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.


Anonymous said...

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

Simon Hayes Budgen 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

Anonymous 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.

Anonymous said...

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

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