Tuesday, August 07, 2007

MTV Video nominations, for some reason

The announcement of the nominations for this year's MTV video awards prompts not just a yawn from Time, but we're pretty sure we can hear it scratching its crotch as it scoffs at the idea of a TV station which has stopped showing videos determining the "best" videos at a ceremony which has long since forgotten it was meant to be a send-up of this sort of thing.

Amongst the nominations, then:

Best band: Fall Out Boy / Gym Class Heroes / Linkin Park / Maroon 5 / White Stripes

Best new artist: Lily Allen / Gym Class Heroes / Peter Bjorn & John / Carrie Underwood / Amy Winehouse

Female artist of the year: Beyonce / Fergie / Nelly Furtado/ Rhianna / Amy Winehouse

Male artist of the year: Akon / Robin Thicke / TI / Justin Timberlake / Kanye West

Monster single of the year: Daughtry "Home" / Fall Out Boy "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" / Avril Lavigne "Girlfriend" / Lil Mama "Lip Gloss" / Mims "This Is Why I'm Hot" / Plain White T's "Hey There Delilah" / Rihanna f/ Jay-Z "Umbrella" / Shop Boyz "Party Like A Rock Star" / T-Pain f/ Yung Joc "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" / Timbaland f/ Keri Hilson, D.O.E. & Sebastian "The Way I Are"

Most Earth-Shattering Collaboration: Akon f/ Eminem "Smack That" / Beyoncé f/ Shakira "Beautiful Liar" / Gwen Stefani f/ Akon "The Sweet Escape" / Justin Timberlake f/ Timbaland "SexyBack" / U2 f/ Green Day "The Saints Are Coming"

Quadruple Threat Of The Year (No, us neither): Beyonce / Bono / Gwen Stefani / Justin Timberlake / Jay-z / Kanye West

Video of the Year: Beyoncé "Irreplaceable" / Justice "D.A.N.C.E." / Rihanna f/ Jay-Z "Umbrella" / Justin Timberlake "What Goes Around...Comes Around" / Kanye West "Stronger" / Amy Winehouse "Rehab"

It's perhaps, on balance, better that MTV has stopped showing videos these days.


4 comments:

Robin Carmody said...

Peter, Bjorn and John being nominated, though. If anyone cared anymore, that would be a seriously good thing.

simon h b said...

Their nomination does stand out from a very, very dull list - although with both Allen and, I believe, Winehouse lined up for the show, I suspect they might not want to waste time clearing space on their shelf

James said...

The hyperbolic titles are all well and good, but 'Most Earth-Shattering Collaboration'? That list? Hardly on a par with Nick Cave and Kylie, are they? 'Earth-Shattering Collaboration' to me suggests one of those songs where something fantastic and unexpected comes from a meeting of two artists you'd maybe never think of putting together. With the exception of the Beyonce and U2 tracks, that list of 'collaberations' is nothing more earth-shattering than a bunch of artists whose producers have called in a rent-a-rapper to secure a place on the next '100% R&B' compilation. If I recall correctly, Akon's contribution to that Stefani track consisted of little more than howling 'Woooo-ooooo' over and over. Earth-shattering stuff!

Having said that, at least they're not 'Dancing in the Street' by Bowie and Jagger. I still have nightmares.

James said...

Now this, on the other hand, is an Earth-Shattering Collaboration.

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