2020 MVPA Award Nominations Announced

The 2020 MVPA Awards Nominations have been announced, celebrating a wide array of music videos in categories ranging from Genre Awards to Professional Awards, plus a special Lockdown category recognizing work made during the COVID-19 quarantine.

An in-person event is obviously dependent upon Pandemic restrictions, but winners will be announced in the coming weeks, with various roundtables and other activations planned.

Read More for the official press release, with details on the voting process, and the full slate of nominations.

[via press release]

Having made its official return in July, the Music Video Production Association (MVPA) is proud to conclude the year with the nominations for the 2020 MVPA Awards. 

Fuliane Petikyan, President of the MVPA, remarks, “The Awards specifically were created to recognize talent in all the categories amongst our peers. It was important that the launch of the new MVPA included a diverse board that was invested in the growth of our industry and cultivating the creativity in all departments and genres of the production of music videos.”

Having partnered with the UK Music Video Awards this year, any videos by U.S. directors, production companies or artists which were submitted for UKMVA consideration automatically qualified and were entered for the MVPA Awards in that same category.

Petikyan says, “For years we have admired how the UKMVA have invested and produced their awards and by collaborating with them in 2020, we took on those same principles. Louise Stevens, who has been producing the UKMVAs for the last decade, oversaw each phase of voting and vetted all entries for fairness to ensure that no jurors could vote on a music video project they worked on or that their company produced.”

On formulating the judging process for the freshly relaunched MVPA Awards, Louise Stevens says, “We were able to share our knowledge and expertise to make voting in round one available to a large pool of over 120 jurors drawn from all across the industry via our bespoke platform. Our thanks go to those initial jurors whose votes provided us with a long list for each category, which then were taken through to round two.”

In the second round, live judging sessions were held via Zoom over five days. A specially selected panel of MVPA board members and associates spanning a range of disciplines discussed the nominations in each category before they voted in a secret ballot to produce the final shortlist and winner for each award.

Louise Stevens says, “There was some lively discussion, and rigorous attention to detail in the final voting, but the sessions also revealed a shared passion for the work on display and a determination to celebrate the incredible talent behind it. I commend all those who took part for their commitment to the process.” 

Steven Gottlieb, Director of Videostatic, was among the group that participated in round two of voting. Speaking to the welcome return of the MVPA Awards, he says, “It’s the only U.S. video awards show with a specific focus on the producers, directors, and the other creatives and crew who make the videos. Voting this year was a rigorous and serious process involving multiple rounds and screenings to ensure that everything got the appropriate look, and yielded shortlists that reflected the year in music video.”

Dave Hussey, Colorist at Company 3, also voted in the second judging panel, saying, “We had such a great group of judges this year from a wide spectrum of the different disciplines in our business. This enabled us to have a wide perspective of opinions and some lively discussion about the many amazing entrants this year. We had many new and upcoming talents entered as well as quite a few familiar names. It wasn’t easy but we did our best to select some incredible nominees and I’m very satisfied with our selections.”

The winners and a possible awards event will be announced in the coming weeks, pending COVID rules and regulations. Additionally, the MVPA will be hosting various roundtables with nominees this month. Stay tuned for updates by following @themvpa.   

For MVPA Awards sponsorship opportunities or membership information, contact [email protected].

Here is the full list of nominations...


Best Pop Video

  • Doja Cat – Say So
  • Harry Styles – Adore You
  • Rosalía – A Palé
  • Rosalía, Travis Scott – TKN
  • The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

Best R&B/Soul Video

  • Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – Already
  • FKA twigs ft Future – Holy Terrain
  • Marvin Gaye – What's Going On
  • Samm Henshaw – The World Is Mine
  • The Weeknd – Heartless

Best Hip Hop/Rap Video

  • A$AP Rocky – Babushka Boi
  • DaBaby ft Roddy Rich – Rockstar BLM remix
  • Flatbush Zombies – After Life
  • Roddy Ricch – The Box
  • Run The Jewels ft Greg Nice & DJ Premier – Ooh La La

Best Dance/Electronic Video

  • Bronson – Keep Moving
  • Diplo & Sidepiece – On My Mind
  • Disclosure – Energy
  • Saint JHN – Roses (Imanbek remix)
  • Waze & Odyssey, George Michael, Mary J Blige & Tommy Theo – Always

