In order to acknowledge that next week will be Tit for Tat’s Emmy nomination coverage, we’d be doing this our weekly MTV Best Female Video Series earlier for this week. Since we’ve already tackled one from the 80s, 90s, and the 00s, it’s fitting that we’d go with the current decade, so I decided to go with the 2012 line up.
And there’s no better way to start it than Beyonce. Well technically it’s alphabetical order, but whatever. At this point in MTV VMA history, it’s clear that Beyonce will be nominated for simply farting, so this is pretty much expected. It’s her fourth consecutive nod in this category, and I have to say that it’s actually a deserving nomination. Not only is Love on Top one of the better songs from the underrated 4, but the video gives a perfect throwback with all the vintage group choreography and whatnot. This is far from the usual provocative Beyonce dance steps, so that’s refreshing as well.
If Beyonce is on her 4th consecutive nod, well Katy is on her FIFTH(!) continuous nomination in this category. Still winless in this category, Katy dons the military get up to show the story of a woman moving on from a failed relationship and finding herself instead so she decided to join the military. Since this is a Katy video, of course everything has to be taken literally as if we’re toddlers, so she does everything in a step by step procedure. It’s a fun video, but I think she had better ones during the Teenage Dream era.
Then we have Nicki Minaj who gets her second nod here after 2011’s Super Bass. In Starships though, we go all the way to Hawaii to see a starship (talk about literally. Now beat that Katy!) dropping this creature which turned out to be Nicki Minaj as she brings the life in the people of that island and they go partying and dancing non stop while Nicki changes her glittery looks as she dances in the shore or in top of a volcano. Clearly, common sense isn’t required in this video.
Now as for her initial single from her Talk the Talk era, Rihanna surely knows how to stir controversy. She surely gets people rallying against her with the depiction of violence between lovers and some pertaining to drug use here, especially since it reflects so much of her personal experiences circa 2008, but that’s what actually made me love this video more. In here, Rihanna just wore her heart on her sleeve to go back to a private (yet not so private) moment in her life. But more than the video’s theme, I also appreciate the visual choices in here in the treatment and shots used.
And lastly, there’s Selena Gomez. If I remember correctly, this was a surprise nomination that year and few to none were predicting it to happen. That said, it’s clearly deserving of a nomination. I really love videos that are just playful and catchy and fun. Selena’s wig changes from the big hair to that one of drag looks matches the ridiculous over the top beat of the song. I feel like in here, Selena clearly acknowledges the stage in her life where she’s in between being a teen while also oozing up her sexiness to some extent.
No doubt about it, Rihanna has the best video in the line up and a worthy Video of the Year winner that year. That said, I’m all for spreading the wealth and I’m likely voting her in another year that I haven’t tackled yet. So I’ll spread the wealth and give it to another video which I think is a fun embodiment of the Best Female Video category. I’m going with Selena Gomez here, as it’s the video that made me hit the repeat-peat-peat-peat-peat. It’s really unfortunate that Nicki Minaj won this year, and definitely one of the weakest winners in this category’s history.
Personal pick: Selena Gomez, “Love You Like a Love Song“ MTV VMA pick: Nicki Minaj, “Starships“
Full Rankings: 01. Selena Gomez, “Love You Like a Love Song“ 02. Rihanna, “We Found Love“
03. Beyonce, “Love on Top“
04. Katy Perry, “Part of Me“
05. Nicki Minaj, “Starships“
Now it’s time to vote for your own pick in the poll below
Hey everyone! We’re now on our third week of the MTV Best Female Video Series. The past two weeks we’ve been to the 200s and the 1990s, so it’s now time to jump back further and celebrate the 80s. This particular year that we’d be tackling for this week is a great one. As for one, it’s a line up with four black women in contention. Rarely does it happen especially in the current scheme of the VMAs. But more than that, this one has a really good set of nominated videos. So let’s get the ball rolling on the 1986 line up.
And we begin with Aretha looking every inch glam in Freeway of Love. The funniest and most noticeable thing in this video is that five seconds in, there’s already a shot of… you guessed it… a freeway! Talk about taking things literally. In here, Aretha is the life of the party as she switches back and forth from waiting for her car to arrive and performing in the body of a big crowd. Ir’s also one of the few black and white videos that has been nominated in the history of this category.
