The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 to celebrate the best in music video. Since that time the event has emerged as one of the three most important pop music awards ceremonies in the US.
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony took place Sunday, September 13, 2009. The show was broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Sunday, September 13, 2009 beginning at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.
Comedian Russell Brand hosted the ceremonies. Special presentations of trailers for the Michael Jackson: This Is It and Twilight: New Moon movies took place. Janet Jackson performed in a tribute to her late brother Michael Jackson.
A significant controversy in the night occurred when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's award acceptance speech for Best Female Video. A wide variety of those in attendance and elsewhere headed to Twitter to express their opinion of the events.
- Video of the Year - Beyonce - "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)"
- Best Male Video - T.I. featuring Rihanna - "Live Your Life"
- Best Female Video - Taylor Swift - "You Belong With Me"
- Best New Artist - Lady GaGa - "Poker Face"
- Best Pop Video - Britney Spears - "Womanizer"
- Best Rock Video - Green Day - "21 Guns"
- Best Hip-Hop Video - Eminem - "We Made You"
- Breakthrough Video - Matt and Kim - "Lessons Learned"
- Best Direction in a Video - Marc Webb for Green Day - "21 Guns"
- Best Choreography in a Video - Frank Gatson and JaQuel Knight for Beyonce - "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)"
- Best Special Effects in a Video - Chimney Pot for Lady GaGa - "Paparazzi"
- Best Art Direction in a Video - Jason Hamilton for Lady GaGa - "Paparazzi"
- Best Editing in a Video - Jarrett Fijal for Beyonce - "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)"
- Best Cinematography in a Video - Jonathan Sela for Green Day - "21 Guns"
- Best Video (That Should Have Won a Moonman) - Beastie Boys - "Sabotage"
- Best Performance in a Pepsi Rock Band Video - Nerds in Disguise - "My Own Worst Enemy"
- Best Breakout New York City Artist Award - The Shells
Complete list of nominees in all categories.
Live Performers at the Awards
- Jay-Z with Alicia Keys
- Green Day
- Lady GaGa
- Taylor Swift
- Kid Cudi
- All-American Rejects
Presenters at the Awards
- Megan Fox
- Jimmy Fallon
- Jennifer Lopez
- 50 Cent
- Jack Black
- Andy Samberg
- Kristin Cavallari
- Pete Wentz
- Gerard Butler
- Tracy Morgan
- Adam Brody
- Jamie-Lynn Sigler
- Alexa Chung
- Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship
- Justin Bieber
- Nelly Furtado
- Robert Pattinson
- Kristen Stewart
- Taylor Lautner
- Chace Crawford
- Leighton Meester
- Miranda Cosgrove