My 2015 VMA Picks

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Tonight is the night of the MTV Video Music Awards. I’m a sucker for all award shows, as trashy as they may be. Grammy’s, Emmy’s, People’s Choice, Kid’s Choice, SAG Awards, you name it and I force my family to watch it. I realize that MTV is an awful network and all of these awards are probably rigged. I realize that Miley Cyrus might be a very strange host. I also realize that I’m incredibly excited to grab a snack and watch it. I thought that today I would let you know my picks for the 16 different categories. Why are all the nominees the same five artists over and over when so many videos have been released this year? My opinions should probably (definitely) be taken with a grain of salt since I don’t really watch music videos in their entirety unless it’s One Direction and I haven’t seen half of these.

Before I begin let me just start off by saying that I think the “Uptown Funk” video is creepy, The Weeknd bothers me, and Taylor Swift doesn’t need to win every award. Here we go.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR //

  • Beyoncé – “7/11″
  • Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” | Who knew Ed Sheeran could ballroom dance? Give him the credit he deserves on this one.
  • Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
  • Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

BEST MALE VIDEO //

  • Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
  • Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
  • The Weeknd – “Earned It”
  • Nick Jonas – “Chains” | Have you guys SEEN Nick Jonas?

BEST FEMALE VIDEO //

  • Beyoncé – “7/11″
  • Taylor Swift – “Blank Space” | Ellie Goulding was a close runner-up but I’m less tired of this song.
  • Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
  • Sia – “Elastic Heart”
  • Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO //

  • Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
  • Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
  • Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
  • Big Sean ft. E-40 – “I Don’t F–k With You” | Um. I’ve never seen any of these videos. This song just makes me laugh.

BEST POP VIDEO //

  • Beyoncé – “7/11″
  • Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” | Duh.
  • Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
  • Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
  • Maroon 5 – “Sugar”

BEST ROCK VIDEO //

  • Hozier – “Take Me To Church” | The video for this song is so good. 
  • Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”
  • Florence + the Machine – “Ship To Wreck”
  • Walk the Moon – “Shut Up And Dance”
  • Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

ARTIST TO WATCH //

  • Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
  • Vance Joy – “Riptide”
  • George Ezra – “Budapest” | His voice.
  • James Bay – “Hold Back The River”
  • FKA Twigs – “Pendulum”

BEST COLLABORATION //

  • Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
  • Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” | As much as I like Ariana Grande, this song is undeniably catchy.
  • Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
  • Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”
  • Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”

VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE //

  • Jennifer Hudson – “I Still Love You”
  • Colbie Caillat – “Try” | I’ve never heard any of the other songs.
  • Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change The World”
  • Rihanna – “American Oxygen”
  • Wale – “The White Shoes”

BEST ART DIRECTION //

  • Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Charles Infante) | Very artistic, Charles.
  • Snoop Dogg – “So Many Pros” (François Rousselet, Jason Fijal)
  • Jack White – “Would You Fight For My Love” (Jack White, Jeff Peterson)
  • The Chemical Brothers – “Go” (Michel Gondry)
  • Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY //

  • Beyoncé – “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
  • OK Go – “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano) | Don’t you HAVE to vote for OK Go for best choreography? I mean, come on.
  • Chet Faker – “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)
  • Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)
  • Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY //

  • Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
  • Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
  • Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst) | Very cinematic, Christopher.
  • FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
  • Alt-J – “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

BEST DIRECTION //

  • Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)
  • Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars and Cameron Duddy)
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
  • Hozier – “Take Me To Church” (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost) | So powerful.
  • Childish Gambino – “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

BEST EDITING //

  • Beyoncé – “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
  • Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London) | Duh, again.
  • Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
  • A$AP Rocky – “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
  • Skrillex & Diplo “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS //

  • Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios) | Explosions galore.
  • FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
  • Childish Gambino – “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)
  • Skrillex & Diplo “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer, Gloria FX, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
  • Tyler, The Creator – “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

BEST SONG OF THE SUMMER //

  • 5 Seconds Of Summer – “She’s Kinda Hot”
  • David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj – “Hey Mama”
  • Demi Lovato – “Cool For The Summer”
  • Fetty Wap – “My Way”
  • Fifth Harmony – “Worth It” | SO MANY CHOICES. But when I really think about it, this song does remind me the most of the summer months.
  • Major Lazer – “Lean On”
  • OMI – “Cheerleader”
  • Selena Gomez ft. ASAP Rocky – “Good For You”
  • Silento – “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”
  • Skrillex & Diplo ft. Justin Bieber – “Where Are U Now”
  • Taylor Swift – “Bad Blood”
  • The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

– Alex

Let’s Talk Music | Top 10 Pop Songs

When boredom strikes, create another irrelevant blog series. Below is a list of the top 10 songs on the iTunes pop chart as of today, July 29th. As I’ve mentioned before, I love listening to and discovering new music. I’m going to be listening to each song and giving my (very brief and probably biased) opinion of it. Looking at this weeks chart, I’ve actually heard all of these songs before, except for one – which makes my job way easier. I’m also noticing that I’m very strongly opinionated about each of these songs. I either love it or hate it, there’s not really an in between or a song I’m just “eh” about.

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1. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit) – Omi

  • Opinion: I love this song. Even though it’s overplayed, the annoyance hasn’t hit me yet. [7/10]

2. Fight Song – Rachel Platten

  • Opinion: I didn’t like this song at first. Then after hearing it a couple of times I loved it. Now I only love it if I can BLAST it in my car and feel all empowered and stuff. [7.5/10]

3. Good for You (feat. A$AP Rocky) – Selena Gomez

  • Opinion: Do not like. Weird. [2.5/10]

4. Honey, I’m Good. – Andy Grammer

  • Opinion: Has that thing about it that gets it stuck in your head for days. Actually all of these songs do. I don’t really understand the message of it but it’s fun. I don’t get why people think it’s a country song. [8.5/10]

5. Marvin Gaye (feat. Meghan Trainor) – Charlie Puth

  • Opinion: Love. I really have not liked a single one of Meghan Trainor’s other songs but this one is great, maybe because Charlie Puth sings more than her. [9/10]

6. Cool for the Summer – Demi Lovato

  • Opinion: Nope. I’ve liked every other Demi Lovato single that she has ever released (I checked) but not this one. [2/10]

7. Worth It (feat. Kid Ink) – Fifth Harmony

  • Opinion: It’s so good. I’m not even embarrassed to say that. [8/10]

8. Bad Blood (feat. Kendrick Lamar) – Taylor Swift

  • Opinion: Not my favorite track off of 1989, but still good and fun to sing along with. [8/10]

9. Stitches – Shawn Mendes

  • Opinion: This is the song I had never heard before. Not a fan. I like some of his other songs (I think I have two others downloaded) but this one isn’t the greatest. I don’t like the obvious rhyming. If you listen to the song you’ll get what I mean. [3/10]

10. Fire N Gold – Bea Miller

  • Opinion: Like. Wishing I had played this on the 4th of July because it gives me that vibe. [8/10]