Oh God there’s a lot to say about this video. As for starters, there’s the fact that it was directed by Jean-Paule Goude. So that’s a plus already. Then the amazing detail that Jones did not shoot any new material in this video and it was a rehash of some of her previous cut out appearances in her prior ones. That said, all it needed was one director that will handle this with his creative hands, and voila, Slave to the Rhythm was futuristic and trailblazing. Never mind the effects now, I’m certain it was impressive during the time of its release.
This one was interesting because of the fact that Bush refused to lip sync her song in the video. It was a full four minutes of heavy choreographed dance of her and dancer partner Michael Hervieu.It was continuously rolling and lifting and twisting of bodies which was done gracefully and precisely that it’s really impressive. For what it’s worth, I’m really not a big fan of the song, but the video caught my interest with it.
As a soundtrack to her movie Mad Max, it’s basically Tina wearing a chain mail gown as we shift back and forth to her singing in her fierce Tina style and clips from the movie. It wasn’t remarkable or groundbreaking per se especially for Tina’s standards, but you know Tina in her safest is still miles ahead than most during that time.
And then there’s Whitney. In How Will I Know, Houston showed her the other side of her in this glitzy colorful and fun music video which has walking to a room as she opened doors and move places. It was a playful Whitney and one that I think, during that time, was emulated by a lot of young girls. There was even a cameo from co-nominee Aretha in her nominated video above. It also doesn’t hurt that this is my favorite Whitney song from her whole discography so there’s that.
This is really a strong group, and I’d even dare say that it’s one of this category’s better line ups ever. That said, I continue to go back and forth with Grace Jones and Whitney Houston. Grace has the futuristic boundary pushing video, but Whitney brings in the fun in hers and this is her only Best Female Video nod throughout her career. I guess I can go back and forth with this on any other day, so for now, I’d go agree with MTV’s choice and pick Whit.
Personal pick: Whitney Houston, “How Will I Know“ MTV VMA pick: Whitney Houston, “How Will I Know“
Full Rankings: 01. Whitney Houston, “How Will I Know” 02. Grace Jones, “Slave to the Rhythm”
03. Aretha Franklin, “Freeway of Love”
04. Kate Bush, “Running Up That Hill”
05. Tina Turner, “We Don’t Need Another Hero”
Now go on and vote in the poll below to reveal your choice!
It’s Thursday, and it meant only one thing: it’s time for our MTV Best Female Video Series. Last week, we began this list with the 2004 batch where in Britney Spears dominated the poll with Toxic. This week, we move farther to the 90s and tackle a batch of some notable 90s names, as we go on the 1997 nominees!
Giving some domestic realness vibes here, this video, which I’ve learned was an homage to The Color Purple, is as bubbly as one can get depicting Badu in a day of her life as a helper. She has been catching dogs, hanging clothes, and cleaning a barn on the duration of the whole video. What I find particularly striking about it though is the last act where she looks glorious in a green table cloth as she’s singing in front of a crowd. It’s basically a “reward” per se of her stressful day by ending every inch glamorous in the end.
Having Steve Poltz as your “guy” in the video certainly doesn’t hurt, and this song (which I find the best of the bunch) is one that goes hand in hand with the message of the video. The video’s strongest suit is when both Jewel and Steve can’t seem to find their way together, as the strum of the guitar continues to highlight the failed relationship of the two of them signifying that maybe it’s for the better that they really can’t reach each other.
If you’re gonna be known forever for a simple word, then might as well take it a notch and have something that you’ll be remembered greatly. That’s probably what Meredith Brooks has in mind as she will always be associated with the word bitch. That said, this song is far more memorable and stronger than its corresponding video. Sure it’s lovely to see the interpretation between the different things that surround Meredith in certain parts of it, but mostly it’s jsut hers floating of a flower background. Flower power? Who knows? I can’t tell.
Before Xtina went dark with Fighter or Kelly Clarkson as the bride in Behind Those Hazel Eyes, Paula Cole already used that same setting for her Grammy Record of the Year song Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? Whether it’s the autumn leaves on her feet or the American Horror Story-like flashbacks, this is an instance where the song is greatly helped by its video. Or mayeb I’m in the minority in that one since I’m not particularly fond of the song.
