Alessia Cara is the least established of this year’s MTV Video Music Award nominees for Video of the Year. The 21-year-old singer has just one previous VMA nomination — Best Pop Video for “Wild Things” in 2016 — and her debut album “Know-It-All” was released just two years ago. But she could follow Katy Perry‘s path to victory by winning for her inspirational video for “Scars to Your Beautiful.” Watch it above, and predict now whether it will win Video of the Year.
Perry won the top prize on the first of her two nominations, for “Firework” in 2011. That was a wildly popular empowerment anthem that included lyrics like “You don’t have to feel like a waste of space / You’re original, cannot be replaced / If you only knew what the future holds / After a hurricane comes a rainbow.” Video of the Year was actually the only victory out of three nominations for “Firework,” which had to overcome Adele‘s blockbuster video for “Rolling in the Deep,” which had a whopping seven bids.
“Scars to Your Beautiful” is also nominated three times this year. It’s also up against a VMA juggernaut with seven nominations, “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar. And it also features empowering lyrics like “But there’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark / You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are / And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart.” And Cara’s video has something “Firework” didn’t have: testimonials from people coping with body-image issues. That moving backdrop could give Cara a boost.
Of course, there are also big differences between “Firework” and “Scars to Your Beautiful” that may not benefit Cara. First, “Firework” was a bigger hit with over one billion YouTube views, compared to 50 million for “Scars.” And while “Firework” had only three nominations that year, Perry had another seven bids for other her other videos. Cara has just one other bid: Best Dancing Video for “Stay,” her collaboration with Zedd.
What do you think? Can Alessia Cara upset her VMA rivals? Make or edit your predictions now, and vote below to let us know who you think should win Video of the Year.