Famous Faces at the 1999 MTV Music Awards in Dublin from Britney to Eminem
Take a trip to the late 90s when Dublin hosted the MTV Music Awards.
The venue chosen to host the event on November 11, 1999 was The Point – which has gone through various name changes over the years, but many of us in certain eras still affectionately call it by its original name.
It’s no surprise that this was a star studded occasion with big names of the day like Britney Spears and Whitney Houston arriving in the capital to attend the awards show. Of course, there was also our own local talent including Boyzone, Westlife and U2.
Take a look at the selection of photos we discovered from the night and think back to their 1999 hits.
The pop princess releases her iconic album Baby one more time filled with success in January 1999 and changed pop music forever. On the night of the awards ceremony in Dublin, she won four awards for “Best Pop”, “Best Woman”, “Best Revolutionary Artist” and “Best Song”. Those lucky enough to attend got to see Britney perform ‘(You Drive Me) Crazy’ as well as the beloved classic ‘Baby One More Time’.
The Venga boys
When you think of the Venga Boys, a specific phrase comes to mind for those who grew up in the 90s – “I want you in my room”. In 1999, the Dutch group Eurodance released their second album, The party album which included their hit “Boom Boom Boom Boom”. They had been nominated in the “Breakthrough Artist” category but lost to Britney overnight.
Eminem took first place in “Best Hip-Hop” at The Point, beating strong contenders such as Busta Rhymes and Beastie Boys. In 1999 the infamous rapper released ‘My Name Is’ which was the most successful song on his 1999 album. The Slim Shady LP.
Fresh off the scene in the late 90s, our own Westlife was nominated for ‘Best Revolutionary Artist’, which went to Ms. Spears. Fans of the boyband will fondly remember 1999 as the year their album Westlife has been performed in many rooms with hits like “Flying Without Wings” and “If I Let You Go”. They really knew how to pull on the tender cords of teenage girls.
1999 was a momentous year for absolute pop hits and Christina Aguilera didn’t let us down by bringing “Genie in a Bottle” to the table. Not only was Christina a beloved member of the ’90s pop scene, she was also a fashion icon of the era with her iconic belly tops that she wore at night in Dublin.
The British band released the album Steptacular in the last year of the 90s with hits like “After The Love Has Gone” and “Love’s Got a Hold On My Heart”. It’s safe to say this was the decade of the glory days for pop groups and their fans.
Boyzone was another successful local boy band who attended the ceremony in the capital. The group won two awards in the evening winning “Best Album” with a compilation of their greatest hits. On demand and ‘Best British and Irish Law’. Die-hard fans of the band will remember 1999 as the year “When the Going Gets Tough” and “Everyday I Love You” aired.
Whitney Houston attended the MTV Awards in Dublin with Bobby Brown. The singer and actress won the award for “Best R&B” in the evening along with other nominees in the category, including Lauryn Hill and Jennifer Lopez. In 1999, the world was treated to “My love is your love” and “I learned from the best”.
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