The Video Music Awards Nominations Keep On Dancing Into Our Field Of Vision

Aug 11th, 2008 // 6 Comments

More Video Music Awards nominations came down the pike on Friday night. Along with the Best New Artist category, which will pit sensations from different tween demographics (Miley Cyrus for the kids, Taylor Swift for the country girls, Tokio Hotel for the beauty-school aspirants) against each other, we have the Best Dancing In A Video category, which has dispensed with crediting the choreographers who came up with the honored routines as it ditched the word “choreography” from its name. What gives with that development, hm? If I were the person charged with making the Pussycat Dolls swing and sway in unison, I’d be a little bit cheesed off–especially since that means I’d have been charged with having to hear “When I Grow Up” all day as part of my job. Anyway, all the announced nominees so far are after the jump.

Katy Perry
Taylor Swift
Jordin Sparks
Tokio Hotel
Miley Cyrus

Chris Brown, “Forever”
Directed by Joseph Kahn

Danity Kane, “Damaged”
Directed by Syndrome

Madonna, “4 Minutes”
Directed by Jonas & Francois

Ne-Yo, “Closer”
Directed by Ms. Medina

Pussycat Dolls, “When I Grow Up”
Directed by Joseph Kahn

Danity Kane – “Damaged”
Director: Syndrome

Jonas Brothers – “Burnin’ Up”
Directors: Brendan Malloy & Tim Wheeler

Panic At The Disco – “Nine In The Afternoon”
Director: Shane Drake

Britney Spears – “Piece Of Me”
Director: Wayne Isham

Tokio Hotel – “Ready, Set, Go!”
Directors: Warwick & Haering

Mary J. Blige – “Just Fine”
Director: Chris Applebaum

Lupe Fiasco – “Superstar”
Director: Hype Williams

Flo Rida – “Low”
Director: Bernard Gourley

Lil Wayne – “Lollipop”
Directors: Gil Green & Dwayne Carter

Kanye West – “Homecoming”
Director: Hype Williams

Britney Spears – “Piece of Me”
Director: Wayne Isham

Jordin Sparks – “No Air”
Director: Chris Robinson

Katy Perry – “I Kissed A Girl”
Director: Kinga Burza

Mariah Carey – “Touch My Body”
Director: Brett Ratner

Rihanna – “Take a Bow”
Director: Anthony Mandler

Lil Wayne – “Lollipop”
Director: Gil Green/D. Carter

Chris Brown – “With You”
Director: Erik White/Chris Brown

Usher – “Love In This Club”
Director: The Brothers Strause

T.I. – “No Matter What”
Director: Self/James Lopez

Flo Rida – “Low”
Director: Bernard Gourley


  1. Aleb

    How in the world did Tokio Hotel get two nominations? The album sold about 50k, they don’t have a hit single, they can only be seen on MTV… Oh, I get it now.

  2. Maura Johnston

    @Aleb: Beware of saying anything negative about Tokio Hotel and their bigger-on-TV fanbase, lest you be accused of “hating.”

  3. DocStrange

    I bet you money they’ll also find their way into Best Rock Video (which among the 5 songs leading the pack in voting right now is…”Run” by Gnarls Barkley? What?).

    @Maura Johnston: I don’t know whose fans are more rabid: the Jonas Brothers, who threaten to sue Wikipedia editors who remove their edits about “NICK JONAS BEENG SOOOOOOOOOOOO HOT!!!!!” or Tokio Hotel?

  4. ITMS

    That photo you keep using for these posts is inevitably going to start inducing nightmares.

    Also, Danity Kane are extremely awkward dancers, particularly Shannon. Maybe that video had some good choreography here and there, but I’ll be damned if Chris Brown doesn’t win that award.

  5. Maura Johnston

    @ITMS: Danity Kane are extremely awkward everything! Their set at Zootopia was interminable, even though it was only four or five songs max.

  6. DocStrange

    You know, I went onto as many computers as possible to rig the poll results so that “Young Love” by Mystery Jets and Laura Marling could’ve at least had a chance. Nope, Tokio frigging Hotel gets the nod instead of, you know, a good song by two great artists.

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