25 Fun Facts You May Not Know About MTV And Its History

Since it’s debut in 1984, MTV has continued to lead pop-culture media as well as maintain a strong hold over the young adult demographic. Although it has since moved away from the music-related content that it began with, the channel still boasts a wide array of shows including game shows, reality television, and award shows such as the VMA’s and MTV Movie Awards. So whether you are somebody who watched the music videos as a kid, or someone who only tunes in to catch the newest episode of Teen Wolf, here are 25 Fun Facts You May Not Know About MTV And Its History .


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The footage of the original MTV opening sequence was taken from the first launch of the space shuttle Columbia and the Apollo 11 moon mission. This footage was used until early 1986, when it was scrapped following the failed Challenger launch that resulted in the deaths of seven astronauts.

columbiaSource: http://ppcorn.com/ Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Space_Shuttle_Columbia_launching.jpg

While music videos have been around since the invention of film, there is no doubting that MTV helped to mold the medium into what we know today. MTV made music videos accessible and popular to a mainstream demographic, ensuring their place in our 21st century media.

25 Things You Should Know About MTVSource: http://theweek.com/ Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Giulietta_Pixelated_music_video_3.jpg

Everybody loves to talk about the VMA's; however, over the years MTV has been quite successful with their Movie Awards as well. With winners being awarded a "golden popcorn," the most successful contender has been Jim Carrey, who has received 10 awards to date and always manages to make a show in his appearances.

jimcarreySource: http://www.mtv.com/ Image: Insomnia Cured Here via https://www.flickr.com/photos/tom-margie/2079118961

One of the most successful music videos featured at the VMA's has been Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer; this stop-motion pioneering video took home a record-breaking nine awards, has been called the #1 music video played at the VMA's, and remains the most played music video in the history of MTV.

Peter GabrielSource: http://entertainment.time.com/ Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Gabriel

MTV reaches over 387 million households across the whole world, and it is the #1 media brand on planet Earth. It is also the most recognizable network among young adults ages 12 to 34, which makes up its primary demographic.

family watching tvSource: http://www.parentstv.org/ Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Family_watching_television_1958.jpg

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