MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction

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MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction
Awarded for art direction
Country United States
Presented by MTV
First awarded 1984
Last awarded 2015
Official website VMA website

The MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction in a Video is a craft award given to both the artist as well as the art director of the music video. The biggest winner is K. K. Barrett who won back-to-back awards in 1996 and 1997. No other art director has won multiple times.

The most nominated art directors are Tom Foden and Laura Fox with four nominations each. Closely following them are K.K. Barret, Bryan Jones, and Nigel Phelps with three nominations each.

The performer whose videos have won the most awards is Red Hot Chili Peppers. However, Madonna's videos have received the most nominations with six.

No performer has won a Moonman in this category for their work as an art director. Jamie Hewlett ("Clint Eastwood") and Jack White ("Would You Fight for My Love?") are the only performers to have been nominated for their work in this category.


Year Winner(s) Work Performer(s) Nominees Ref.
1984 Whiting, JimJim Whiting and Godley & Creme "Rockit" Herbie Hancock
1985 Bryan Jones "The Boys of Summer" Don Henley
1986 Cobb, RonRon Cobb "Rough Boy" ZZ Top
1987 Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay "Sledgehammer" Peter Gabriel
1988 Clive Crotty and Mick Edwards "Hourglass" Squeeze
1989 Holgar Gross and Vance Lorenzini "Express Yourself" Madonna
1990 Martin Lasowitz "Love Shack" The B-52's
1991 José Montaño "Losing My Religion" R.E.M.
1992 Nick Goodman and Robertino Mazati "Give It Away" Red Hot Chili Peppers
1993 Jan Peter Flack "Rain" Madonna
1994 Bernadette Disanto "Heart-Shaped Box" Nirvana
1995 Tom Foden "Scream" Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
1996 Barrett, K. K.K. K. Barrett and Wayne White "Tonight, Tonight" The Smashing Pumpkins
1997 Barrett, K. K.K. K. Barrett "The New Pollution" Beck
1998 Samantha Gore "Bachelorette" Björk
1999 Gideon Ponte "Doo Wop (That Thing)" Lauryn Hill
2000 Colin Strause "Californication" Red Hot Chili Peppers
2001 Val Wilt "Weapon of Choice" Fatboy Slim
2002 Tim Hope "Trouble" Coldplay
2003 Hopewell, ChrisChris Hopewell "There There" Radiohead
2004 Eric Beauchamp "Hey Ya!" Outkast
2005 Zach Matthews "What You Waiting For?" Gwen Stefani
2006 Justin Dragonis "Dani California" Red Hot Chili Peppers
2007 no award
2008 Happy Massee and Kells Jesse "Run" Gnarls Barkley
2009 Jason Hamilton "Paparazzi" Lady Gaga
2010 Louise Corcoran and Aldene Johnson "Dog Days Are Over" Florence and the Machine
2011 Nathan Parker "Rolling in the Deep" Adele
2012 Benji Bamps "Wide Awake" Katy Perry
2013 Veronica Logsdon "Q.U.E.E.N." Janelle Monáe (featuring Erykah Badu)
2014 Masaro, AnastasiaAnastasia Masaro "Reflektor" Arcade Fire
2015 François Rousselet and Jason Fijal "So Many Pros" Snoop Dogg [1]