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MTV music awards rock New York

September 8, 1995

From Correspondent Mark Scheerer

NEW YORK (CNN) -- MTV's 12th Annual Video Music Awards were the main attraction in New York City Thursday night, and alternative rockers Weezer was the big winner. Special effects brought the band together with Richie and Fonzie and the gang at Arnold's in Milwaukee -- and the effort gave the band four awards for their song "Buddy Holly."

"Waterfalls," by TLC, won the best video award, best group video, and -- in voting by telephone -- the Viewer's Choice Award.

And Michael Jackson -- who performed live on the telecast -- also took home three awards, including best dance video, for his duet "Scream" with sister Janet.

"My favorite thing about doing the 'Scream' video was really an excuse to work with my sister Janet," Michael said.

Madonna's "Take a Bow" had her curtsying with a best female video trophy. Tom Petty took the best male video honors for "You Don't Know How It Feels." And the best new artist award went to South Carolinians Hootie and the Blowfish, who over the past year have rocketed from obscurity to ubiquity.

"Ten years, man. We've been a band ten years," said Darius Rucker, the group's founder and lead singer. "I've been sitting with these four guys for ten years and it feels good to still be together now and actually having people finally taking notice of what we do." (85K AIFF sound)

At Thursday night's show, the awards themselves sometimes took a backseat to people who made odd fashion statements -- or just odd statements.

"I'm hoping to get laid," R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe quipped as he arrived for the ceremonies.

It was live, it was spontaneous. It was rock and roll.



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