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MTV VMA Best Female Video Series: 1986   2 comments

1986

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!

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MTV VMA Best Female Video Series: 1997   2 comments

1997

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!

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MTV VMA Best Female Video Series: 2004   2 comments

best female 04Hey 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

Full rankings:
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!

As always, you can follow me on Twitter: @nikowl

MTV Video Music Awards 2013 Winner Predictions   Leave a comment

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards is just right around the corner, and this one is shaping up to be a good one for MTV’s biggest night. Now celebrating it’s 30th year of the awards ceremonies, appearances and performances by the likes of Katy Perry, One Direction, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, and Robin Thicke to name a few. Also, aside from leading up the nominations this year, Justin Timberlake is this year’s recipient of the Video Vanguard award, and a rumored N*SYNC reunion performance is in the books this year. I know you’re excited for Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick. Anyway, here are my predictions on the major categories on who will end up with moonmen on Sunday’s ceremony:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

* Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop”
* Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
* Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”
* Robin Thicke, TI, Pharell, “Blurred Lines”
* Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”

WHO WILL WIN: Between the Video Vanguard award, the rumored N*SYNC performance, and his huge comeback this year, MTV is setting this up to be JT’s big night, and it won’t be complete if he doesn’t end up with the highest honor for that night. Plus, he still hasn’t won here yet, and it’s a great video to represent him here.
RUNNER UP: Taylor Swift. This is still a fan-voted format and Taylor is campaigning the hell for a win this year. Besides, the last six winners here are solo female popstars and Swift fits that bill.
MY CHOICE:  JT. Probably the one that stands out the most, thought that’s not saying a lot.

BEST MALE VIDEO

* Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pool (Drank)”
* Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
* Ed Sheeran, “Lego House”
* Robin Thicke, TI, Pharell, “Blurred Lines”
* Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”

WHO WILL WIN: JT easily. It will be one of those sweep wins for his big night. This win will also put him on a tie with Eminem as the most rewarded act in the history of this category with three wins apiece.
RUNNER UP: 
Robin Thicke. Turning out to be the song of the year by far, they can easily throw him a bone here.
MY CHOICE:  
Ed Sheeran. Let’s throw him a vote come on guys. 🙂

 

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

* Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
* Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack”
* Pink (featuring Nate Ruess), “Just Give Me A Reason”
* Rihanna (featuring Mikky Ecko), “Stay”
* Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”

WHO WILL WIN: Taylor Swift. It will probably be an easy win for Taylor as she’s sure to end up with a moonman on Sunday. The only scenario I see that lets her lose here is if she wins Video of the Year inside.
RUNNER UP: 
Miley Cyrus. This song is peaking at the right time, and her legion of fans will propel this to a win.
MY CHOICE:  
Rihanna. Probably the best video in this bunch. Simple and effective.

ARTIST TO WATCH

* Iggy Azalea, “Work”
* Austin Mahone “What About Love”
* Twenty One Pilots, “Holding Onto You”
* The Weeknd, “Wicked Games”
* Zedd (featuring Foxes), “Clarity”

WHO WILL WIN: Austin Mahone. Catering the left over conservative Bieber fanbase and opening for Taylor Swift can propel him to a win here.
RUNNER UP: 
Zedd. Clarity is the biggest hit in this group and he can benefit from that.
MY CHOICE:  
Maybe Zedd. But where’s Macklemore and Ryan Lewis here? This would have been an easy win for them.

BEST POP VIDEO

* Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
* fun., “Carry On”
* Selana Gomez, “Come and Get It”
* Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
* Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”

WHO WILL WIN: Miley Cyrus. I think she has better chance here than in Female since her fans are the most active among this bunch unless…
RUNNER UP:
this is still part of the Timberlake sweep so he can easily take this one too.
MY CHOICE:  
fun I guess. I’m not a fan of most of the videos here.

BEST ROCK VIDEO

* 30 Seconds to Mars, “Up in the Air”
* Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark”
* Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
* Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”
* Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young”

WHO WILL WIN: No idea, but the combo of recent rise to popdom and being the most recent here, I’m thinking Imagine Dragons.
RUNNER UP: 
Jared Leto is on the show as a presenter, so that’s one assured nominee who’ll show up so maybe 30 Seconds to Mars?
MY CHOICE:  
Vampire Weekend probably since they’re the ones I like the most in this group.

