There are a lot of music videos nominated every year at the MMVAs, so to help you familiarize yourself with some of this year’s nominees, we’ve written some important study notes! Here is what you need to know about this year’s nominees for International Video of the Year – Artist.
Demi Lovato – Heart Attack
About the song/video: A dynamic performance video, Heart Attack marks the return of singer Demi Lovato as she rocks out to a song about being afraid to fall in love. The stark black and white theme represents the purity of a person being tainted by the leftover pain of a past relationship.
Fun fact: The panned-back shots of Demi reveal the star in heels, the first time she had worn any since she broke her ankle, but the singer admits that it forced her to be more expressive with her upper body language and face.
Ed Sheeran – Give Me Love
About the song/video: Playing with the idea of Cupid, a girl wanders around the city as she shoots arrows at people, igniting love connections. But, overwhelmed with her own need to find love, and tragedy ensues (or does it?).
Fun fact: The actress who portrays Cupid is Australian Isabel Lucas, who has also been in Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, Red Dawn and Daybreakers.
Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
About the song/video: A tribute to the long marriage of his grandmother and his late grandfather, Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors is an emotional video that combines a number of images telling a love story using special effects to create a mirrored look.
Fun fact: Justin’s grandmother had no clue about the video until her grandson sat her down and watched it with her for the first time, in which she admitted that she cried because she was so touched by the thoughtfulness.
Nicki Minaj – Va Va Voom
About the song/video: Nicki Minaj channels a number of fairytale characters (Sleeping Beauty, Snow White) in her video for Va Va Voom as she takes us through her very own version of a colourful, fantastical fairytale.
Fun fact: Even though she originally tweeted about how great the video will be and how excited she was, Minaj later retracted those statements after the video came out. She now admits that the video only came out because it was decided that Va Va Voom would become a single.
Phillip Phillips – Home
About the song/video: Shot over three days on the road with American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, Home takes us behind the scenes with the musician and gets us up close and personal.
Fun fact: This song was co-written and produced by Drew Pearson, who has also worked with Cody Simpson, Katy Perry, OneRepublic and Mika.