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Why Beyoncé Deserves The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

August 7th, 2014

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The Queen Bey has been righteously selected to receive the MTV Video Music Awards’ Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Her music videos definitely stand out as some of the best of the past 10 years. Just ask Kanye. Unless he is sour that he didn’t get the award this year. She also leads the pack with eight nominations this year, more than anyone else. AND she will be performing at the show for the fourth time. Imagine if she does another pregnancy mic drop. IMAGINE!

Past winners of the award include Michael Jackson (duh), Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, Red Hot Chili Peppers and last year Justin Timberlake. There is plenty of evidence why she should receive this award, but we have focused in on the five best examples.

Exhibit A:
Crazy In Love ft. Jay-Z This video really set the stage for her career as a solo artist. The outfits. The dance movies. The huge scope. And her bae. Plus, I don’t think fans have ever been used with such expertise before or since.

Exhibit B:
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) One of the greatest music videos of all time. It isn’t just Kanye who thinks that. I’m pretty sure that feeling is held across the board with music lovers. The simplicity of this music video is it’s genius. And I bet you could ask any random uncle or cousin or grandma at your family reunion and they would all know at least part of the Single Ladies dance.

Exhibit C:
Why Don’t You Love Me This is my favourite video. Maybe because I have a certain love for the retro pin-up look that Beyoncé rocks. The style is so different than any of her other videos. It works so well with this song and it took genius director Melina Matsoukas to nail it. And I want every one of her outfits.

Exhibit D:
Run The World (Girls) This may be Beyoncé’s second most iconic music video. It has a lot to do with the incredibly innovative dance sequences. I stand by the idea that the more dancers the better (exception: Single Ladies). The epic scale of the climactic dance scene adds to the call to action feel of the song. And giant hyenas.

Exhibit E:
Pretty Hurts There are so many music videos from Beyoncé, her most recent album. I mean there is one for every damn song. But everyone loves a good story telling video. Again directed my Melina Matsoukas, this video also has a style of its own. The video translates the message of the song so well. Plus, how can you resist the old footage of little Bey at the end. “I love you Houston. *muah*”

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