BEST HIPHOP VIDEO

* A$AP Rocky, “Fuckin’ Problems”
* J.Cole, “Power Trip”
* Drake, “Started From the Bottom”
* Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools”
* Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, “Can’t Hold Us”

WHO WILL WIN: As a result of their good breakout year and as the other most nominated act (aside from Justin that is), this is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to lose.
RUNNER UP: 
Probably Drake since he’s still 0 in terms of VMA wins.
MY CHOICE:  
Can’t Hold Us is one of my favorite jams this year.

BEST COLLABORATION VIDEO

* Calvin Harris/Ellie Goulding, “I Need Your Love”
* Pink/Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”
* Pitbull/Christina Aguilera, “Feel This Moment”
* Robin Thicke/Pharell/TI, “Blurred Lines”
* Justin Timberlake/Jay Z, “Suit and Tie”

WHO WILL WIN: With the VMAs being held in Jay Z’s place this year, there’s no better way to give back to Jay than by giving him the moonman adding up to JT’s domination on Sunday, so I say Suit and Tie wins.
RUNNER UP: 
Blurred Lines since it’s the biggest hit in this line up.
MY CHOICE:  
I’d probably throw Pink and Nate a bone here and give them my vote.

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE

* Beyonce, “I Was Here”
* Kelly Clarkson, “People Like Us”
* Macklemore and Ryan Lewis/Mary Lambert, “Same Love”
* Miguel, “Candles in the Sun”
* Snoop Lion, “No Guns Allowed”

WHO WILL WIN: An easy win for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Plus, it talks about a hot topic that’s really rampant right now.
RUNNER UP: 
Beyonce just to make this more ridiculous as she wins for a live video. Oh and remember we’re in Brooklyn.
MY CHOICE:  
Same Love is the best song here and the only one deserving of a win.

blurred lines

BEST SONG OF THE SUMMER

* Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
* Daft Punk, “Get Lucky”
* Selena Gomez, “Come and Get It”
* Calvin Harris/Ellie Goulding, “I Need Your Love”
* One Direction, “Best Song Ever”
* Robin Thicke/Pharell/TI, “Blurred Lines”

WHO WILL WIN: Two words: BLURRED LINES.
RUNNER UP: 
Maybe Miley comes closest to Blurred Lines here. Though she’s far and away a distant runner up.
MY CHOICE:  
Daft Punk and VMA only happens once in a blue moon, so why not grab the chance to vote for it?

There you have it! Are you excited for the 30th VMAs? Don’t forget to watch the show on Sunday!

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MTV Video Music Awards 2012 Winner Predictions   Leave a comment

MTV’s biggest night of the year happens tomorrow when the Video Music Awards happen live tomorrow at the Staples Center in Loas Angeles. This year, Kevin Hart hosts the show, and we’ll see if this year will bring any memorable moment that will join the ranks of Fiona Apple’s Best New Artist speech in 1997, the threesome between Madonna, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera in 2003, and Lady Gaga’s bloody performance of Paparazzi in 2009.

As for the predictions, here are my thoughts on who will go home with the moonman tomorrow on the 10 main categories along with the six professional ones.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

* Drake featuring Rihanna, “Take Care”
* Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know”
* Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
* M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
* Rihanna, “We Found Love”

Who Will Win: There’s no perceived frontrunner in the same manner past years have, so this one’s kinda tricky. I don’t see them giving a second win to past VOTY winners Katy Perry (2011, Firework) or Rihanna (2007, Umbrella). M.I.A seems to fit the bill of the hip music video that they throw a bone to every year but really has no chance of winning. Drake’s video does not scream VOTY, though I’m happy he got the nod here. I guess with no choice left, I’m going with Gotye whose video deserves a win and made one of the catchiest song of the summer.

Dark Horse: Drake featuring Rihanna, “Take Care”
Who Should Win: Rihanna, “We Found Love”. I really like the maturity that she showed in this video, and it’s my choice in this line up.

BEST MALE VIDEO

* Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
* Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
* Drake featuring Rihanna, “Take Care”
* Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
* Usher, “Climax”

Who Will Win: With this being fan voted, there’s no stopping Bieber for that consecutive win.
Dark Horse: Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”. It’s a good and interesting video, and if they might want to go the indie route, Ocean might win this one since his buzz is surging.
Who Should Win: Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

* Beyonce, “Love on Top”
* Katy Perry, “Part of Me”
* Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
* Rihanna, “We Found Love”
* Selena Gomez & The Scene, “Love You Like a Love Song”

Who Will Win: This one’s more tricky, but since they might want this to end ala prom night, they’d give Male and Female honors to Bieber and Selena Gomez. After all, it’s fan voted. So I’d say Selena squeaks out a win.
Dark Horse: Both Katy Perry (0 for 5) and Rihanna (0 for 2) are still winless in this category, but I’d give the edge over to Perry. % consecutive losses might sting already eh?
Who Should Win: Since this is her sole nomination, I’d be excited to see Selena win this one. I love her video, and it was actually a good one when you look at the technical aspects of it.

