1984 MTV Video Music Awards
It was September 14, 1984, and your hosts for the evening were (sure, why not?) Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd.
…and somewhere, a 7-year-old Kanye West was interrupting his mom.
With performances by David Bowie (“Blue Jean”), Huey Lewis and the News (“I Want a New Drug”), and Rod Stewart (“Infatuation”), the 1984 VMAs were an 80s-lover’s dream. Cyndi Lauper presented the VMA rules in “Babylonian”, David Lee Roth was his typical over-the-top self, accepting Van Halen’s Best Stage Performance Moonman, and the entire crowd donned ZZ Top beards in solidarity (for what, we know not).
But the two biggest stories of the evening?
(1) Michael Jackson getting hosed pretty much across the board. Six nominations, but no Video of the Year win for “Thriller” (instead it went to The Cars’ “You Might Think”). It did get Best Choreography, though, so… there’s that.
… and that’s all we’ve got to say ’bout that.
We ♥ the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards.