MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction

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The following is a list of MTV Video Music Awards winners for Best Direction in a Video. In 2007, the award was briefly renamed Best Director, but it returned to its original name for the 2008 awards. The category's biggest winner, on the side of the artists, is Madonna, who won all three of her nominations in this category. Meanwhile, for the directors, Spike Jonze and David Fincher are the biggest winners with three wins, Spike Jonze won once credited as the "Torrance Community Dance Group".

As for nominations, the most nominated artist is Eminem, who has seven nominations (and one win in 2002), while the most nominated is David Fincher, with eight nominations (three wins). Remarkably, Fincher's nominations were achieved mostly in three years (1989-1991), as in each year of 1989 and 1990 he was nominated a record three times. Fincher's latest nomination, though, occurred over twenty years later, as he received a nomination in 2013 for his video for "Suit & Tie, which he won." Francis Lawrence is the second biggest nominee in this category, receiving six nominations (and one win) from 2002 to 2010. Hype Williams is the director with most nominations and no wins (five from 1997 to 2010).

Lastly, four artists have won this award for directing or co-directing their own videos: George Michael (1988), Beck (1997), Erykah Badu (2008), and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys (2011).

Year Winner Nationality (director) Other nominees
1984 ZZ Top — "Sharp Dressed Man"
(Director: Tim Newman)
 United States
1985 Don Henley — "The Boys of Summer"
(Director: Jean-Baptiste Mondino)
 France
1986 a-ha — "Take On Me"
(Director: Steven Barron)
 Ireland
1987 Peter Gabriel — "Sledgehammer"
(Director: Stephen R. Johnson)
 United States
1988 George Michael — "Father Figure"
(Directors: Andy Morahan and George Michael)
 United Kingdom
1989 Madonna — "Express Yourself"
(Director: David Fincher)
 United States
1990 Madonna — "Vogue"
(Director: David Fincher)
 United States
1991 R.E.M. — "Losing My Religion"
(Director: Tarsem)
 India
1992 Van Halen — "Right Now"
(Director: Mark Fenske)
 United States
1993 Pearl Jam — "Jeremy"
(Director: Mark Pellington)
 United States
1994 R.E.M. — "Everybody Hurts"
(Director: Jake Scott)
 United Kingdom
1995 Weezer — "Buddy Holly"
(Director: Spike Jonze)
 United States
1996 The Smashing Pumpkins — "Tonight, Tonight"
(Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris)
 United States
1997 Beck — "The New Pollution"
(Director: Beck Hansen)
 United States
1998 Madonna — "Ray of Light"
(Director: Jonas Åkerlund)
 Sweden
1999 Fatboy Slim — "Praise You"
(Director: Torrance Community Dance Group)
 United States
2000 Red Hot Chili Peppers — "Californication"
(Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris)
 United States
2001 Fatboy Slim — "Weapon of Choice"
(Director: Spike Jonze)
 United States
2002 Eminem — "Without Me"
(Director: Joseph Kahn)
 United States
2003 Coldplay — "The Scientist"
(Director: Jamie Thraves)
 United Kingdom
2004 Jay-Z — "99 Problems"
(Director: Mark Romanek)
 United States
2005 Green Day — "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
(Director: Samuel Bayer)
 United States
2006 Gnarls Barkley — "Crazy"
(Director: Robert Hales)
 United Kingdom
2007 Justin Timberlake — "What Goes Around... Comes Around"
(Director: Samuel Bayer)
 United States
2008 Erykah Badu — "Honey"
(Directors: Erykah Badu and Mr. Roboto)
 United States
2009 Green Day — "21 Guns"
(Director: Marc Webb)
 United States
2010 Lady Gaga — "Bad Romance"
(Director: Francis Lawrence)
 Austria
2011 Beastie Boys — "Make Some Noise"
(Director: Adam Yauch)
 United States
2012 M.I.A. — "Bad Girls"
(Director: Romain Gavras)
 Greece
2013 Justin Timberlake (featuring Jay-Z) — "Suit & Tie"
(Director: David Fincher)
 United States
2014 TBA TBA