The MTV 2014 Video Music Awards, the VMAs, are airing tonight Sunday, August 24 on MTV and MTV.com via a free live online stream. (The nominees can be found here.) Predicting the winners is a crapshoot. Here’s who should win:
Video of the Year: Sia – “Chandelier”
Best Male Video: Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Best Female Video: Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Artist to Watch: Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
Best Pop Video: Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Best Rock Video: The Black Keys – “Fever”
Best Hip-Hop Video: Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”
MTV Clubland Award: DJ Snake and Lil’ Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Best Collaboration: Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”
Best Direction: OK Go – “The Writing’s on the Wall” (Directors: Damian Kulash, Aaron Duffy, and Bob Partington)
Best Choreography: Sia – “Chandelier” (Choreographer: Ryan Heffington)
Best Visual Effects: OK Go – “The Writing’s on the Wall” (Visual Effects: 1stAveMachine)
Best Art Direction: Arcade Fire – “Reflektor” (Art Director: Anastasia Masaro)
Best Editing: No opinion
Best Cinematography: Lana Del Rey – “West Coast” (Director of Photography: Evan Prosofsky)
Best Video with a Social Message: This category is very silly.
Best Lyric Video: I don’t watch lyric videos that often.
The 2014 VMAs will air tonight, August 24th, on MTV at 9pm EST and MTV.com will also be airing a free live stream at mtv.com/ontv/vma/watch-vma-live-stream.jhtml
Jeff Malone is a voracious entertainment consumer and entertainment creator. He currently resides in New York City, where he is working on a Master’s in Media Studies at The New School. In addition to his pieces on TMRzoo.com, you can check out his blog (jmunney.wordpress.com), where he provides regular coverage of Community and Saturday Night Live, as well as other television, film, music, and the rest of pop culture.