Grammy Award for Best Music Video

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Grammy Award for Best Music Video
Awarded forQuality short form music videos
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1984
Currently held by"Brown Skin Girl" (2021)
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Music Video is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, [1] to performers, directors, and producers of quality short form music videos. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". [2]

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Originally called the Grammy Award for Best Video, Short Form, the award was first presented in 1984, as was a similar award for Best Long Form Music Video. From 1986 to 1997, the category name was changed to Best Music Video, Short Form. However, in 1988 and 1989, the award criteria were changed and the video awards were presented under the categories Best Concept Music Video and Best Performance Music Video. The awards were returned to the original format in 1990. The category was called Best Short Form Music Video until 2012, from 2013 it was shortened to Best Music Video. [3] Award recipients include the performers, directors, and producers associated with the winning videos, except for its first two years when the Grammy went to the performing artist only. For unknown reasons, the award for the Best Music Video in 1987 - Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits - went to the band only, not to the director(s) and/or producer(s).

Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Johnny Cash, Kendrick Lamar, and Beyoncé hold the record for the most wins as a performer in this category, with two each. Mark Romanek holds the record for the most wins as a director, with a total of three. Icelandic singer Björk holds the record for the most nominations as a performer without a win, with four.

Recipients

Two-time award winner Michael Jackson won awards for the videos to the songs "Leave Me Alone" and "Scream" with his sister Janet. Michael Jackson 1984.jpg
Two-time award winner Michael Jackson won awards for the videos to the songs "Leave Me Alone" and "Scream" with his sister Janet.
1991 award winner for "Opposites Attract", Paula Abdul Paula Abdul (1990).jpg
1991 award winner for "Opposites Attract", Paula Abdul
1999 award winner, Madonna, performing "Ray of Light" on the Confessions Tour Ray of light confessions.jpg
1999 award winner, Madonna, performing "Ray of Light" on the Confessions Tour
2002 award winner for directing the music video for "Weapon of Choice", Spike Jonze SpikeJonze1SecondFilm.jpg
2002 award winner for directing the music video for "Weapon of Choice", Spike Jonze
Members of the band OK Go, among winners of the 2007 award for "Here It Goes Again", performing in 2006 OKGo.jpg
Members of the band OK Go, among winners of the 2007 award for "Here It Goes Again", performing in 2006
2011 award winner for "Bad Romance", Lady Gaga Bad Romance on The Monster Ball Tour.jpg
2011 award winner for "Bad Romance", Lady Gaga
2012 award winner for "Rolling in the Deep", Adele Adele 2016.jpg
2012 award winner for "Rolling in the Deep", Adele
2013 award winner for "We Found Love", Rihanna Rihanna Cologne 2013 03.jpg
2013 award winner for "We Found Love", Rihanna
2014 award winner for "Suit & Tie", Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake 2014 February 3.jpg
2014 award winner for "Suit & Tie", Justin Timberlake
1995 and 2014 winner David Fincher. David Fincher (2012) 3.jpg
1995 and 2014 winner David Fincher.
2016 winner Taylor Swift for "Bad Blood" Taylor Swift 1989 Tour at Ford Field in Detroit, 5-30-15.jpg
2016 winner Taylor Swift for "Bad Blood"
Beyonce has won the award twice for "Formation" and "Brown Skin Girl" FWT1.jpg
Beyoncé has won the award twice for "Formation" and "Brown Skin Girl"
2018 winner Kendrick Lamar for "Humble" Kendrick Lamar 3 F.I.B. 2016 (cropped).jpg
2018 winner Kendrick Lamar for "Humble"
2019 winner Childish Gambino for "This is America" Donald Glover TIFF 2015.jpg
2019 winner Childish Gambino for "This is America"
Year [I] WorkPerforming artist(s)Director(s)/Video producer(s) [II] NomineesRef.
1984 "Girls on Film"/"Hungry Like the Wolf" Duran Duran Kevin Godley and Lol Creme/Russell Mulcahy [4]
