Grammys vs. VMA’s
The Grammys and MTV's Video Music Awards don't agree on much. The two music award shows have given their top award to same work just once, in 2005 when Green Day's "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" won both a Grammy for Record of the Year and a VMA for Music Video of the Year.
The Grammys are voted on by music professionals who tend to be older and established in their careers. The VMA's are voted on by fans, who tend to be younger. Green Day's power ballad appealed to both constituencies. It's melodic and poignant, qualities that Grammy voters respond to, but at the same time has crunching power chords, which made it VMA-friendly.
Since the two award shows almost always disagree on their top award, I thought it would be fun to go back and compare their top choices in the 28 years since the VMA's originated. Which show "got it right" more often? Of course, this is just my opinion. I doubt anybody out there would agree with me in all 28 "showdowns." I hope you play along and make your own decisions about which show got it right more often.
You can vote strictly on which song you like better, or you can take other factors into account. I bet even some Grammy voters thought Don Henley's The Boys Of Summer" was a superior record to USA for Africa's "We Are The World," but they were swayed by the social import of the latter record (and maybe dazzled by the star power).
When I'm done, I'll tote up the results and tell you which show, in my opinion, got it right more often. You should do the same on your end.
Neither show has a monopoly on getting it right. I'm sure even top executives at the Recording Academy would acknowledge that some of the VMA choices are better than theirs. And I think top executives at MTV would make the same acknowledgment about some of the Grammy choices.
For the record (pun intended), the Grammy for Record of the Year recognizes a recording, while the VMA for Video of the Year acknowledges a video. If the VMA's had a Single of the Year category, the winner in some years would probably be different. In the showdowns, I focused on the recordings, not the videos.
Also the eligibility periods for the two shows are different. In some years, these winners went head-to-head in both competitions. In others, they fell into different eligibility years.