Monday, August 29, 2005

MTV Video Music Awards 2005

Sunday night saw Miami host the MTV Video Music Awards 2005, one of the world's most high profile entertainment awards shows. The event was able to proceed after Hurricane Katrina blew through southern Florida during the previous days. One of the highlights of the popular music calendar, the VMAs - as they have come to be known - were established in 1984 by the recenty arrived MTV channel with the aim of celebrating the music videos of the year. The glamorous ceremony has been hosted in New York and Los Angeles as well as Miami in previous years, and following an experimental 'non-host' event last year the producers turned to Sean ('P. Diddy') Coombs to anchor the 2005 show. Awards were presented in a total of 21 categories, with vintage rockers Green Day receiving a total of seven 'moonmen' awards. These awards trophies are modelled on the figure of an astronaut on the moon, one of MTV's early logo motifs, hence the nickname Moon Mans. While the 2005 show has had its critics, it seems that with the introduction of the 'showbox' preshow arrival sequence, and the idea of a dedicated musical score for the event, MTV's Video Music Awards continue to raise the creative standards for major awards shows.

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