Bruno Mars is nominated six times at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards including Video of the Year for his “Finesse” remix featuring Cardi B. The video (watch it above) is a loving homage to the 1990s sketch comedy “In Living Color,” and he’s hoping that dose of nostalgia will finally be his ticket to a victory in the top race. This is his fifth try for Video of the Year, but he still hasn’t won.
In 2011 Mars was nominated for the first time for one of his breakthrough solo hits, “Grenade,” but fans voted for Katy Perry‘s “Firework” instead.
Then in 2013 Mars was up for “Locked Out of Heaven,” the lead single from his second album, “Unorthodox Jukebox.” But voters went for Justin Timberlake‘s “Mirrors.”
In 2015 he had inarguably one of the year’s biggest hits with “Uptown Funk,” his collaboration with Mark Ronson. They went on to win the Grammy for Record of the Year, but despite its popularity MTV fans preferred “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar.
And just last year Mars picked up his fourth nom for “24K Magic,” the lead single from his latest album of the same name. Again he ended up winning the Grammy for Record of the Year (not to mention Album of the Year), but the VMAs still locked him out, giving the top prize to Kendrick Lamar for “Humble.”
Mars hasn’t been completely persona non grata at the VMAs; he’s got a pair of Moonmen on his mantel. Even though he lost the top prize for “Locked Out of Heaven” in 2013, it still won him the award for Best Male Video. And the same year he claimed Best Choreography for “Treasure.”
But as of this writing we’re not expecting him to take top honors for “Finesse.” Based on the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users, he ranks fifth out of six nominees with odds of 9/2, though one of our All-Star Top 24 Users, who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ VMA predictions, thinks Mars will pull off an upset.
We think Childish Gambino is currently the man to beat thanks to his widely discussed, politically charged “This is America” video. He’s out front with 4/5 odds. Do you agree, or will Mars finally finesse his way to a victory with help from Cardi B?
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