Who do you think will win the six professional categories at the MTV Video Music Awards? Videos by Beyonce, Eminem, and DJ Snake lead the way, but are they the frontrunners? Start making your predictions below, and to size up the rest of this year’s VMA races, click here.
Most categories at the VMAs are decided by fans, who vote for winners online, but that’s not the case for these six races, where music industry professionals pick the winners. The categories are: Direction, Art Direction, Choreography, Cinematography, Editing, and Visual Effects. Eminem and Beyonce both have videos represented in four of those categories.
Eminem’s “The Monster” (featuring Rihanna) is nominated for Best Direction; it’s helmed by Rich Lee, who was previously nominated for Eminem’s “Not Afraid” in 2010. Lee has another nomination this year, for Visual Effects for “Rap God,” also by Eminem.
“Rap God” scored additional craft bids for Art Direction and Editing. Its editor, Ken Mowe, is one of only four people to have won that category twice; he nabbed consecutive prizes for Gnarls Barkley videos: “Crazy” in 2006 and “Smiley Faces” in 2007.
Beyonce also has a video nominated for Best Direction: “Pretty Hurts,” which is also up for Cinematography and Editing in addition to its bid for Best Social Message Video. Among artists, no one has been better represented in the Editing race than Beyonce, whose videos have received a record-tying two wins and four nominations. Her most recent winner in that category was “Countdown” in 2012.
Beyonce’s “Partition” is nominated for Best Choreography, which represents the 11th nomination for Frank Gatson, who has won a whopping six times for choreographing videos by Beyonce, En Vogue, and Salt-n-Peppa. He’s the most nominated and awarded individual in the category.
Rounding out the Direction nominees is Miley Cyrus‘s “Wrecking Ball,” helmed by Terry Richardson. It’s the only nominee for Direction that is also up for Video of the Year. Does that make it the presumptive favorite? Make your predictions below.