You’ve seen the nominees for the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, and you may be feeling a lot of feelings: proud, lost, joyful, elated — mostly elated. And that makes perfect sense, because the videos nominated for this year’s Moonmen are the most emotional bunch we’ve had in a while.
Remember the feeling you had the first time you watched Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”? Or how sensual things got when Beyoncé dropped “Drunk in Love”? Now relive those feels-filled memories as I present to you the 2014 Video of the Year nominees.
Miley Cyrus — “Wrecking Ball”
Try not to cry (with joy) that “Wrecking Ball” was nominated. Miley released this Terry Richardson-directed video in September after last year’s VMAs, so if it’s been awhile, feel free to reconnect with Miley’s long-lost feelings of vulnerbility and heartbreak.
Beyoncé — “Drunk in Love,” featuring Jay Z
Emotion: In love, or drunk, depending on how you look at it.
If you’re completely enamored that “Drunk in Love” is nominated, don’t be surprised. Just watching the Carters in this sensual Hype Williams clip has us all worked up. Watch your hand, Jay.
Pharrell — “Happy”
Emotion: Ummmm…. happy, duh.
Can’t help shouting for joy for “Happy”! The video went pretty much viral after its release in May. The video has a 24-hour version, where people like Jimmy Kimmel, Odd Future and JoJo danced around L.A. So get off your feet and celebrate Pharrell’s nomination!
Iggy Azalea — “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX
Emotion: Confident and sassy as f–k.
Get out the way, Iggy’s coming through with “Fancy.” While last year, Azalea was just an Artist to Watch, the Aussie rapper blew up with this “Clueless”-themed video helmed by Director X.
Sia — “Chandelier”
Emotion: Crazy and depressing. Or crazy depressing.
Go insane with pride for your girl Sia, as the video she directed with Dan Askill is ready for your votes. With “Dance Moms” star Maddie Ziegler playing a disturbed Sia, let your sad-crazies out with this clip.