MTV VMAs By The Numbers
Numbers don’t lie.
With the MTV VMAs around the corner, numbers play a bigger role with the show than you might think. Questions like, “Who has the most nods?” “Who’s won the most Moonmen?” “How many performances will there be?” can help you school your friends this Sunday and own the Twitter conversation happening in real time.
It’s a numbers game, and the numbers provide us with new information on our favorite artists, music videos, and the award show itself. Want to know how many views each “Video of the Year” nominee has, or how many dancers Pharrell recruited for the “Happy” video? We’ve got you covered.
So go forth and learn more about the famous MTV event and make sure to catch the show August 24 at 9/8c hosted at the legendary Forum in Inglewood, California.
31: Total # of Awards
The first ever VMA show took place in NYC in 1984, hosted by Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler. Since then the show has grown to be one of the most popular music awards to date, and is conceived as an alternative to the Grammys. Last year the show made its first appearance in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center and this year they gear up to make their debut at the legendary Forum in Inglewood, California for their 31st award show.
62: Total # of Artists Nominated
The nominee list is jam-packed with artists ranging from veterans to rookies. The most talked about artists are Beyoncé, who is leading the list with eight nods and rookie rapper Iggy Azalea, who is right behind Queen Bey with seven. The two will go head-to-head against each other in “Video of the Year,” “Best Female Video” and “Best Collaboration.” Reigning champ, or new challenger? Ultimately, the fans will decide.
1.6 Billion: Number of Views All “Video of the Year” Nominees Have Combined
Beyoncé “Drunk in Love” 200.7M
Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” 696.9M
Sia “Chandelier” 124.3M
It isn’t easy to earn a nomination for “Video of the Year,” but this year's crop represent a group of artists who made it look like a cake walk. The views for each are stacked, and we'd bet replays contributed a good portion of them. Miley Cyrus' now-iconic “Wrecking Ball” video leads the pack with a staggering 690.1 million, and Pharrell Williams comes in second with 364.3 million. Will these contribute to their chances of winning? We’ll just have to wait and see August 24.
100 Million+: Number of People Following the VMA Performers on Twitter
Ariana Grande 17.6M
Taylor Swift 42.8M
Iggy Azalea 2.1M
Nicki Minaj 17.9M
5th Harmony 1.4M
Total: 109.2 million
Altogether over 100 million people follow these three musical acts on Twitter. Thats more people than the population of many countries around the world. Are we surprised? Not at all. Ariana Grande has been dishing out #1 hit singles since her big debut last year; Nicki Minaj is the undisputed queen of hip-hop, Usher and Bey have been topping charts for over a decade now; and 5 Seconds of Summer, Iggy Azalea, and 5th Harmony are on the way to becoming the leaders of the new school in the music scene. It won’t come as a surprise if they are all trending worldwide come Sunday, August 24.
260: Number of Outfits Worn in Iggy Azalea's “Fancy” Video
Video of the Year nominee “Fancy” is one of the most talked about videos of the year. Not just because it’s the #1 song in the country but because it brought back the best part of the popular '90s teen movie Clueless: the fashion! Stylist Alejandra Hernandez is the mastermind behind the video's looks and put together a total of over 260 outfits for Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, and all of the background dancers and bystanders. She also custom made "Cher" and "Dionne's" suits, and her cousin, an LA-based hat-maker famous for creating Lady Gaga's meat dress, created Dionne's hat. Check out our interview with Hernandez here.
17,505: Capacity at The Forum
The historic Forum in Inglewood, California, is hosting the VMAs this year making it the first major awards show ever at the venue. With its incomparable legacy as a world-class music venue, the Forum is one of Southern California’s most iconic entertainment landmarks. The Forum has hosted some of the most legendary musical artists and performances ever seen like The Jackson 5, Led Zeppelin, Barbra Streisand, the Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Foo Fighters, and more. With 17,505 screaming fans in the audience it could make for the best VMAs to date.
5: Total # of Cities That Have Hosted the VMAs
LA: 13 times
NY: 15 times
Las Vegas: once
As we’ve stated earlier, this will be the 31st annual MTV VMA awards show. MTV tends to go back and forth between L.A. and N.Y. as the host city for their show, so it’s only right to tally up the numbers and discover who’s held the most. And the winner goes to…The Big Apple, hosting the show 15 times! LA is close behind with 13, Miami, Las Vegas, and this year’s host Inglewood all tie with one a piece.
70: Number of Dancers in the “Happy” Video
Pharrell Williams created one of the biggest videos of the year, and perhaps of all time. Taking music videos to a whole new level of greatness, Pharrell created a 24-hour music video for his hit single “Happy.” The premise of the video follows Pharrell and a countless number of dancers, celebrities, and fans as they shake it around LA for the entire day with “Happy” on loop. Altogether there were 70 total dancers in the video. Scratch that, 71 if you include Skateboard P.
10: The Greatest Number of Moonmen Won By An Artist in a Single Night
What’s cooler than winning a Moonman at the VMAs? Winning 10 Moonmen at the VMAs, and Peter Gabriel did just that. Nominated for his music video “Sledgehammer” at the 1987 VMAs, Gabriel took home 10 awards including the prestigious “Video Vanguard Award.”
Now he might have the record for wins in a single night, but Madonna holds the record for most Moonmen won ever! She’s won awards for many of her popular videos to date including “Vogue” “Express Yourself” “Ray of Light” “Rain” and others. Her total count to date? 20! Wonder where she keeps them all, sounds like her fireplace mantle might be pretty full at this point.
16/46: Number of Females/Males Nominated
Now the men might out number the women for nominations but five out of the seven nominees for “Video of the Year” are women. So who’s really the winner here?
12.4 Million: Number of Viewers at the Most-Viewed VMA Show Ever
Definitely one of the most memorable VMAs to date, the 2011 show kept our eyes glued to the TV and our butts in our seats. Hosted at the Nokia Theatre in L.A., the night was chock full of historical moments including the Britney Spears tribute, the Thrones' (Jay Z and Kanye West) “Otis” performance, Beyoncé’s pregnancy reveal and “Love on Top” performance, and the Amy Winehouse tribute. The show reached 12.4 million viewerss making it the most-viewed VMA show ever.
4: Number of VMAs without a Host
It’s popular for most award shows to have a host, but sometimes MTV switches it up and doesn’t elect anyone. Sometimes the atmosphere, performances, and celebrity presenters are enough to carry the show. Like we’ve stated previously, the 2011 VMAs racked up the most viewers ever with 12.4 million and there wasn’t a host. Numbers don’t lie.
August 21, 2014 via Pepsi