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 – Group.
fun. – Some Nights
About the song/video: Some Nights follows the band into the American Civil War era as soldiers head into combat and Fun. performs in the middle of a battlefield.
Fun fact: This song, along with Fun.’s other hit We Are Young, was covered on Glee.
Jay Z & Kanye West f. Frank Ocean and The-Dream – No Church in the Wild
About the song/video: Recreating scenes that are eerily similar to the Occupy Wall Street movement, No Church in the Wild is an epically shot video that takes a serious turn for the rappers. Neither Jay-Z nor Kanye were in the actual music video, but it was shot on the streets of the Czech Republic by director extraordinaire Romain Gavras.
Fun fact: There were approx. two hundred extras used in this video.
Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
About the song/video: The members of Imagine Dragons are being held hostage in their video for Radioactive, where they are trapped in the midst of an underground puppet-fighting ring.
Fun fact: The puppeteers behind this video are from the studio Puppet Heap, who has also done puppet work for Disney, Coca Cola, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Jonas Brothers – Pom Poms
About the song/video: Cheerleaders, marching bands and, of course, the Jonas Brothers gather at a football field to perform and have a good ol’ fashioned girls vs. boys dance off. The song marks the comeback of the once-Disney stars and proves successful with its uber catchy melody.
Fun fact: This video was shot in New Orleans and features Saints and Hornets cheerleaders as well as the Southern University marching band and even a few JoBros fans.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop
About the song/video: Having amassed over 300 million views on YouTube (making them the 29th most watched video on the site), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Thrift Shop helped launch the career of this rap duo. This video for this song, which give shout outs to thrift shops and its opposing culture to the stereotypically blinged-out rappers, was shot at a number of Seattle stores including Goodwill, Value Village, Red Light Vintage and Fremont Vintage Mall.
Fun fact: They originally wanted to feature a cameo by the legendary Sir Mix-a-Lot, but he never returned their calls.