Best Rock Video

  • Joywave – Obsession
  • The Strokes – Bad Decisions
  • The Strokes – Ode To The Mets
  • Yungblud – Hope for the Underrated Youth
  • Yungblud ft Dan Reynolds – Original Me

Best Alternative Video

  • FKA twigs – Sad Day
  • Orville Peck – No Glory In The West
  • Tame Impala – Lost In Yesterday
  • Thom Yorke – Last I Heard (...He was Circling the Drain)
  • Young Fathers – The Revelation

Best International Video

  • Dua Lipa – Break My Heart
  • Dua Lipa – Physical
  • Stormzy – Sounds of the Skeng
  • Stormzy ft Headie One – Audacity
  • Woodkid – Goliath

Best Newcomer Video

  • Alaskan Tapes – And, We Disappear
  • Amy Allen – Difficult
  • Braids – Just Let Me Go
  • Ill Peach – Gum
  • Mild Minds ft Boats – Walls

Best Lockdown Video

  • Anne-Marie ft Doja Cat – To Be Young
  • DaBaby ft Roddy Rich – Rockstar BLM remix
  • Drake – Toosie slide
  • Jorja Smith – Come Over
  • Marshmello & Halsey – Be Kind

Best Special Video Project

  • Beastie Boys Story
  • Beyoncé – Black Is King
  • DaBaby ft Roddy Ricch – Rockstar live on BET Awards 2020
  • Miles Davis – Birth Of The Cool
  • Rosalía – La Rosalía

Best Styling in a Video

  • Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – Already
  • FKA twigs ft Future – Holy Terrain
  • Joywave – Obsession
  • Kygo & Whitney Houston – Higher Love
  • The Weeknd – Heartless

Best Production Design in a Video

  • A$AP Rocky – Babushka Boi
  • Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – Already
  • Billie Eilish – All good girls go to hell
  • DJ Shadow ft De La Soul – Rocket Fuel
  • Taylor Swift – Lover

Best Choreography in a Video

  • Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – Already
  • FKA twigs ft Future – Holy Terrain
  • FKA twigs – Sad Day
  • Kygo & Whitney Houston – Higher Love
  • Rosalía, Travis Scott – TKN

Best Cinematography in a Video

  • Doja Cat – Say So
  • FKA twigs – Sad Day
  • Harry Styles – Adore You
  • Leonard Cohen – The Hills
  • The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

Best Colour Grading in a Video

  • Doja Cat – Say So
  • Eden – Projector
  • Harry Styles – Adore You
  • Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar
  • The Weeknd – After Hours

Best Editing in a Video

  • Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – Already
  • DJ Shadow ft De La Soul – Rocket Fuel
  • FKA twigs – Sad Day
  • Kygo & Whitney Houston – Higher Love
  • The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

Best Visual Effects in a Video

  • Bronson – Keep Moving
  • Flatbush Zombies – After Life
  • Harry Styles – Adore You
  • Taylor Swift – Cardigan
  • Waze & Odyssey, George Michael, Mary J Blige & Tommy Theo – Always

Best Animation in a Video

  • Ashnikko ft Grimes – Cry
  • J Balvin – Azul
  • Moby – My Only Love
  • The Strokes – Ode To The Mets
  • Thom Yorke – Last I Heard (...He Was Circling The Drain)

Best Agent

  • Jamie Rabineau
  • Martijn Hostetler
  • Pattie Sueoka
  • Tommy Labuda
  • Trevor Kossack

Best Commissioner

  • Camille Yorrick
  • Joanna Carter
  • Kate Miller
  • Michelle An
  • Phil Botti

Best Producer

  • Brandon Bonfiglio
  • Fuliane Petikyan
  • Megan Gutman
  • Nathan Scherrer
  • Roisin Audrey Moloney

Best New Director

  • C Prinz
  • Christian Breslauer
  • Daniel Russell
  • Kimberly Stuckwisch
  • Similar But Different

Best Director

  • Anton Tammi
  • Bradley & Pablo
  • Dave Meyers
  • Hannah Lux Davis
  • Warren Fu

Best Production Company

  • freenjoy
  • Iconoclast
  • London Alley Entertainment
  • Prettybird
  • Somesuch

Best Post Production Company

  • CameoFX
  • Ingenuity Studios
  • Sunset Edit
  • The Mill
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