MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction

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

The MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction in a Video is a craft award given to the artist, the artist's manager, and the director of the music video. In 2007, the award was briefly renamed Best Director, but it returned to its original name for the 2008 awards. The biggest winners are Spike Jonze and David Fincher with three wins each, although one of Jonze's wins is credited as the "Torrance Community Dance Group".

The most nominated director is David Fincher with eight nominations. Remarkably, seven of Fincher's nominations were achieved in a three-year span (1989-1991), as he was nominated a record three times in both 1989 and 1990. Fincher's latest nomination (and win) occurred over twenty years later in 2013 for his video for "Suit & Tie." Closely following them is Francis Lawrence with six nominations. Hype Williams is the director with most nominations and no wins at five.

The performer whose videos have won the most awards is Madonna, whose videos have garnered three direction Moonmen. However, Eminem's videos have received the most nominations with seven.

Four performers have won a Moonman in this category for their work directing/co-directing their videos: George Michael ("Father Figure"), Beck ("The New Pollution"), Erykah Badu ("Honey"), and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys ("Make Some Noise"). An additional six other performers have been nominated for their work co-directing/directing videos: Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Christina Aguilera, Jared Leto (as Bartholomew Cubbins), Ryan Lewis, and Bruno Mars.

Recipients[edit]

Year Winner(s) Work Performer(s) Nominees Ref.
1984 Tim Newman "Sharp Dressed Man" ZZ Top [1]
1985 Mondino, Jean-BaptisteJean-Baptiste Mondino "The Boys of Summer" Don Henley [2]
1986 Steven Barron "Take On Me" a-ha [3]
1987 Johnson, Stephen R.Stephen R. Johnson "Sledgehammer" Peter Gabriel [4]
1988 Andy Morahan and George Michael "Father Figure" George Michael [5]
1989 Fincher, DavidDavid Fincher "Express Yourself" Madonna [6]
1990 Fincher, DavidDavid Fincher "Vogue" Madonna [7]
1991 Tarsem "Losing My Religion" R.E.M. [8]
1992 Mark Fenske "Right Now" Van Halen [9]
1993 Pellington, MarkMark Pellington "Jeremy" Pearl Jam [10]
1994 Jake Scott "Everybody Hurts" R.E.M. [11]
1995 Jonze, SpikeSpike Jonze "Buddy Holly" Weezer [12]
1996 Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris "Tonight, Tonight" The Smashing Pumpkins [13]
1997 Beck Hansen "The New Pollution" Beck [14]
1998 Åkerlund, JonasJonas Åkerlund "Ray of Light" Madonna [15]
1999 Torrance Community Dance Group "Praise You" Fatboy Slim [16]
2000 Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris "Californication" Red Hot Chili Peppers [17]
2001 Jonze, SpikeSpike Jonze "Weapon of Choice" Fatboy Slim [18]
2002 Kahn, JosephJoseph Kahn "Without Me" Eminem [19]
2003 Thraves, JamieJamie Thraves "The Scientist" Coldplay [20]
2004 Romanek, MarkMark Romanek "99 Problems" Jay-Z [21]
2005 Bayer, SamuelSamuel Bayer "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" Green Day [22]
2006 Robert Hales "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley [23]
2007 Bayer, SamuelSamuel Bayer "What Goes Around... Comes Around" Justin Timberlake [24]
2008 Badu, ErykahErykah Badu and Mr. Roboto "Honey" Erykah Badu [25]
2009 Webb, MarcMarc Webb "21 Guns" Green Day [26]
2010 Lawrence, FrancisFrancis Lawrence "Bad Romance" Lady Gaga [27]
2011 Yauch, AdamAdam Yauch "Make Some Noise" Beastie Boys [28]
2012 Gavras, RomainRomain Gavras "Bad Girls" M.I.A. [29]
2013 Fincher, DavidDavid Fincher "Suit & Tie" Justin Timberlake (featuring Jay-Z) [30]
2014 DANIELS "Turn Down for What" DJ Snake and Lil Jon [31]
2015 Tilley, ColinColin Tilley and the Little Homies "Alright" Kendrick Lamar [32]

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