Held at Radio City Music Hall in its first year, the award ceremony has a rich music and pop culture history.
[MUSIC] Coinage. Life, well spent. Presented by Geico. On September 14th 1984, Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler hit the radio city call stage to host the first ever MTV video music awards Legendary jazz musician, Herbie Hancock, received five Moonmen that night, beating Michael Jackson who only won three. Created by the company, Manhattan Design, the silver Moonman has gone home with thousands of artists over the years. Their well known creation was based off of the 1981 "Top of the Hour" animation on MTV. Madonna has taken home the most awards in VMA history with a whopping 20. The Material Girl better watch out because Beyonce is a close second with 16 Moonmen. Peter Gabriel's 1987 innovative hit "Sledgehammer" is the most awarded music video with 9 VMAs. Lady Gaga's 2010 "Bad Romance" is in second place with 7 awards. In VMA history there have only been three times where the awards show wasn't held in New York City or Los Angeles. Miami hosted the event in 2004 and 2005. While Las Vegas stole the ceremony in 2007. Before the big night begins, the red carpet is known for celebrities debuting iconic fashions. No star has had more head turning moments than Lady Gaga. In 2010 the singer donned a dress and shoes made out of raw beef. According the to he dress' designer, Franc Fernandez, she wore a total of 50 pounds of meat. Needless to say, her fashion choice was very rare. [MUSIC] Coinage, life, well spent. Presented by Geico.