And then there’s Toni. Don’t you all miss the days when MTV is full of those pop divas whose music videos are melodramatic in nature? Sure there’s the Bonnie Tylers of the 80s, but one better not forget the video of Unbreak My Heart. Toni, in her x100 emotional self, reminisces the moments she has with Tyson Beckford after his accident. But then since it has to be dramatic, the moments she remembered were her shaving him, her playing Twister with him, and him doing yoga on the backyard. I really do miss this type of videos. Lol.
MTV that year went for Jewel, but I think I have to go with Erykah Badu on this one. I just love everything about the video. It’s short film realness, the film’s color and its attempt to tell a happy story. It’s so feel good and fun, which I prefer from this batch.
Personal pick: Erykah Badu, “On & On“ MTV VMA pick: Jewel, “You Were Meant for Me“
Full Rankings: 1. Erykah Badu, “On & On”
2. Paula Cole, “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?”
3. Toni Braxton, “Un-break My Heart”
4. Jewel, “You Were Meant for Me”
5. Meredith Brooks, “Bitch”
As for you, vote on the poll below to make your choice!
Hey everyone! So I have decided to start a new series here in my blog so that I can tackle something music related in the midst of all these monthly Oscar and Emmy predictions. And with that comes the introduction of the MTV VMA Best Female Video series. For 30 random weeks, I’ll be discussing the Best Female Video category of the MTV Video Music Awards, one year a week. I’ve chosen this because this sparks the most conversation among people of the online community. And of course there’s no better way to start this by going down memory lane exactly a decade ago and go with the 2004 nominees. Let’s begin!
Let’s begin with Alicia Keys. There’s no doubt that “If I Ain’t Got You” is one of her best songs in her whole discography, and the video ain’t shabby either. Set in winter New York makes the song’s melodrama more fitting when you juxtaposed Alicia playing the piano side by side with the flashback of Method Man (does he do method acting? Lol) and Alicia’s relationship. It’s a good video that highlights the song’s emotions further.
Then there’s Beyonce in her fourth single off Dangerously in Love,“Naughty Girl”. Living up to the title of her song, Beyonce was flirty and every inch captivating in this homage to the early days of entertainment Studio 54 style. But whether it’s being partnered up with Usher during their dance sequence, dancing with big mirrors behind her, or just taking a bath off a human wine glass, Beyonce nailed this club girl entertainment flawlessly.
For Toxic, Britney Spears receives her fourth nod in this category. Throughout her career, Britney has played up her sexuality a lot of times whether playing as a school girl, dancing in nude colored leggings or frolicking with a yellow python. But Toxic catapulted her more at her prime of sexiness. Giving some Alias vibes in her red wig catching men or pushing a cart as a flirty stewardess in her blue ensemble aren’t even the most memorable parts of this video. It’s Britney’s homage to Kate Bush as she’s sitting wearing nothing but diamonds that did this for well… everyone.
During her Stripped era, Xtina bid goodbye to the girl next door image and played up with her raunchy one instead. That’s why it’s such a breath of fresh air when she showed vulnerability every now and then. Such is the case for her The Voice Within music video. Shot in black and white on set of an empty theater and in just one long take, Xtina, clad in just a night gown and barefoot, went to a gamut of emotions for the whole five minutes of the song starting from a close up to that shot of her lying back in the end. Just when you thought she’d continue to top the extremes, she suddenly decides to tone it down.
And to cap it off, we have then MTV darling Jessica Simpson. There’s something so catchy with this video that I can’t actually pin down. Maybe it’s her doing domestic works like washing dishes or mopping when you know she can’t actually do that as per her reality show Newlyweds which has been premiering that time as well. Or just probably the image of a Barbie girl doing such. Simpson’s flirts to the cameras laughing and smiling and you find yourself sold.
MTV went with Beyonce that year giving her consecutive win in this category. However, I’m going with Britney on this one. I mean come on, Toxic is definitely upper three of Britney’s best and most iconic videos. She certainly deserved this win, and I’m certain the only reason she lost that year was because she was a no-show at the awards ceremony. Britney’s diamond encrusted body in Toxic slays the shit out of this line-up.
Personal pick: Britney Spears, “Toxic” MTV VMA pick: Beyonce, “Naughty Girl”
01. Britney Spears, “Toxic” 02. Beyonce, “Naughty Girl”
03. Christina Aguilera, “The Voice Within”
04. Jessica Simpson, “With You”
05. Alicia Keys, “If I Ain’t Got You”
Now go on and vote on the poll below to make your choice!