Jonas Akerlund In The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Director Spotlight

Jonas Akerlund is an odd duck amongst 2009 MTV VMA nominees with past Hollywood feature experience. He’s been around for a long time, though not always as a director. In the early ’80s, Akerlund was a member of the Swedish metal band, Bathory. His first gig directing a music video was for “Bewitched,” by Candlemass (another Swedish metal outfit), in 1988.

Akerlund hit it big with his work for Roxette in the early ’90s, and he went on to direct a number of well-received music videos for Prodigy (“Smack My B-tch Up”), U2 (“Beautiful Day”) and Metallica (“Whiskey in the Jar”). He also did a number of videos for Madonna, including 1998’s “Ray of Light,” which earned him a Moonman for Best Direction. Check out Akerlund’s video for Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” below, then hit the jump for more.

Akerlund made his feature debut in 2002 with the speed-fueled dramedy “Spun.” He didn’t return to Hollywood until 2009, with Lionsgate’s horror/thriller “Horsemen,” starring Dennis Quaid and Zhang Ziyi. You can check out the trailer for that one below.