From the boob tube to YouTube, the music video has changed drastically over the last few decades—but they're still an essential part of having a hit single. And MTV's been awarding the best in the art form for 30 years now.
This year, five more artists go head-to-head in the Video of the Year category, all vying for a chance to take home their very own Moonman. For the past six years, a female pop star has won the grand prize. But with only one lady in the category in 2013 (Taylor Swift), it's looking like the guys might be making a comeback.
The VMA for Video of the Year will be handed out live on Sunday, August 25 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, but here's your chance to vote for your favorite. Check out the nominees below, and let us know who you think had the best video this year.
Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
For the lead single off his sophomore effort Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno opted for the old-school, simple video approach: lo-fi footage of the 'fro-ed out singer getting sweaty at his own show.
Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
After six years away from the music scene, JT returned to grace us mere mortals with not one but two new albums, The 20/20 Experience, Part 1 and 2. The video for "Mirrors," the second single off of Part 1, is dedicated to his grandparents and reflects their beautiful love story. (See what I did there?)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Thrift Shop"
Viewed more than 400 million times on YouTube (!!!), the Seattle duo's inescapable hit about secondhand clothing is as fun to sing along to as it is to watch. And it's definitely the best song about "your grandpa's hand-me-downs" ever.
Robin Thicke, "Blurred Lines"
The Unofficial Song of the Summer was so massive that it needed not one, but two versions: The clean one (below) and the explicit one, featuring naked models. Unfair advantage!
Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble"
It's Taylor's most epic video to date, launching her from those cutesy country roots and into [gasp] a rough-and-tumble bar with a very bad boy! Bonus points for the punk rock-inspired pink tips on her hair. It's Taylor 2.0.