1985 "Jazzin' for Blue Jean" David Bowie Julien Temple [5]
1986 "We Are the World – The Video Event" USA for Africa Tom Trbovich (Director)/Quincy Jones (Producer) [6]
1987 "Brothers in Arms" Dire Straits N/A [7]
1988 [III] N/AN/AN/AN/A [8]
1989 [III] N/AN/AN/AN/A [9]
1990 "Leave Me Alone" Michael Jackson Jim Blashfield (Director)
Jim Blashfield, Paul Diener, Frank DiLeo & Jerry Kramer (Producers)
[10]
1991 "Opposites Attract" Paula Abdul Michael Patterson & Candice Reckinger (Directors)
Sharon Oreck (Producer)
[11]
1992 "Losing My Religion" R.E.M. Tarsem (Director)
Dave Ramser (Producer)
[12]
1993 "Digging in the Dirt" Peter Gabriel John Downer (Director/Producer) [13]
1994 "Steam" Peter Gabriel Stephen R. Johnson (Director)
Prudence Fenton (Producer)
[14]
1995 "Love Is Strong" The Rolling Stones David Fincher (Director)
Cean Chaffin (Producer)
[15]
1996 "Scream" Janet Jackson & Michael Jackson Mark Romanek (Director)
Cean Chaffin (Producer)
[16]
1997 "Free as a Bird" The Beatles Joe Pytka (Director)
Vincent Joliet (Producer)
[17]
1998 "Got 'til It's Gone" Janet Jackson Mark Romanek (Director)
Aris McGarry (Producer)
[18]
1999 "Ray of Light" Madonna Jonas Åkerlund (Director)
Nicola Doring & Billy Proveda (Producers)
[19]
2000 "Freak on a Leash" Korn Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Todd McFarlane & Graham Morris (Directors)
Terry Fitzgerald & Bart Lipton (Producers)
[20]
2001 "Learn to Fly" Foo Fighters Jesse Peretz (Director)
Tina Nakane (Producer)
[21]
2002 "Weapon of Choice" Fatboy Slim ft. Bootsy Collins Spike Jonze (Director)
Vincent Landay & Deannie O'Neill (Producers)
[22]
2003 "Without Me" Eminem Joseph Kahn (Director)
Greg Tharp (Producer)
[23]
2004 "Hurt" Johnny Cash Mark Romanek (Director)
Aris McGarry (Producer)
[24]
2005 "Vertigo" U2 Alex and Martin (Directors)
Grace Bodie (Producer)
[25]
2006 "Lose Control" Missy Elliott ft. Ciara & Fatman Scoop Missy Elliott & Dave Meyers (Directors)
Joseph Sasson (Producer)
[26]
2007 "Here It Goes Again" OK Go Dan Konopka, Damian Kulash, Jr., Timothy Nordwind, Andy Ross & Trish Sie (Directors/Producers) [27]
2008 "God's Gonna Cut You Down" Johnny Cash Tony Kaye (Director)
Rachel Curl (Producer)
[28]
2009 "Pork and Beans" Weezer Mathew Cullen (Director)
Bernard Rahill (Producer)
[29]
2010 "Boom Boom Pow" The Black Eyed Peas Mark Kudsi & Mathew Cullen (Directors)
Javier Jimenez, Anna Joseph & Patrick Nugent (Producers)
[30]
2011 "Bad Romance" Lady Gaga Francis Lawrence (Director)
Kathy Angstadt, Nicole Ehrlich & Heather Heller (Producers)
[31]
2012 "Rolling in the Deep" Adele Sam Brown (Director)
Hannah Chandler (Producer)
[32]
2013 "We Found Love" Rihanna
Calvin Harris
Melina Matsoukas (Director)
Juliette Larthe, Candice Ouaknine, Ben Sullivan & Inga Veronique (Producers)
[33]
2014 "Suit & Tie" Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z David Fincher (Director)
Timory King (Producer)
[34]
2015 "Happy" Pharrell Williams We Are from LA (Pierre Dupaquier & Clement Durou) (Directors)
Kathleen Heffernan, Solal Micenmacher, Jett Steiger & Cedric Troadec (Producers)
[35]
2016 "Bad Blood" Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar Joseph Kahn (Director)
Ron Mohrhoff (Producer)
[36]
2017 "Formation" Beyoncé Melina Matsoukas (Director)
Nathan Scherrer (Producer)
2018 "Humble" Kendrick Lamar The Little Homies & Dave Meyers (Directors)
Jason Baum, Dave Free, Jamie Rabineau, Nathan K. Scherrer & Anthony Tiffith (Producers)
[37]
2019 "This Is America" Childish Gambino Hiro Murai (Director)
Ibra Ake, Jason Cole & Fam Rothstein (Producers)
[38]
2020 "Old Town Road" Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus Calmatic (Director)
Candice Dragonas, Melissa Larsen & Saul Levitz (Producers)
[39]
2021 "Brown Skin Girl" Beyoncé & Wizkid featuring Blue Ivy Carter Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Jenn Nkiru (directors); Lauren Baker, Astrid Edwards, Nathan Scherrer and Erinn Williams (producers)
[40]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] Director(s) are only indicated if they were presented with a Grammy Award.
^[III] Award was not presented. Music video categories presented this year included Best Concept Music Video and Best Performance Music Video.

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