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The Most Nonsense VMA Categories Of All Time

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    The MTV VMAs are not a subtle awards show. The network has brought us some of the most spectacular, over the top, memorable music performances and awards show moments on television, since their launch way back in 1984.

    For the first 20 years of the event, they stuck to handing out Moonmen to artists for very straightforward categories like Video of the Year, Best New Artist in a Video, Best Direction in a Video and so on. They wanted to be legit, like the Oscars and the Grammys. But in 2005, something shifted.

    Maybe it was the hurricane that hit the show that year, it's second year in Miami. Maybe it was the rapidly shifting evolution of digital culture encroaching on how we consumed music. Or maybe the producers were just feeling frisky. But that year ushered in a 10-year streak of the show introducing new categories of awards, some of which so quickly became irrelevant that they lasted for only one year (Best Ringtone, we mean you).

    Click through for a list of the strangest awards for which the VMAs have given out Moonmen.

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    Best Video Game Soundtrack, 2005
    Winner: Dance Dance Revolution Extreme (Konami)

    Video games are not music videos, MTV. Their soundtracks certainly deserve an award...but from the video game industry. Stay in your lane.

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    Best Video Game Score, 2006
    Winner: Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Composer: Jeremy Soule)

    Slight tweak to the award name, from soundtrack to score, as you can see but what do the VMAs know about scores? There is a reason they don't give out film or TV score awards. They should probably apply the same logic to video games.

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    Ringtone of the Year, 2006
    Winner: Fort Minor (featuring Holly Brook) – "Where'd You Go"

    Ah, remember when we used to pay for songs as ringtones? That was fun.

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    Most Earthshattering Collaboration, 2007
    Winner: Beyoncé and Shakira — "Beautiful Liar"

    This is a nonsense award that has no meaning. Also we could argue that this also wasn't even the most earth-shattering collaboration nominated.