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Madonna’s ‘Make My Video’ MTV Contest Winner, 30 Years Later

Thirty years ago, MTV actually played music videos. And the network played a lot of Madonna videos. So many, in fact, that it devoted an entire day - Oct. 30, 1986, also known as 'Blue Thursday' - to Madge’s 'Make My Video' contest, running a marathon of fan-made 'True Blue' music videos that ranged from semi-professional film-school projects to amusingly amateurish camcorder clips of tots in ballet-recital tutus or tweens in Desperately Seeking Susan lace hair-bows lip-synching into hairbrushes.

A week earlier, the top 10 contest entries even took over the cable channel’s regular Dial MTV countdown show, and one of those contenders - a sepia-toned depiction of ‘60s malt-shop romance, lensed by Venezuela-born, Miami-based college student Angel Gracia on a $600 budget - won the $25,000 grand prize, and became the official video for 'True Blue' in the States. And MTV history was made.

'It’s a bit shocking, actually. S—, I’m getting old,' Gracia laughingly tells Yahoo Music when he realizes he won the 'Make My Video' contest three whole decades ago, when he was just 21. Gracia credits 'True Blue' with launching his legitimate film career, which has included shooting commercials and even working with Ridley Scott. But he recalls that his video almost didn’t make it past MTV’s submission process at all.

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