BEST NEW ARTIST

* fun featuring Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
* Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
* Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
* One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
* The Wanted, “Glad You Came”

Who Will Win: One Direction. Nuff said. Do you see how they’re slaying the votes? That’s like Bieber times five.
Dark Horse: Carly Rae Jepsen. This is definitely the song of the summer, and Call Me Maybe has already hit pop culture phenomenon.
Who Should Win: I’d say fun wins this by a hair over Frank Ocean, and yes, One Direction. Where’s Gotye by the way?


BEST POP VIDEO

* Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
* fun featuring Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
* Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”
* One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
* Rihanna, “We Found Love”

Who Will Win: I’d say Bieber in a heartbeat, but like what I said, One Direction is Bieber times five, so I’d give the edge to these Brit guys.
Dark Horse: Justin Bieber.In case Directioners focused on New Artist and Shareworthy award, both the Biebs and 1D can have 2 awards at the end of the night.
Who Should Win: Rihanna. I love the video THAT much.


BEST ROCK VIDEO

* The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
* Coldplay, “Paradise”
* Imagine Dragons, “It’s Time”
* Linkin Park, “Burn it Down”
* Jack White, “Sixteen Saltlines”

Who Will Win: No idea who’ll actually win here, so I’m going with Coldplay here.
Dark Horse: Linkin Park has been a VMA favorite for so many years despite not surpassing the In the End era. They can still pull off a win.
Who Should Win: Coldplay. I’m always a fan of their videos, and Paradise is no exception.


BEST HIPHOP VIDEO

* Childish Gambino, “Heartbeat”
* Drake featuring Lil Wayne, “HYFR”
* Jay Z, Kanye West, “Paris”
* Nicki Minaj, 2 Painz, “Beez in the Trap”
* Kanye West, Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, “Mercy”

Who Will Win: Drake, Lil Wayne. They might give Drake a bone for being one of the top nominees this year, It will also be a one two punch by giving Lil Wayne a moonman too.
Dark Horse: If only both Jay Z and Kanye were confirmed to be of attendance, I’ll predict this in a heartbeat. However, I still think it can win.
Who Should Win: Just the idea of Jay and Kanye collaborating is already worthy of a moonman.

BEST VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE

* Kelly Clarkson, “Dark Side”
* Gym Class Heroes, Ryan Tedder, “The Fighter”
* K’naan, Nelly Furtado, “Is Anybody Out There?”
* Lil Wayne, “How to Love”
* Demi Lovato, “Skyscraper”
* Rise Against, “Ballad of Hollis Brown”

Who Will Win: Between her X Factor stint, comeback story, and personal struggles, I think this will be a possible walk away win for Demi Lovato.
Dark Horse: Lil Wayne. There’s no other viable strong contender here, so they might give him the moonman here.
Who Should Win: Kelly Clarkson’s Dark Side just because I like this era of her.


MOST SHARE WORTHY VIDEO

* Beyonce, “Countdown”
* Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
* Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know”
* Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
* One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”

Who Will Win: The results of this category is visible to the public, and One Direction leads Bieber by near a million.
Dark Horse: Bieber. In case each Belieber multiplied their voting power by ten, they’re still in the game.
Who Should Win: No idea. What is this category even for? But I vote One Direction just because they’re real guilty pleasure.


BEST ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC VIDEO

* Avicii, “Levels”
* Duck Sauce, “Big Bad Wolf”
* Calvin Harris, “Feels So Close”
* Skrillex, “First of the Year”
* Martin Solvieg, “The Night Out”

Who Will Win: Calvin Harris. Between this and We Found Love, they might give one shot to Harris’ own music career.
Dark Horse: Skrillex might gain some momentum for the EDM format.
Who Should Win: I thought David Guetta will get an instant win here, but he’s not even nominated.

Who are your choices for the win? Are you excited about the VMAs tomorrow?

Posted September 6, 2012 by Nicol Latayan in Awards, Music

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