MTV aired the first Video Music Awards on September 14, 1984. It was hosted by Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Cyndi Lauper had the most nominations (9). Herbie Hancock won the most awards (5). But the most important award, Video of the Year, went to The Cars.
The video for “You Might Think” was one of the first to use computer graphics. The video features lead singer Ric Ocasek pursuing model Susan Gallagher in a series of surreal encounters. Ocasek appears as a fly, as Gallagher’s lipstick, and as an homage to an iconic primate on top of the Empire State Building. It’s part Kafka, part King Kong, all Cars.
In addition to winning the first MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, “You Might Think” was nominated for five more awards (best special effects, best art direction, viewer’s choice, best concept video, and most experimental video) in 1984. It was also one of their all-time highest-charting singles.