In his acceptance speech, frontman Dave Grohl thanked Joel Schumacher, the director of the Michael Douglas drama Falling Down that is referenced in the "Walk" clip. And perhaps in a nod to MTV's general disinterest in rock artists, Grohl told the crowd, "Never lose faith in real rock and roll music, you know what I mean? Never lose faith in that. You might have to look a little harder, but it's always going to be there."
This is Foo Fighters' second VMA award. (They won the Best Group Award back in 1996 for "Big Me.") Interestingly, this is the fifth time they've been up for Best Rock Video. This year they beat out a field in which they were easily the most veteran unit, what with the likes of Foster the People and the Black Keys squaring off against them. In fact, none of their competitors were even around the last time the Foo Fighters won a VMA. Considering how much MTV always loves touting the next new thing, it's kind of nice to see some old pros walk away the winners.
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