An iconic logo for the Video Music Awards.

For more than 30 years, the MTV Video Music Awards have produced some of TVs most memorable moments. Think Madonna and the wedding dress, Kanye vs Taylor Swift, Miley and the foam finger. 

In 2018, Champions worked with the in-house creative team to build the show’s first identity system. In 30 years, the VMAs had produced no less than 30 logos. Redesigning every year allowed the art to be on trend but forfeited brand recognition and often dissociated the show from the network. 

A successful system would celebrate MTV’s iconic network logo and forge a wholly-new, made-to-be-dynamic mark just for the VMAs.

No custom lettering was needed. The V and the A were pulled directly from the network’s iconic M. 

The Moonman went from launch video to trophy to key art. He floats to the right of the wordmark. His flagpole is planted in the ground of the baseline.

At the center of the VMA mark, the familiar MTV logo (circa 1980) comes alive to honor the best videos of the year.