The main objective in making a music video is, of course, to showcase and promote the song in question. However, thanks to visionary artists, producers and directors, they've become much bigger productions, not to mention career launching pads for aspiring actors and models.
In honor of Lady Gaga's elaborate vid for "Judas," with Rick Gonzalez as Jesus and Norman Reedus as the title betrayer, we decided to turn our eyes and minds toward highlighting the hottest "man candy" in recent videos. (This isn't a sexist project, by the way: We already listed our favorite actresses-turned-video vixens when Megan Fox lit up the small screen in Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" clip.)
Matt Felker in Britney Spears' "Toxic"
This blond, Wisconsin-born hottie set hearts aflutter with his stint as a sexy theft victim/ Mile High Club applicant in Spears' high-flyin' spy thriller. Felker started out as a model and has been trying to get into the acting world as well.
Willy Monfret in Nicki Minaj's "Right Thru Me"
That French accent! Those blue-green eyes! Full-time model Monfret is pretty much the definition of man candy as Minaj's love interest in "Right Thru Me." His "performance" consists of our favorite major components: smoldering glances and shirtlessness.
Josh Kloss in Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream"
Another man who knows which notes to hit (see "smoldering" and "shirtlessness" above), Josh Kloss likely appeared in many teenage dreams after Perry's video hit. The former cowboy-turned-actor told People he's a hopeless romantic/hero type. Swoon.
William Levy in Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Into You"
Outside of his frolicking on the beach with Lopez, this Latin heartthrob is currently steaming up the small screen as Maximiliano Sandoval in Televisa's popular soap opera "Triunfo del Amor."
Dominic Monaghan in Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie"
It's not that we weren't aware of Monaghan's attractiveness before, but he seemed more cute/adorable vs. flat-out hot. And then Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" dropped, and we saw a new passionate and intense side to Monaghan that has us intrigued (save for the punching through walls part, though).
Those of us who came of age in the '90s remember a few videos that introduced us to some key heartthrobs:
» Antonio Sabato Jr., batting his pretty lashes at Janet Jackson in her gorgeous "Love Will Never Do (Without You).
» Tyson Beckford, for taking a shower with Toni Braxton in "Un-break My Heart."
» Stephen Dorff for breaking Alicia Silverstone's heart (and later making her jump off a bridge) in Aerosmith's "Cryin'." Bonus points go out to Dorff for also appearing in Britney Spears' "Everytime," which he recently revisited with us.
Who did we miss? Who is your favorite music-video man candy? Tell us in the comments!