Beck, Jamiroquai big winners at MTV Music Awards
September 5, 1997
Web posted at: 2:48 p.m. EDT (1848 GMT)
NEW YORK (CNN) -- The Rolling Stones, Sting and Bruce
Springsteen were at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday night;
the latter two even performed. But it was a couple of
relative newcomers to the music world who danced off with
almost half of the awards handed out there for the 14th
Annual MTV Video Music Awards.
Beck, with his difficult-to-pigeonhole music, took home five
of the strange silver-astronaut trophies. His awards
included best direction, best art direction and best
choreography in a video for "The New Pollution."
His video "Devil's Haircut" earned him the best editing award
and best male video. It was the second year in a row he won
best male video, an award which seemed to leave him
perplexed. "I keep getting this male thing. I don't know
what's up with that," he said.
Jamiroquai scores with 'Virtual Insanity'
The British ensemble Jamiroquai was the second
most-recognized artist at the ceremony. They won four
honors, including best video of the year for the ingeniously
crafted "Virtual Insanity," in which singer Jay Kay performed
in a room where the floors, walls and furniture all moved
The video, which was partially replicated in a live
performance at the awards ceremony, also earned the band
awards for best cinematography and best special effects, and
MTV's "Breakthrough Video" award.
Stars remember Diana
The celebrity turnout made it virtually inevitable that the
recent death of Princess Diana would be noted. Elton John,
in particular, announced a charitable donation in her name;
he will sing at her funeral on Saturday.
"I'd like to take a moment to tell everybody that MTV around
the world will be donating a portion of the proceeds from
tonight's event to the Princess Diana Memorial Fund," he
And, as they have since the car crash Sunday that took
Diana's life, celebrities spoke out against the tabloids --
and those who support them.
"It's time for us to take responsibility for our own
insatiable need to run after gossip and scandals and lies and
rumors," Madonna said.
"Until we change our behavior, tragedies like this will
continue to occur," she said, referring to the role paparazzi
may have played in the fatal accident.
Fallen artists also commemorated
The music world also had its share of losses to memorialize
in words and song. Rapper
singer Faith Evans were joined by Sting on their award-
winning song "I'll Be Missing You," which they revised from
Sting's "Every Breath You Take" as a tribute to the late
"The song don't make me feel sad; the song makes me feel
good. And I can just see him smiling, you know?" said Puff
Evans said the song was a way for her to express her feelings
about the artist's death.
"There's a lot of different emotions going on, with the loss
and having to be an artist and the mother of his son," she
said. "I'm kind of like, finding a way to turn it into a
The rapper -- his real name was Christopher Wallace -- was
gunned down in a drive-by shooting in March. Wallace's mother
accepted his award for best rap video, "Hypnotize."
MTV's trademark irreverence also surfaced
Not every speech was serious during the awards, which have
been marked for their artists' irreverence. Host Chris Rock
dissed the Spice Girls, Madonna dissed the paparazzi and the
censor developed a "bleep button" blister -- all in hour one
of the three-hour extravaganza.
Jewel won best female video and No Doubt won best group
video. No Doubt's lead singer, Gwen Stefani, received her
award by blurting out the f-word. Aerosmith won for rock
video, Sublime won for alternative video and Fiona Apple won
for new artist.
In the end, it was music that brought everybody together,
including Bruce Springsteen and the Wallflowers. Springsteen,
once dubbed "the next Bob Dylan," swapped vocals with Bob's
son Jakob on the Wallflowers' "One Headlight."
The night closed with a bizarre performance by Marilyn
Manson, who sported a leather corset and caused Rock to
rethink his relationship with God.
"Run to church right now!" Rock told the crowd.
Correspondent Mark Scheerer contributed to this report.