Rihanna is nominated for Video of the Year for the fourth time at the MTV Video Music Awards. She has only ever lost once — to herself. In 2007 she became the youngest solo artist to claim Video of the Year when she won for “Umbrella” (featuring Jay-Z) at age 19. Then she won again in 2012 for “We Found Love” (featuring Calvin Harris), beating her collaboration with Drake, “Take Care.” Now she’s nominated as a featured artist on DJ Khaled‘s “Wild Thoughts” (watch the video above). So far she’s undefeated in the category, but if she wins this time it would be an unprecedented feat. No one has ever won Video of the Year at the VMAs three times.
The first artist to win the top category twice was Eminem. He prevailed in 2000 for “The Real Slim Shady” and again just two years later for “Without Me,” He’s been nominated six times overall, but hasn’t yet been able to pick up a third Moonman.
Rihanna was next to achieve this feat with her second victory in 2012. She was followed by Beyonce, who first won in 2009 for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and then followed that in 2016 with “Formation.” Like Emimem, Beyonce has been nominated six times total in the top race, and she has more total victories than anyone else in VMA history (24).
Perhaps surprisingly, Rihanna has only won three awards competitively, and two of those were Video of the Year. In addition, she also received Monster Single of the Year for “Umbrella.” And then in 2016 she was given the honorary Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Her three bids this year for “Wild Thoughts” brings her career total to 23 nominations; in addition to Video of the Year she’s up for Best Collaboration and Best Art Direction.
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