VMA Video Of The Year Winners Year By Year

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With the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards just days away, we’re starting to get really excited.

This year’s Video of the Year race has to be one of the most unpredictable in recent memory. Let’s be real for a second: There were a bunch of great videos last year too, but Lady Gaga’s iconic “Bad Romance” clip kind of had it in the bag from the get-go, right? But this year, everybody is bringing something so different to the table that we have no idea which way it will go!

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite at the VMAs’ website. We have to admit, it was darn near impossible to choose between Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” the Beastie Boys’ “Make Some Noise,” Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Tyler, The Creator’s “Yonkers.” Somehow we made a decision and now it’s your turn!

To give you a little perspective on just how good a video has to be to capture this prize, we’ve listed all of the winners of the VMA Video of the Year after the jump. We’ve included a few of the videos too! Check them out so you make an informed decision who to support this year. This is history-making stuff, people!

MTV Video Music Award Video of the Year Winners 1984 to Present:

>>> 1984: The Cars — “You Might Think”

>>> 1985: Don Henley — “The Boys of Summer”

>>> 1986: Dire Straits — “Money for Nothing”

>>> 1987: Peter Gabriel — “Sledgehammer”

>>> 1988: INXS — “Need You Tonight/Mediate”

>>> 1989: Neil Young — “This Note’s for You”

>>> 1990: Sinéad O’Connor — “Nothing Compares 2 U”

>>> 1991: R.E.M. — “Losing My Religion”

>>> 1992: Van Halen — “Right Now”

>>> 1993: Pearl Jam — “Jeremy”

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>>> 1994: Aerosmith — “Cryin’”

>>> 1995: TLC — “Waterfalls”

>>> 1996: The Smashing Pumpkins — “Tonight, Tonight”

>>> 1997: Jamiroquai — “Virtual Insanity”

>>> 1998: Madonna — “Ray of Light”

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>>> 1999: Lauryn Hill — “Doo Wop (That Thing)”

>>> 2000: Eminem — “The Real Slim Shady”

>>> 2001: Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mýa and Pink — “Lady Marmalade”

>>> 2002: Eminem — “Without Me”

>>> 2003: Missy Elliott — “Work It”

>>> 2004: OutKast — “Hey Ya!”

>>> 2005: Green Day — “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”

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>>> 2006: Panic! at the Disco — “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”

>>> 2007: Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z) — “Umbrella”

>>> 2008: Britney Spears — “Piece of Me”

>>> 2009: Beyoncé — “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

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>>> 2010: Lady Gaga — “Bad Romance”