MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography

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The following is a list of MTV Video Music Award winners for Best Cinematography in a Video. Madonna and director of photography Harris Savides are the biggest winners in this category, with 3 wins each. Madonna is also the biggest nominee in the category's history, having received a total of ten nominations. On the side of the professionals, meanwhile, Daniel Pearl is the biggest nominee with nine nominations between 1984 and 2015. He is followed by fellow cinematographers Martin Coppen, who has six nominations, and Harris Savides, Thomas Kloss, and Jeff Cronenweth, all with five.


Year Winner Other nominees
1984 The Police — "Every Breath You Take"
(Director of Photography: Daniel Pearl)
1985 Don Henley — "The Boys of Summer"
(Director of Photography: Pascal Lebègue)
1986 a-ha — "The Sun Always Shines on T.V."
(Director of Photography: Oliver Stapleton)
1987 Robbie Nevil — "C'est La Vie"
(Director of Photography: Mark Plummer)
1988 Sting — "We'll Be Together"
(Director of Photography: Bill Pope)
1989 Madonna — "Express Yourself"
(Director of Photography: Mark Plummer)
1990 Madonna — "Vogue"
(Director of Photography: Pascal Lebègue)
1991 Chris Isaak — "Wicked Game (Concept)"
(Director of Photography: Rolf Kestermann)
1992 Guns N' Roses — "November Rain"
(Directors of Photography: Mike Southon and Daniel Pearl)
1993 Madonna — "Rain"
(Director of Photography: Harris Savides)
1994 R.E.M. — "Everybody Hurts"
(Director of Photography: Harris Savides)
1995 The Rolling Stones — "Love Is Strong"
(Directors of Photography: Garry Waller and Mike Trim)
1996 The Smashing Pumpkins — "Tonight, Tonight"
(Director of Photography: Declan Quinn)
1997 Jamiroquai — "Virtual Insanity"
(Director of Photography: Stephen Keith-Roach)
1998 Fiona Apple — "Criminal"
(Director of Photography: Harris Savides)
1999 Marilyn Manson — "The Dope Show"
(Director of Photography: Martin Coppen)
2000 Macy Gray — "Do Something"
(Director of Photography: Jeff Cronenweth)
2001 Fatboy Slim — "Weapon of Choice"
(Director of Photography: Lance Acord)
2002 Moby — "We Are All Made of Stars"
(Director of Photography: Brad Rushing)
2003 Johnny Cash — "Hurt"
(Director of Photography: Jean-Yves Escoffier)
2004 Jay-Z — "99 Problems"
(Director of Photography: Joaquín Baca-Asay)
2005 Green Day — "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
(Director of Photography: Samuel Bayer)
2006 James Blunt — "You're Beautiful"
(Director of Photography: Robbie Ryan)
2007 No award given
2008 The White Stripes — "Conquest"
(Director of Photography: Wyatt Troll)
2009 Green Day — "21 Guns"
(Director of Photography: Jonathan Sela)
2010 Jay-Z and Alicia Keys — "Empire State of Mind"
(Director of Photography: John Perez)
2011 Adele — "Rolling in the Deep"
(Director of Photography: Tom Townend)
2012 M.I.A. — "Bad Girls"
(Director of Photography: André Chemetoff)
2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (featuring Ray Dalton) — "Can't Hold Us"
(Directors of Photography: Jason Koenig, Ryan Lewis and Mego Lin)
2014 Beyoncé — "Pretty Hurts"
(Directors of Photography: Darren Lew and Jackson Hunt)
2015 Flying Lotus (featuring Kendrick Lamar) — "Never Catch Me"
(Director of Photography: Larkin Sieple)