, the most-nominated artist in VMA history, by presenting a host of male drag performers dressed as the singer in her past music videos. Rapper DMX was scheduled to perform but was a no-show; as a result, Jay-Z's solo set was extended. Another moment of the ceremony was the debut of Britney Spears performing her debut single "...Baby One More Time", and then, NSYNC, performed their song "Tearin' Up My Heart".

As Backstreet Boys came up and accepted their award for Viewer's Choice, a stranger came onto the stage and said, "Wake up at 3". This person was later revealed to be John Del Signore, who crashed the ceremony in a failed attempt to sell Viacom a show idea.[2]

The awards show featured a line-up of sponsors and cross-promotions, most notably with SEGA, as the date of the show also coincided with the launch of their Dreamcast game console.


Winners are in bold text.

Video of the Year[edit]

Lauryn Hill – "Doo Wop (That Thing)"

Best Male Video[edit]

Will Smith – "Miami"

Best Female Video[edit]

Lauryn Hill – "Doo Wop (That Thing)"

Best Group Video[edit]

TLC – "No Scrubs"

Best New Artist in a Video[edit]

Eminem – "My Name Is"

Best Pop Video[edit]

Ricky Martin – "Livin' la Vida Loca"

Best Rock Video[edit]

Korn – "Freak on a Leash"

Best R&B Video[edit]

Lauryn Hill – "Doo Wop (That Thing)"

Best Rap Video[edit]

Jay-Z (featuring Ja Rule and Amil) – "Can I Get A..."

Best Hip-Hop Video[edit]

Beastie Boys – "Intergalactic"

Best Dance Video[edit]

Ricky Martin – "Livin' la Vida Loca"

Best Video from a Film[edit]

Madonna – "Beautiful Stranger" (from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me)

Breakthrough Video[edit]

Fatboy Slim – "Praise You"

Best Direction in a Video[edit]

Fatboy Slim – "Praise You" (Director: Torrance Community Dance Group)

Best Choreography in a Video[edit]

Fatboy Slim – "Praise You" (Choreographers: Richard Koufey and Michael Rooney)

Best Special Effects in a Video[edit]

Garbage – "Special" (Special Effects: Sean Broughton, Stuart D. Gordon and Paul Simpson of Digital Domain)

Best Art Direction in a Video[edit]

Lauryn Hill – "Doo Wop (That Thing)" (Art Director: Gideon Ponte)

Best Editing in a Video[edit]

Korn – "Freak on a Leash" (Editors: Haines Hall and Michael Sachs)

Best Cinematography in a Video[edit]

Marilyn Manson – "The Dope Show" (Director of Photography: Martin Coppen)

Best Artist Website[edit]

Red Hot Chili Peppers (

Viewer's Choice[edit]

Backstreet Boys – "I Want It That Way"

International Viewer's Choice Awards[edit]

MTV Australia[edit]

Silverchair – "Anthem for the Year 2000"

MTV Brasil[edit]

Raimundos – "Mulher de Fases"

MTV India[edit]

A. R. Rahman – "Dil Se Re"

MTV Korea[edit]

H.O.T. – "Make a Line"

MTV Latin America (North)[edit]

Ricky Martin – "Livin' la Vida Loca"

MTV Latin America (South)[edit]

Ricky Martin – "Livin' la Vida Loca"

MTV Mandarin[edit]

Shino Lin – "Irritated"

MTV Russia[edit]

Ricky Martin – "Livin' la Vida Loca"

MTV Southeast Asia[edit]

Parokya ni Edgar – "Harana"



Main show[edit]



Main show[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Lauryn Hill, Ricky Martin and Fatboy Slim Dominate TheFinal MTV Video Music Awards Of The 20th Century". Business Wire. 10 September 1999. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-08-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Kids ThinkLink - CultureLink". Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-06-30.
  4. ^ "Smash Mouth Brave Rain While Blink 182 Enjoy Perfect Weather At VMA Opening Act - MTV". September 9, 1999.
  5. ^

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