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The MTV Video Music Awards are basically like the Super Bowl-but for music junkies. Set to air on Sunday, August 30th at 9 p.m., Miley Cyrus will be making a comeback as the host for the night. I’d say we’re all in for a treat.
With the awards show just over a month away, the anticipation is definitely kicking in. Who has what it takes to win this year’s VMA? Here are my predictions for the nine anticipated categories:
Video of the Year: Taylor Swift- “Bad Blood” Best Male Video: Ed Sheeran- “Thinking Out Loud” Best Female Video: Taylor Swift- “Blank Space” Best Hip-Hop Video: Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth- “See You Again” Best Pop Video: Maroon 5- “Sugar” Best Rock Video: Hozier- “Take Me to Church” Artist to Watch: Vance Joy- “Riptide” Best Collaboration: Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars- “Uptown Funk” Video With a Social Message: Colbie Caillat- “Try”
Pop princess Taylor Swift is up against the so-called “queen” B for Video of the Year-which is interesting. Swift’s “Bad Blood” video ft. Kendrick Lamar has climbed in views since it came out on May 17th. The video already has close to 360 million views and features some of the biggest celebrities like Selena Gomez, Hayley Williams, Cindy Crawford, and Jessica Alba. There’s no denying that this video is a must-see, whether you’re a “swiftie” or not.
As for Beyonce, her video for hit song “7/11” came out last November, and only has 240 million views. Although Beyonce is often referred to as “the queen” and her fans are wild, I think that Swift would win in this situation. Not only does Swift’s video captivate attention, but also is so interesting that you want to replay it again and again. Beyonce’s video? It just focuses on her dancing on a balcony and a hotel hallway..Sure, she’s a good singer, but this isn’t mainly about the song-it’s about the video.
Let’s not forget about the other nominees for this award-heartthrob Ed Sherran is nominated for his lovely video “Thinking Out Loud” and Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars for “Uptown Funk.” Both of these songs were completely overplayed and made the top charts for weeks. The curveball in this category is Lamar’s video “Alright.” The video was only posted a few weeks ago, reaching 10 million views so far.
In the end, I’m thinking it’ll come down to either “Uptown Funk” or “Bad Blood.” “Uptown Funk” has reached almost 900 million views, but has been posted online since last year. Swift’s “Bad Blood” was only posted recently-so who knows. You can’t deny that both of these songs are catchy and the videos are worthwhile.
Moving on, as for Best Male Video– I think Sherran definitely deserves that one. He’s up against Ronson and Lamar again, as well as The Weeknd and Nick Jonas. Although Jonas has made a comeback with his solo career and The Weeknd is definitely making their mark with their “Fifty Shades of Grey” track hit, Sheeran’s video is breathtaking. If you watch the behind-the-scenes, he actually had to learn all the moves himself when he’s clearly not a dancer to begin with. So many emotions come to the forefront of this video and I think the country would agree.
Beyonce, Swift, Nicki Minaj, and Ellie Goulding are up against Sia for Best Female Video-and I honestly believe that Sia should deserve the award on this one. There’s been so much controversy with her video of Shia LeBeouf dancing with “Dance Moms” star Maddie Ziegler but the video has a deeper meaning that was well-thought out by the intellectual and talented Sia. She doesn’t appear in the video, which makes it more interesting and powerful.
In terms of views, Nicki Minaj is up there-but her video is pretty distasteful. I actually like Minaj, but her ass shaking throughout the video doesn’t really make me want to watch it.. On the other hand, Swift’s “Blank Space” hit 1 BILLION views. Although Sia probably deserves the award for her creativity, I predict that Swift will take this VMA. Her video is funny and relatable, while a little creepy at the same time. She turns from in-love Taylor to murder-Taylor and who doesn’t want to watch that?
I’m guessing Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth will take the VMA for Best Hip-Hop Video. The song “See You Again” is not only catchy but is the hit song from the “Furious 7” soundtrack. Fetty Wep’s “Trap Queen” will probably come close, but is more of a turn-up song with a sexy video rather than something you’d want to watch again and again.
Big Sean’s “IDFWU” is obviously a popular song to get down to, but has far less views than the others. Again, Minaj and Lamar are nominated but I don’t think they’ll make the cut for this one.
Best Pop Video is pretty up in the air with Swift, Sheeran, Beyonce, Ronson, and Maroon 5 against each other. I’m predicting that Swift, Ronson, or Maroon 5 will take this one. I’d like to see Maroon 5 win this for their video for “Sugar” because it’s really creative and fun.
Best Rock Video is definitely a hard one for me to decide because all of these videos are so great. One of my favorite bands, The Arctic Monkeys, is against Walk the Moon, Florence and the Machine, Fall Out Boy, Hozier, and Vance Joy. I really love FOB’s video for “Uma Thurman” and Arctic’s “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High,” but I’m predicting that Walk The Moon or Hozier will take this one. “Shut Up and Dance” is so damn catchy and everyone’s heard it whether you enjoy rock or not. On the other hand, Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” has over 200 million views..it’s a close call.
I think Vance Joy would be a winner for Taco Bell’s presentation of Artist to Watch. Their video for “Riptide” is so weird but definitely one to see. As for Best Collaboration, I think “Uptown Funk” will take this one. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars obviously sing well together and although the other contestors are really great together, “Uptown Funk” is unbelievably catchy.
Lastly, for Video With a Social Message, Colbie Caillat’s video for “Try” is definitely an inspiring video. The video features various different women, including herself, without makeup. That’s such a bold move and teaches girls everywhere to love yourself, your body, and your beauty no matter what. Rhianna’s “American Oxygen” and Big Sean’s “One Man Can Change the World” are also inspiring, but in terms of views, I think Caillat will take this one.
To conclude, this year’s MTV VMA’s will be a show you don’t want to miss. To vote for these nine categories as well as the six professional categories, visit http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/. The awards show will take place on August 30th at 9/8c on MTV. Be there or be square.