MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video

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The MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video initially awarded to Best Director, but in 1997 the category was renamed to Best Video. The winner of this category is chosen by MTV. Whale became the first winners, the first band to win and also the first European act to win the award. Moby became the first non-European winner and the first American winner. In 2001, The Avalanches became the first Australian winners. In 2012, Psy became the first Asian artist and the first non-American act to win this after of four consecutive years of American winners.


Year Winner Nominees
1994 Whale — "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe"
(directed by Mark Pellington)
1995 Massive Attack — "Protection"
(directed by Michel Gondry)
1997 The Prodigy — "Breathe"
(directed by Walter Stern)
1998 Massive Attack — "Tear Drop"
(directed by Walter Stern)
1999 Blur — "Coffee & TV"
(directed by Hammer and Tongs)


Year Winner Nominees
2000 Moby — "Natural Blues"
(directed by David LaChapelle)
2001 The Avalanches — "Since I Left You"
(directed by Blue Source)
2002 Röyksopp — "Remind Me"
(directed by H5)
2003 Sigur Rós — "Untitled 1"
(directed by Floria Sigismondi)
2004 Outkast — "Hey Ya!"
(directed by Bryan Barber) [vma-w]
2005 The Chemical Brothers — "Believe"
(directed by Dom and Nic)
2006 Justice vs. Simian — "We Are Your Friends"
(directed by Rozan and Schmeltz)
2007 Justice — "D.A.N.C.E"
(directed by Jonas and François) [vma-n]
2008 Thirty Seconds to Mars — "A Beautiful Lie"
(directed by Angakok Panipaq)
2009 Beyoncé — "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
(directed by Jake Nava) [vma-w]


Year Winner Nominees
2010 Katy Perry (featuring Snoop Dogg) — "California Gurls"
(directed by Mathew Cullen)
2011 Lady Gaga — "Born This Way"
(directed by Nick Knight)
2012 Psy — "Gangnam Style"
(directed by Yang Hyun Suk)
2013 Miley Cyrus — "Wrecking Ball"
(directed by Terry Richardson) [vma-w]
2014 Katy Perry (featuring Juicy J) — "Dark Horse"
(directed by Mathew Cullen)
2015 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — "Downtown"
(directed by Ryan Lewis, Macklemore and Jason Koenig)
^[vma-w] Music video also won Video of the Year at MTV Video Music Award
^[vma-n] Music video also nominated for Video of the Year at MTV Video Music Award


Number of European Nominations Total Number
38 89

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