The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards don't officially get underway until this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, but there are already several Moonman recipients to announce: the winners in the "Professional Categories," those folks who work behind the scenes on videos for , , the and others.
Taking the Best Choreography award is choreographer Mikey Rooney for Gnarls Barkley's "Run" video, which beat out Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss" and "Forever" videos, Adele's "Chasing Pavements" and the Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up." "Run" also received the Best Art Direction kudos for Happy and Kells Jesse. Others nominated in that category were MGMT's "Electric Feel," the Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up," Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" and the White Stripes' "Conquest."
Erykah Badu and Mr. Roboto won Best Direction for "Honey," edging out Panic at the Disco's "Nine in the Afternoon," Linkin Park's "Shadow of the Day," Rihanna's "Take a Bow" and the Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up." The Moonman for Best Editing goes to Death Cab for Cutie's "I Will Possess Your Heart" editors Aaron Stewart-Ahn and Jeff Buchanan, who triumphed over Perry's "I Kissed a Girl," Weezer's "Pork and Beans," Ne-Yo's "Closer" or Badu's "Honey."
Wyatt Troll was named the winner in the Best Cinematography category for the White Stripes' "Conquest," beating Death Cab's "I Will Possess Your Heart," the Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up," Badu's "Honey" and Perry's "I Kissed a Girl." Finally, SoMe and Jonas & François picked up Best Special Effects for Kanye West's "Good Life" clip, winning over Missy Elliott's "Ching-a-Ling/ Shake Your Pom Pom," Linkin Park's "Bleed It Out," Coldplay's "Violet Hill" and Badu's "Honey."
This year's VMAs, hosted by British comic and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" co-star Russell Brand, will feature live performances by Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, T.I., Pink, Paramore, the Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, Kid Rock, Katy Perry, Lupe Fiasco, the Ting Tings, DJ AM and Travis Barker, and an appearance from Britney Spears. Presenters scheduled to hand out Moonmen Sunday night include Michael Phelps, Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, Ashlee Simpson, Scarlett Johansson, John Legend, Kobe Bryant, Leona Lewis, Paris Hilton, Slash, Taylor Swift, Shia Labeouf, Ciara, Jamie Foxx, Chace Crawford , Christopher Mintz-Plasse and the stars of "High School Musical," "The Hills" and "Twilight."