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GRAMMY BEST MUSIC VIDEO WINNERS

The Grammy Awards are the most prestigious in the music business. The Grammy for Best Music Video is an honor presented in various forms since 1984.

7.2/105 ratings
2020
The video acts as a celebration and affirmation of the beauty of dark skin. It depicts a black debutante ball (a tradition in African-American communities in the Southern United States) and showcases various black and brown girls and women. Beyoncé included it in Black Is King, a visual album and film based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift.
7.57/107 ratings
2019
Lil Nas X and Billy Cyrus star as outlaws who travel forward in time to 2019. In our time, people are initially shocked and puzzled by the cowboys, but the quickly fit in - with a horse beating a car in a race down Old Town Road.
9.56/109 ratings
2018
The video starts with a shirtless Gambino dancing through a warehouse, interacting with a series of chaotic scenes. According to director Hiro Murai, the video was inspired by the films Mother! and City of God. It's dense with commentary on racism throughout American history.
8.83/106 ratings
2017
The gorgeous video opens with Kendrick Lamar dressed in all white as the pope before putting him in all black lying on a pile of money. Full of symbolism and social commentary, the HUMBLE. video uses a fisheye lense and other techniques to create intensity.
8.71/107 ratings
2016
Formation was shot in New Orleans, Louisiana, and features references to Hurricane Katrina, antebellum, and Louisiana Creole culture, along with police brutality and racism. Julie Dash's 1991 film Daughters of the Dust inspired the look and feel of the video, which was part of her groundbreaking visual album Lemonade.
7.57/107 ratings
2015
The Bad Blood video is a neo-noir spy film that takes cues from Robocop and Sin City. Taylor Swift teams up with Selena Gomez and Hailee Steinfeld as part of a crime-fighting team.
6.75/104 ratings
2014
Justin Timberlake puts his moves on display in the video for Suit & Tie. It starts with Timberlake preparing for a stage performance. He dresses to the nines and sings and dances in the black-and-white video. Jay-Z joins him.
7.6/105 ratings
2013
Happy was created as a "24-hour music video," which consisted of countless smaller videos showing people dancing to the song around Los Angeles. It was edited down to a shorter four-minute video. Pharrell and his trademark Vivienne Westwood hat appears, as do Magic Johnson, Jamie Foxx, Kelly Osbourne, and other celebrities.
7.8/105 ratings
2011
Often compared to the film Trainspotting, We Found Love tells a story of sex, love, and drug use. Shot in Northern Ireland, the video was an internet sensation and garnered a thousand views for every parent who banned the video from their home.
7.6/105 ratings
2010
The video for Adele's "dark blues-y gospel disco tune" places the singer in an abandoned house surrounded by countless glasses of water that vibrate to the music. Light bulbs burst, and a model city catches on fire as the song's energy crescendos.
8.75/108 ratings
2009
Bad Romance features Gaga inside a surreal white bathhouse where she gets kidnapped by a group of supermodels who drug her and sell her to the Russian mafia for sexual slavery. The music video ends with Gaga killing the man who bought her.
6.33/103 ratings
2008
Many YouTube celebrities joined with the band to film in the video. The video shares some thematic similarities with the music video for the Barenaked Ladies single "Sound of Your Voice," which also featured multiple YouTube celebrities.
6.33/103 ratings
2006
God's Gonna Cut You Down features several celebrities, including Iggy Pop, Kanye West, Chris Martin, Kris Kristofferson, Patti Smith, Terrence Howard, Flea, Q-Tip, Adam Levine, Chris Rock, Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss, Sir Peter Blake, Sheryl Crow, Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson, Amy Lee, Tommy Lee, the Dixie Chicks, Mick Jones, Sharon Stone, Bono, Shelby Lynne, Anthony Kiedis, Travis Barker, Lisa Marie Presley, Kid Rock, Jay-Z, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons, Corinne Bailey Rae, Johnny Depp, Graham Nash, Brian Wilson, Rick Rubin, Owen Wilson, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
8.78/109 ratings
7.75/104 ratings
2004
Vertigo features U2 performing in a featureless desert as black jet streams emit from behind each band member; on the ground is a huge white bulls-eye symbol used as a motif for the album graphics. The circular platform that the band performs on regularly elevates up and down in a spiral pattern as the wind blows in the band's face.
7.67/106 ratings
2004
Lose Control starts in a solid black room with dancers. Later, Elliott is seen buried in sand and slowly emerges in front of three other dancers. Elliott's head is added digitally to a different body. Rows of people dancing outside of a building with the people dressed in vintage clothes and the footage filtered to look very old and grainy with some colors flattened and others oversaturated.
7.86/107 ratings
2002
Without Me features Eminem and Dr. Dre as parodies of superheroes such as Batman, Robin, and Blade trying to save a child who bought a copy of The Eminem Show with a Parental Advisory sticker. Eminem impersonates Osama bin Laden, a TV ad salesman, Moby, and his own mother.
8.6/105 ratings
2002
Johnny Cash's cover of the Nine Inch Nails song introduced him to a whole new generation. Hurt was shot at the Johnny Cash Museum interspersed with clips from Cash's performances and personal video footage.
