10 Music Videos that Didn’t Get Enough VMAs Love

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The coveted MTV VMAs’ Video of the Year Award has gone to many legendary music videos like “Bad Romance,” “Lady Marmalade,” and “Hey Ya!” to name a few, but the fan-voted awards show has snubbed some great music videos of their deserving Moonmen.

Instead, let’s take a look at this list of 10 Video of the Year Nominees Who Didn’t Get Enough VMAs Love, Even Though They Should Have, beginning with…


1. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars (2015)

The retro and infectious music video for “Uptown Funk” might have won Best Male Video, but Taylor Swift and her girl squad took home the award for what should have gone to the most played music video of 2015.

Who won instead: “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift

2. “Chandelier” by Sia (2014)

The music video that put dancer Maddie Ziegler on the map should have won for its groundbreaking and inspired choreography.

What won instead: “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus

3. “Shut Up and Let Me Go” by the Ting Tings (2008)

The fan favorite and psychedelic music video for “Shut Up and Let Me Go” was snubbed for a Video of the Year title.

What won instead: “Piece of Me” by Britney Spears

4. “What Goes Around… Comes Around” by Justin Timberlake (2007)

The 2007 Video of the Year nominees were stacked, with other notable nominees like “Stronger” by Kanye West, “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse and “Irreplaceable” by Beyoncé. But JT’s dramatic short film of a music video, which featured some serious acting chops and a guest stint by Scarlett Johansson, should have topped them all.

What won instead: “Umbrella” by Rihanna

5. “Jesus Walks” by Kanye West (2006)

“Jesus Walks,” one of Kanye’s best music videos is ablaze with political messages and biblical imagery that should have scored him a Video of the Year award over his lackluster contenders.

What won instead: “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” by Panic! at the Disco

6. “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani (2005)

Gwen Stefani’s epic video of her and her Harajuku girls stomping with a high school marching band and cheerleading team didn’t snag Video of the Year. Bananas.

What won instead: “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Greenday

7. “Bye Bye Bye” by *NSYNC (2000)

The wildly popular *NSYNC video for “Bye Bye Bye” featured the most memorable puppet-themed, boy band choreography. The music video surprisingly didn’t take home the award show’s top title.

What won instead: “The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem

8. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana (1992)

The “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video easily defined the punk-rock high school scene of the 90s.

What won instead: “Right Now” by Van Halen

9. “Vogue” by Madonna (1990)

Madonna’s black-and-white music video for “Vogue” featured an infamous sheer blouse and some legendary choreography. How this iconic video was snubbed of a Video of the Year win is beyond us.

What won instead: “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor

10. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson (1984)

Not only did Michael not get his rightfully deserved win for “Thriller” in 1984, but he never took home a Moonman for Video of the Year in the four times that he was nominated.

What won instead: “You Might Think” by The Cars