Beyoncé predictably leads the nominations for MTV’s Video Music Awards with the videos from her self-titled fifth album, which was dropped as a surprise at the end of last year with no press hype and no warning on the unsuspecting public. Beyoncé was referred to as a “visual album,” with an expensive, top-notch music video made for every track on the record before it was even released, which naturally made her a shoo-in for the VMAs.
Beyoncé is up for eight awards, including Video of the Year and Best Collaboration for her hit with husband Jay Z, “Drunk in Love.” She’s also nominated for Best Female Video, Best Choreography, Best Video with a Social Message, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Direction. Following Bey in nominations are Eminem and Iggy Azalea, with seven apiece.
The videos for Beyoncé are as over-the-top sexy as the record, with innumerable costume changes and choreography to show Bey at her absolute sexiest. “Drunk in Love” has a looser feel, with Bey dancing on the beach alone until she’s joined by the guy who inspired her to coin the term “surfboart” for girl-on-top. “Partition” is a fancier affair, with Beyoncé-as-stripper putting on every outrageous high-class stripper outfit imaginable, though she doesn’t even make it to the club before “he Monica Lewinsky’d all over my gown.”
The clothing in that video alone probably cost more than your house. The video for the Sia-penned “Pretty Hurts” goes for a positive message about body image with the impossibly beautiful Beyoncé struggling to compete in a series of beauty pageants. Those three videos were the ones out of the 17 made for the album that were nominated for the VMAs.