In case you decided to watch the closing ceremonies of the Olympics or perhaps CNN's pre-Republican National Convention coverage instead of the VMAs last night, fear not. Not only will we provide you with the complete list of winners so you can still argue around the water cooler about who should have won what and why, but I think it's safe to say that you'll have ample opportunities over the next few weeks to catch re-broadcasts of the event. Taking place for the first time in Miami, The 2004 VMAs were the pop-culture love-a-thon we've all come to expect from MTV's annual celebration of the music video. Outkast and Jay-Z each took home four Moonmen, while, more importantly for our audience, Jet nabbed the award for best rock video, Maroon 5 won for best new artist, Yellowcard took home the MTV2 award and Franz Ferdinand received the breakthrough video award.
Rather than getting into a diatribe on how these awards aren't about the music anymore at all, how they barely even pretend to be, and how major label artists shouldn't win the MTV2 award, amongst other things I get pissy about when watching these award shows, I'll just give you the full list of winners. Enjoy.
Video of the year: OutKast - "Hey Ya!"
Best pop video: No Doubt - "It's My Life"
Best rap video: Jay-Z - "99 Problems"
Best female video: Beyonce - "Naughty Girl"
Best male video: Usher featuring Lil' Jon & Ludacris - "Yeah!"
Best R&B video: Alicia Keys - "If I Ain't Got You"
Best rock video: Jet - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
Breakthrough video: Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out"
Best director: Mark Romanek - "99 Problems"
Best special Effects: OutKast - "Hey Ya!"
Best art direction: OutKast - Hey Ya!"
Best editing: Jay-Z - "99 Problems"
Best cinematography: Jay-Z - "99 Problems"
Best choreography: Black Eyed Peas - "Hey Mama"
Best dance video: Usher, featuring Lil' Jon & Ludacris - "Yeah!"
Best hip-hop video: OutKast - "Hey Ya!"
Best group video: No Doubt - "It's My Life"
Best new artist in a video: Maroon 5 - "This Love"
MTV2 award: Yellowcard - "Ocean Avenue"
Viewer's Choice: Linkin Park - "Breaking the Habit"