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The 2020 MVPA Awards Nominations are Here

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.   

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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



London Alley Entertainment




Best Post Production Company



Ingenuity Studios

Sunset Edit

The Mill