MTV VMAs: Who Should've Been Nominated
  • TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

  • Posted by: Zoe Marquedant

MTV has long ceased being a dependable source for music videos; now you're more likely to find pregnant teens and all other forms of reality TV than music in any form. However MTV continues to hold their annual Video Music Awards and hand out those little spaceman trophies as if they're still an authority (that's a separate conversation). The list usually consists of Top 40s pop acts and boy bands. This year's nominations show no change; Selena Gomez beat out Lana Del Ray for a bid as Best Female, someone invited Chris Brown and Katy Perry has four nominations -- Jack White has one. If I were the one handing out the awards the nominations would be drastically different.

Our suggestions for nominations:

Video of the Year
1. "Simple Song" by The Shins
2. "Hey Jane" by Spiritualized
3. "Octopus" by Bloc Party
4. "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men
5. "The Fox" by Niki & The Dove

Best New Artist
1. "Sweet Life" by Frank Ocean
2. "Freedom at 21" by Jack White
3. "Storm" by Django Django
4. "212" by Azalea Banks
5. "Hold On" by Alabama Shakes

Best Hip-hop Video
1. "Hands on the Wheel" by Schoolboy Q
2. "Heartbeat" by Child Gambino
3. "Sam is Dead" by Tyler, The Creator And Domo Genesis
4. "Daughters" by Nas
5. "Goldie" by A$AP Rocky

Best Male Video
1. "I'm Getting Ready" by Michael Kiwanuka
2. "Give It Away" by Andrew Bird
3. "Bird on the Buffalo" by Angus Stone
4. "Is Anybody Out There" by K'naan
5. "11-17" by Kevin Devine

Best Female Video
1. "Oblivion" by Grimes
2. "National Anthem" by Lana Del Ray
3. "Bad Girls" by MIA
4. "Want It Back" by Amanda Palmer & The Grand Thief Orchestra
5. "Boyfriend" by Justin Bieber

Best Pop Video
1. "Songs About Your Girlfriend" by Los Campesinos
2. "Everybody Talks" by Neon Trees
3. "Compromising Me" by William Beckett
4. "Drunk" by Ed Sheeran
5. "Some Nights" by fun.

Best Rock Video
1. "R U Mine" by The Arctic Monkeys
2. "Gold on the Ceiling" by The Black Keys
3. "Runaways" by The Killers
4. "Handwritten" by The Gaslight Anthem
5. "Go Right Ahead" by The Hives

Best Electronic Dance Video
1. "The Puritan" by Blur
2. "True Thrush" by Dan Deacon
3. "Fineshine" by Purity Ring
4. "Feel So Close" by Calvin Harris
5. "Comeback Kid" by Sleigh Bells

Best Video with a Message
1. "State of Art" by Gotye -- Something about consumerism...
2. "Need Your Love" by Temper Trap -- When you can't think of a video idea, spoof a classic movie.
3. "Sixpack" by JEFF the Brotherhood -- Camping is awesome, you should do it more often.
4. "No. 1 Against the Rush" by Liars -- The OCD dry-cleaning guy is a serial killer.
5. "Paper Trench" by Admiral Fallow -- Don't kill the trees.

Best Art Direction
1. "Stay Useless" by Cloud Nothings
2. "Perfect Ten" by Jaill
3. "Every Single Night" by Fiona Apple
4. "Do Ya Thing" by Gorillaz featuring Andre 3000
5. "Charlie Brown" by Coldplay

Best Choreography
1. "Spectrum" by Florence and the Machine
2. "Shady Love" by Scissor Sisters
3. "Patient" by Twin Shadow
4. "Houdini" by Foster the People
5. "Daisy" by Fang Island

Best Cinematography
1. "Ownerless" by Everest
2. "Heartbreaker" by The Walkmen
3. "WHALE" by Yellow Ostrich
4. "Hey Ho" by The Lumineers
5. "Fjgur Pan" by Sigur Ros

Best Editing
1. "Take a Walk" by Passion Pit
2. "Propagtaion" by Lower Dens
3. "Lazuli" by Beach House
4. "Look At Where We Are" by Hot Chip
5. The Yeasayer vignettes

Who would you nominate?

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