BetteBack: Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler host MTV’s first annual video awards show

MTV to broadcast video music awards show
Friday, Sept. 14,1984

Rock videos will be honored during the live telecast tonight of the “First Annual MTV Video Music Awards.” The ceremony begins at 9 p.m. on cable MTV and will feature live performances by musical groups as well as spotlighting the. year in video music, special effects and the making of rock videos.

Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd will host the MtV event.

Major categories and nominees are:

Best Video: “You Might Think” (the Cars); “Rockit” (Herbie Hancock); “Thriller” (Michael Jackson); “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (CyndiLauper); “Every Breath You Take” (the Police).

Male Video: David Bowie; Herbie Hancock; Michael Jackson; Billy Joel; Lionel Richie.

Female Video: Pat Benatar; Cyndi Lauper; Bette Midler; Donna Summer.

Group Video: Huey Lewis and the News; the Police; Van Halen; ZZ Top.

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