This was nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards, but didn't win any (Video of the Year went to "Cryin'
" by Aerosmith). When the award for Best Direction went to R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts
," Adam Yauch (MCA) rushed the stage and got to the podium while Michael Stipe was getting his trophy. Yauch was in character as his alter ego Nathanial Hornblower, wearing a huge fake moustache and lederhosen.
This was the first such intrusion in the history of the show, pre-dating Kanye West's takeover of Taylor Swift's speech
by 15 years. Yauch's stunt was baffling, as only the biggest Beastie Boys fans were familiar with Nathanial Hornblower. He and the group suffered no fallout from it, as the network figured boys would be (Beastie) boys. They were given the Video Vanguard award in 1998.