My Picks for the VMA’s 2016

The Video Music Awards are one of my favorite award shows because of the simple, yet complex fact that is one of the few ones that I still watch in its entirety live. Depending on what I have going on, sometimes I just watch the highlight on awards show the next day, or passively watch a show while I’m doing other things. However, with just how unpredictable celebrities are at the VMA’s, its a show I make sure to watch live. 

The VMA are voted on my fans, and below are my picks. For a lot of the categories, I could have picked multiple winner. But here are my initial, gut choices that just based off what I liked this year.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Adele – “Hello”

Beyoncé – “Formation”

Drake – “Hotline Bling”

Justin Bieber – “Sorry”

Kanye West – “Famous”

This was a hard, and a bit controversial choice for me to pick “Hotline Bling.”  I feel like “Formation” made such a statement about black lives. “Famous” was intersting artisically  because of how detailed the wax figures were. However, “Hotline Bling” as a music video was the best of the year to me. It was so meme-able and the colors were so vibrant, just judging as a music video this year, I would consider it the best.

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

Adele – “Hello”

Beyoncé – “Hold Up”

Sia – “Cheap Thrills”

Ariana Grande – “Into You”

Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” (short version)

When judging a music video, a lot of the times I’m judging how visually appealing it is.  And that yellow dress  in “Hold Up” is just a feast for the eyes man. I love vibrancy and great cinematography in a video, and while I thought “Into You” is a very pretty video, I think “Hold Up” is a better pick.

BEST MALE VIDEO

Drake – “Hotline Bling”

Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”

Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”

Kanye West – “Famous”

The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

You might wonder why picked “Famous” over “Hotline Bling,” since I already choose “Hotline Bling” as Video of The Year.  Just because you are selected Video of the Year doens’t mean you have to win all categories.  I choose “Famous” for best male video just because of the attention to detail on the wax figure, and the overall commentary on fame, which I felt matched well with the song.

BEST COLLABORATION

Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom”

Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Work From Home”

Ariana Grande ft. Lil Wayne – “Let Me Love You”

Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”

Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” (short version)

I liked that this dance song was set at a dance party. I think the environment of a hot, sweaty party defintely matched the song.

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO

Drake – “Hotline Bling”

Desiigner – “Panda”

Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”

Chance The Rapper ft. Saba – “Angels”

2 Chainz – “Watch Out”

I love Chance. I love the positive song. I love how this is the celebration of the video and is based on a mural in Chicago. Simple as that.

BEST POP VIDEO

Adele – “Hello”

Beyoncé – “Formation”

Justin Bieber – “Sorry”

Alessia Cara – “Wild Things”

Ariana Grande – “Into You”

Is “Formation” a pop song? No. But with the choreography and the various settings I would consider this the best pop video out of the choices.

BEST ROCK VIDEO

All Time Low – “Missing You”

Coldplay – “Adventure Of A Lifetime”

Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato – “Irresistible”

twenty one pilots – “Heathens”

Panic! At The Disco – “Victorious

I liked how the video was a nod to NSYNC’s “It’s Gonna Be Me.”  Also, the makeup is incredible.

BEST ELECTRONIC VIDEO

Calvin Harris & Disciples – “How Deep Is Your Love”

99 Souls ft. Destiny’s Child & Brandy – “The Girl Is Mine”

Mike Posner – “I Took A Pill In Ibiza”

Afrojack – “SummerThing!”

The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”

I just love the song. I think its cool in the video how she wakes up in different scenarios.  I feel like being caught up in the music is something that definitely happens with dance and electronic music, so I think its a good fit.

BREAKTHROUGH LONG FORM VIDEO

Florence + The Machine – The Odyssey

Beyoncé – Lemonade

Justin Bieber – PURPOSE: The Movement

Chris Brown – Royalty

Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy

There is obviously no question about it. Although she did a visual album before with “Beyonce” I fee like I enjoyed that this long form video told a cohesive story from beginning to end.

BEST NEW ARTIST

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Bryson Tiller

Desiigner

Zara Larsson

Lukas Graham

DNCE

I love “TRAP SOUL” and the visuals that he put out for the album. If his wins at the BET awards are any indication, he will be taking this one home.

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