Who was nominated for the Video Music Awards (VMAs) and who will the winners and and losers be? The MTV Video Music Awards are on tonight on the MTV channel and online at MTV.com, with the hour-long red carpet pre-show hosted up and coming country music star and actress, Lucy Hale, along with Christina Garibaldi and Sway from MTV, beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, broadcast from in front of The Forum in Inglewood, California. Then, the VMAs will begin live at 9:00 p.m. Read on to find out more!
MTV was once known for playing music videos almost exclusively, with commentators speaking about news in the musical world now and then. Now, they also have their own regular TV series, like Teen Wolf, which will lead into the red carpet pre-show.
MTV had begun to stray so far away from broadcasting music videos almost 24/7 that Adam Levine was prompted to tweet in 2011 that the night of the VMAs was the one time “when MTV pretends to still care about music.” At the time he tweeted this, he was frustrated and fed up with how much MTV had changed; but, this year, he and his group, Maroon 5, will be playing at the VMAs for the first time ever.
The reason why he changed his mind is that the VMAs are a reminder of what MTV once was and, according to Levine: “I think it’s nice that the VMAs are trying to revamp the original mentality of MTV.”
Maybe MTV is changing. It will be using its old slogan “I Want My MTV” during the VMAs tonight, possibly indicating a re-commitment to today’s music and an effort to broadcast more music videos in the future. It will be the first time since the 1980s that MTV will be using this slogan. However, the channel will likely always also show their own reality TV series and series that the channel has developed for teens, such as Teen Wolf.
The VMAs have become a venue where the hottest artists of today are recognized and some of the biggest news in the music world has broken, like in 2011, when Beyonce announced that she was pregnant. There have been many controversial moments and performances on the VMA stage, also, like in 2010 when Lady Gaga wore a dress made out of meat and last year’s Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus version of Blurred Lines, during which Miley Cyrus twerked and parents across America freaked.
Among the performers tonight on the VMAs will be Beyonce, the Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea. Grande’s album, My Everything, will hit stores everywhere on Monday. Sam Smith is one of MTV’s “artists to watch.”
Beyonce leads the nominations with a total of eight. Iggy Azalea and Emimen are next, with seven nominations each. Beyonce will be given the biggest honor of the night, the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Beyonce will be performing an extended set, which will definitely be one of the evening’s highlights.
Nicki Minaj is another musical artist who will be performing on the VMAs. Her twerking and incorporation of sexuality into her most recent video on YouTube have already made many people around the United States wonder how her performance tonight on the VMAs will go in its attempt to out-do Miley Cyrus. There will reportedly be live snakes incorporated into the performance, as the news has come out that one of her dancers was bitten by a boa constrictor on Friday during rehearsals. The bite, fortunately, was not a serious one and the dancer did not require hospitalization.
The nominees for the Video Music Awards show award Best Male Video are Eminem’s (featuring Rihana) video, The Monster; Sing, by Ed Sheeran (featuring Pharrell Williams); All of Me, by John Legend; Happy, by Pharrell Williams; and Stay With Me, by Sam Smith. The Guardian Liberty Voice Pick (GLVP): Happy by Pharrell Williams.
The Video Music Awards show award for Video of the Year has five videos nominated: Wrecking Ball, by Miley Cyrus; Fancy, by Iggy Azalea (feat. Charli XCX); Chandelier, by Sia; Drunk In Love, by Beyonce and Jay Z; and, Happy by Pharrell Williams. The GLVP: Drunk In Love by Beyonce and Jay Z.
Another major award will be the Video Music Awards show award for Best Female Video. The five nominees are: Iggy Azalea (Feat. Charli XCX) with Fancy; Lorde with Royals; Katy Perry (feat. Juicy J) with Dark Horse; Ariana Grande (feat. Iggy Azalea) with Problem; and, Beyonce, with Partition. The GLVP: Lorde with her hit video, Royals.
In the category of the Video Music Awards show award for Best Pop Video, the five nominees are: Happy, by Pharrell Williams; Talk Dirty, by Jason Derulo (feat. 2 Chainz); Problem, by Arian Grande (feat. Iggy Azalea); Fancy, by Iggy Azalea (feat. Charli XCX); and, Wake Me Up, by Avicii (feat. Aloe Blacc). The GLVP: Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo (feat. 2 Chainz).
The Video Music Awards show award for Best Rock Video has five nominees: Fever, by Black Keys; Royals, by Lorde; Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys; Until It’s Gone, by Linkin Park; and, Demons, by Imagine Dragons. The GLVP: Demons, by Imagine Dragons.
The Video Music Awards show award for Best Hip-Hop Video also has five nominees: Hold On (We’re Going Home), by Drake (feat. Majid Jordan); We Dem Boyz by Wiz Khalifa; 3005, by Childish Bambino; Berzerk, by Eminem; and, Black Skinhead, by Kanye West. The GLVP: Hold On (We’re Going Home), by Drake (feat. Majid Jordan).
In the category of the Video Music Awards show award for Artist to Watch, the five nominees are: Sam Smith, with Stay With Me; Charli XCX, with Boom Clap; Fifth Harmony, with their hit Miss Movin On; Schoolboy Q, for Man of the Year; and, 5 Seconds of Summer, with She Looks So Perfect. The GLVP: 5 Seconds of Summer, with She Looks So Perfect.
Then, the Video Music Awards show award for Best Video with a Social Message has five nominees: Kelly Rowland, with Dirty Laundry; Angel Haze (feat. Sia), with Battle Cry; J. Cole, with Crooked Smile; David Guetta (feat. Mikky Ekko), with One Voice; Beyoncé, with Pretty Hurts; and, Avicii (feat. Dan Tyminski), with Hey Brother. The GLVP: Avicii (feat. Dan Tyminski), with Hey Brother.
The Video Music Awards show award for Best Collaboration has six nominees: Pitbull (feat. Kesha), with Timber; Katy Perry (feat, Juicy J), with Dark Horse; Ariana Grande (feat. Iggy Azalea), with Problem; Beyonce (feat. Jay Z), Drunk in Love; Chris Brown (feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga), with Loyaland; and, Eminem (feat. Rihanna), with The Monster. The GLVP: Beyonce (feat. Jay Z), Drunk in Love.
The final Video Music Awards 2014 show award that this article will mention is the MTV Clubland Award. It has five nominees: Zedd (feat. Hayley williams), with Stay the Night; Calvin Harris, with Summer; Martin Garrix, with Animals; DJ Snake and Lil Jon, with Turn Down for What; and, Disclosure, for Grab Her. The GLVP: DJ Snake and Lil Jon, with Turn Down for What.
Written By Douglas Cobb