The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards are coming our way once again, and as I skimmed the nominees for this year, I started to feel perplexed. Some of the nominees are totally appropriate, but others make me scratch my head, and I could think of other videos from this year that are far more deserving.
Maybe it's a sign of the times, but did you know that there used to be categories for awards like Best Post-Modern Video and Best Concept Video? I feel like they used to at least acknowledge groundbreaking work in music videos, but because of the decreasing airtime for videos on MTV, maybe there just isn't a need anymore? I'm not sure, but I do know that there are some videos I would add to the mix on Sept. 7 if I could.
To see who I'd add and to chime in your own favorite videos for each category,
Best Female Video: MTV's nominees include Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" which is definitely funny, and Rihanna's "Take A Bow." But maybe instead of Jordan Sparks's video for "No Air" I'd throw in Feist's video for "I Feel It All" and Solange Knowles's "I Decided." Solange's costumes and visuals are so awesome, and how can you resist Feist?
Best Male Video: It's hard to argue with most of MTV's picks, especially Usher's "Love in This Club" (touch of sarcasm there), but I would add Andrew Bird's video for his song "Lull". It's a lovely and unique animated piece that deserves some love.
Best Hip Hop Video: I'm glad MTV included Kanye West and Chris Martin's video collaboration for the song "Homecoming" in the list of nominees because it's a gorgeous shout-out to Chicago. I think another Kanye collaboration deserves to be in there, though: Estelle's video for "American Boy."
Best Pop Video: I'm not going to argue with Jonas Brothers or Danity Kane or Britney Spears because, you know, whatever. But wouldn't it be hilarious if Robin Sparkles made it in there?
Best New Artist: Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Jordan Sparks — but no Vampire Weekend?! They're having as big a year as it gets for a band. They're even apparently making America cool again, for Pete's sake, and still no love from MTV. Well, I would like to officially note that I think they deserve a nod for "Oxford Comma." Also, that first She & Him video where Zoe's head explodes is awesome and they're the best new artists in my heart.
Best Rock Video: I don't know if Death Cab For Cutie falls into the same category as groups like Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters, and Linkin Park but I think their video for "I Will Possess Your Heart" is great and deserves some attention.
What about you? What would you add to this year's list of nominees?