The music industry is still mourning the deaths of pair, who died three months apart in early 2016. The 2016 MTV VMAs aired live Sunday from Madison Square Garden and featured a number of standout performances, with everyone from Rihanna to Beyoncé taking the stage. And yet, as many fans pointed out via social media, the show didn't—but should have—included tributes to Bowie and Prince. After all, the singers were two of the most influential visual artists of all time.
Not to mention, Bowie and Prince both won multiple VMAs in their heydays.
Bowie was nominated 10 times between 1984 and 2016. His first win came in 1984, when the rock star took home Best Male Video for "China Girl" and the Video Vanguard Award. In 1986, Bowie was recognized for Best Overall Performance in a Video for "Dancing in the Street."
The singer was posthumously nominated four times in 2016—more times than he'd ever been in a single year. "Lazarus" was up for Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography, but it lost to Beyoncé's "Formation"; director Melina Matsoukas, director of photography Malik Sayeed and editor by Jeff Selis walked away with the Moonman trophies. Bowie's "Blackstar" won the award for Best Art Direction, though credit was given to art director Jan Houllevigue.