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Video Music Awards nominees and editors’ picks

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Best Art Direction

Drake f/Rihanna

“Take Care”

Art Direction by Charles INfante

Katy Perry

“Wide Awake”

Art Direction by Benji Bamps

Lana Del Rey

“Born to Die”

Art Direction by Anna Brun & Audrey Malecot

Of Monsters & Men

“Little Talks”

Art Direction by Mihal Wilson & Marcella Moser

Regina Spektor

“All The Rowboats”

Art Direction by Anthony Henderson

Our pick

Drake & Rihanna

This one could go either way. Drake & Rihanna are the obvious choice and their video can be described as a piece of art. But because this is a non-voting category, popularity does not necessarily factor in. Regina Spektor is a favorite amongst the music industry and her video could come out on top.

Best Choreography



Choreography by Richy Greenfield & Petros Papahadjopoulos



Choreography by Danielle Polanco, Frank Gatson Jr., Beyonce & Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Chris Brown

“Turn Up the Music”

Choreography by Anwar “Flii” Burton

Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull

“Dance Again”

Choreography by JR Taylor


“Where Have You Been”

Choreography by Hi-Hat

Our pick

Chris Brown

All the videos can be considered dance videos, but Chris Brown’s was just a little different. Avicii could always come in as the underdog, and is a great video, but since Fatboy Slim’s dance video, the quirky dance video hasn’t been very popular. Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Beyonce are doing what they do by creating a dance song and filming a purely dance video. But Brown’s choreography is something different, and something that makes us want to watch.

Best Cinematography


“Someone Like You”

Cinematography by David Johnson

Coldplay f/Rihanna

“Princess of China”

Cinematography by Stephanie Vallee

Drake f/Rihanna

“Take Care”

Cinematography by Kasper Tuxen

Lana Del Rey

“Born to Die”

Cinematography by Andre Chemetoff


“Bad Girls”

Cinematography by Andre Chemetoff

Our pick

Coldplay & Rihanna

We’re sure we can all agree that Adele is the sweetheart of 2011 and 2012, but for this category we think others have her beat. The Coldplay & Rihanna video is truly a film (plus any video to include a samurai sword is OK by us). It may be a little over the top, but you can tell they truly put the time into making it a work of art.

Best Direction

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