Beyoncé - "Drunk In Love" Video

There weren’t exactly a ton of iconic, widely seen music videos this past year, and even if there were, it probably wouldn’t matter, since MTV gave its Video Of The Year to Justin Timberlake’s totally undistinguished “Mirrors” video last year. Nonetheless, the former music-video giant has done its best to round up some big videos for this year’s VMAs. The network announced this year’s nominees on Snapchat this morning, which is a ridiculous thing to do, and it will probably not shock you to learn that Beyoncé led the pack with eight nominations. Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, Lorde, DJ Snake & Lil Jon, and Sia are also up for a bunch of awards. It would be great if someone would explain to me why “Drunk In Love” is up for Video Of The Year while “Partition” is up for Best Female Video, or what Lorde’s “Royals” is doing in the Best Rock Video category. We’ve got the complete list of nominees below.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” (Feat. Jay Z)
Iggy Azalea – “Fancy” (Feat. Charli XCX)
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
Pharrell – “Happy”
Sia – “Chandelier”

BEST MALE VIDEO:
Ed Sheeran – “Sing” (Feat. Pharrell)
Eminem – “The Monster” (Feat. Rihanna)
John Legend – “All Of Me”
Pharrell – “Happy”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO:
Ariana Grande – “Problem” (Feat. Iggy Azalea)
Beyoncé – “Partition”
Iggy Azalea – “Fancy” (Feat. Charli XCX)
Katy Perry – “Dark Horse” (Feat. Juicy J)
Lorde – “Royals”

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO:
Childish Gambino – “3005″
Drake – “Hold On (We’re Going Home)” (Feat. Majid Jordan)
Eminem – “Berzerk”
Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”
Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”

BEST POP VIDEO:
Ariana Grande – “Problem” (Feat. Iggy Azalea)
Avicii – “Wake Me Up” (Feat. Aloe Blacc)
Iggy Azalea – “Fancy” (Feat. Charli XCX)
Jason Derulo – “Talk Dirty” (Feat. 2 Chainz)
Pharrell – “Happy”

BEST ROCK VIDEO:
Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know?”
The Black Keys – “Fever”
Imagine Dragons – “Demons”
Linkin Park – “Until It’s Gone”
Lorde – “Royals”

ARTIST TO WATCH:
5 Seconds Of Summer – “She Looks So Perfect”
Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”
Fifth Harmony – “Miss Movin On”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
Schoolboy Q – “Man Of The Year”

BEST COLLABORATION:
Ariana Grande – “Problem” (Feat. Iggy Azalea)
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” (Feat. Jay Z)
Chris Brown – “Loyal” (Feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga)
Eminem – “The Monster” (Feat. Rihanna)
Katy Perry – “Dark Horse (Feat. Juicy J)
Pitbull – “Timber” (Feat. Ke$ha)

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD:
Calvin Harris – “Summer”
Disclosure – “Grab Her!”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Martin Garrix – “Animals”
Zedd – “Stay The Night” (Feat. Hayley Williams)

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE:
Angel Haze – “Battle Cry” (Feat. Sia)
Avicii – “Hey Brother”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
David Guetta – “One Voice” (Feat. Mikky Ekko)
J. Cole – “Crooked Smile” (Feat. TLC)
Kelly Rowland – “Dirty Laundry”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Thirty Seconds To Mars – “City Of Angels”
Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Gestaffelstein – “Hate Or Glory”
Lana Del Rey – “West Coast”

BEST EDITING:
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Fitz And The Tantrums – “The Walker”
MGMT – “Your Life Is A Lie”
Zedd – “Stay The Night” (Feat. Hayley Williams)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY:
Beyoncé – “Partition”
Jason Derulo – “Talk Dirty” (Feat. 2 Chainz)
Kiesza – “Hideaway”
Michael Jackson – “Love Never Felt So Good” (Feat. Justin Timberlake)
Sia – “Chandelier”
Usher – “Good Kisser”

BEST DIRECTION:
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Eminem – “The Monster” (Feat. Rihanna)
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
OK Go – “The Writing’s On The Wall”

BEST ART DIRECTION:
Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Iggy Azalea – “Fancy” (Feat. Charli XCX)
Tyler, The Creator – “Tamale”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
Disclosure – “Grab Her!”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Jack White – “Lazaretto”
OK Go – “The Writing’s On The Wall”

The show airs 8/24 on MTV.

Comments (19)
  1. Damn….I really am first responder a ton this week. Perhaps I should get to work?

    That being said…

    Looking at those nominees really brings into sharp focus just how bad the state of pop music is. You can see the MTV nominations that are complete “bone throws” to critically acclaimed artsts. But they stand out like a diamond in a goats ass next to the rest of that claptrap.

    • Soooooo, you don’t like Beyonce?

      • I really don’t (and I know I’m risking an air strike). I don’t get what all the fuss is about. Sounds like standard dance along R&B to me. Weird how all the successful women in that genre are GORGEOUS.
        So strange that incredible talent and stunning good looks always come in the same package.

    • Agree 100%, pop music today sucks. And when I say pop music I don’t mean all music that could be considered pop, I mean the big business music products that are being sold to the masses today. As much as I’ve tried I’ve never been able to find the redeeming qualities of these Beyonces or Justin Timberlakes or Lana Del Reys that are being aggressively sold to us by record labels and the likes of Rolling Stone or Pitchfork or Stereogum. It’s all bullshit and it’s all about selling a product to whoever turns out to be willing to buy it.

      • I agree with most of what you said other than Lana Del Rey. Her music really has substance and in NOT your typical “pop” at all. And this is coming from someone that listens to mostly underground music, especially the hard stuff. Her CD is really good.

  2. What in the hell is a music video?

    • Sigh. Music videos are more popular and more widely seen than ever before.

      • Oh please…What?.. You gonna sell me on the Easter bunny next *smh*

        • Uh no, it’s absolutely true. Even at it’s peak, the MTV that played videos was a niche cable channel with low ratings (which is why it eventually started showing other content). Nowadays, music videos rack up huge views online, and are more powerful than radio when it comes to breaking new bands and songs.

          Need evidence? Check out the top 100 most watched youtube videos of all time- almost all of them are music videos.

  3. V.ery
    M.ediocre
    A.wards

  4. Happy that Arcade Fire, Gesaffelstein and Disclosure all got nods, despite detesting this ridiculous excuse for an award.

  5. Every attempt to respect these awards in any kind of level, goes far, far, far away when you read the list of nominees and find this:

    BEST MALE VIDEO:
    Ed Sheeran – “Sing” (Feat. Pharrell).

  6. …but it’s not about the videos or the music for that matter it’s just simply about the pop.

  7. Wow, all mainstream artists, no surprise, and the same videos over and over again. No mention of one of the top independent sellers or the video for “Fragile” by Tech N9ne which was all over the place. Sad. Go back to what you do best, promoting pregnant teens and showing shows about catfishing.

  8. Does anyone just feel like Beyonce should be nominated for everything? Her whole album was a music video.

  9. I can’t describe the rollercoaster of emotions upon seeing that there is “Video With a Social Message” category but then seeing that Macklemore is in no way involved.

    It’s not all bad, guys.

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