7.75/108 ratings
2001
Weapon of Choice features Christopher Walken dancing and flying around in the empty Los Angeles Marriott hotel. Walken trained as a tap dancer before his acting career took off. He said the video gave him the opportunity to do "something different."
8.29/107 ratings
1999
Freak on a Leash opens with an animated sequence of children climbing over a chain-link fence to play hopscotch. A guard runs as he sees one girl near the edge when he trips and the gun he is holding fires. The bullet breaks out of the animated world into the real world as it destroys things while narrowly avoiding hitting people.
7.8/105 ratings
1998
Ray of Light is noted for its Koyaanisqatsi-inspired music video, featuring time-lapse images of daily life, from people riding a subway, ordering food, bowling, and children in a classroom to sped-up city-scapes and freeways at night. In most scenes, one person stares directly at the camera, while everyone else goes on with their daily lives.
6/102 ratings
1997
Got 'til It's Gone features Jackson performing in an African club. The video won Best Music Video, Short Form at the Grammy Awards, and Video of the Year at the MVPA Awards. It is featured on the limited edition DVD released with the Special Edition of Jackson's All for You album.
7.67/103 ratings
1995
The music video for "Free as a Bird" depicts, from a bird in flight, many references to Beatles songs, such as "Penny Lane," "Paperback Writer," "A Day in the Life," "Eleanor Rigby," "Helter Skelter," "Piggies," "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill," "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Doctor Robert," and "The Fool on the Hill." Between 80 and 100 allusions to the Beatles' story, music, and lyrics in the video have been estimated
8/107 ratings
1995
Scream has a heavy sci-fi theme and features clips from the anime Akira. It gained 11 MTV Video Music Award Nominations in 1995, more than any other music video. Guinness World Records listed it as the most expensive music video ever made at the cost of $7 million.
5.67/103 ratings
1994
Love Is Strong features giant versions of The Rolling Stones and models roaming around New York City. Acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher directed it.
7/103 ratings
1992
Digging in the Dirt features stop motion animation similar to Gabriel's earlier videos, "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time." The video uses disturbing images to explore the issues in Gabriel's personal life, such as the end of his relationship with Rosanna Arquette, his desire to reconnect with his daughter, and the self-healing he was looking for in therapy.
7/102 ratings
1992
The video for "Steam" was directed by Stephen R. Johnson, who also directed the videos for Gabriel's earlier hits "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time." The director said he wanted to cram the video with as many "things" as possible. The video features digital imagery and numerous instances of sexual symbolism.
8/107 ratings
1991
Losing My Religion begins with a brief sequence inside a dark room where water drips from an open window. A pitcher of milk drops from the windowsill and shatters, and the song begins. Director Tarsem Singh drew inspiration from the Italian painter Caravaggio and Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. The video is laden with religious imagery such as Saint Sebastian and Hindu deities, portrayed in a series of tableau.
8.25/108 ratings
1989
Opposites Attract features Abdul dancing with cartoon character MC Skat Kat. The idea of MC Skat Kat came from the Gene Kelly film Anchors Aweigh, where Kelly dances with Jerry Mouse from the Tom and Jerry cartoon series.
6.75/104 ratings
1988
Leave Me Alone, which was featured in the 1988 film Moonwalker, features an amusement park consisting of stylistically crude images based around Jackson's career. There is an emphasis on the tabloid view of Jackson's personal life and public image. At the end of the video, it is revealed that a gigantic Jackson himself is the amusement park. He breaks free, tearing the park to pieces.
8/105 ratings
1985
The famous charity single raised over $60 million for humanitarian aid. Instantly recognizable and often parodied, the video showcases many celebrity musicians singing in a studio, as Quincy Jones conducts. Among them are Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Cydia Lauper... and the list goes on.
8/103 ratings
1985
The music video uses rotoscoping and shows the band performing, overlaid with images of the First World War. This contrasts with the at-that-time very modern clip in the band's video for "Money for Nothing."
4/103 ratings
1983
Girls on Film, which features topless women mud wrestling and other sexual fetishes, was filmed just two weeks after MTV launched in the United States. It was released together with Hungry Like the Wolf in 1983, and won the first-ever Grammy Award for Music Video of the Year.
7.5/104 ratings
1982
Hungry Like the Wolf features shots of jungles, rivers, elephants, cafes, and marketplaces, evoking the atmosphere of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was released together with Girls on Film in 1983, and won the first-ever Grammy Award for Music Video of the Year.
7.2/105 ratings
2020
The video acts as a celebration and affirmation of the beauty of dark skin. It depicts a black debutante ball (a tradition in African-American communities in the Southern United States) and showcases various black and brown girls and women. Beyoncé included it in Black Is King, a visual album and film based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift.
7.57/107 ratings
2019
Lil Nas X and Billy Cyrus star as outlaws who travel forward in time to 2019. In our time, people are initially shocked and puzzled by the cowboys, but the quickly fit in - with a horse beating a car in a race down Old Town Road.
9.56/109 ratings
2018
The video starts with a shirtless Gambino dancing through a warehouse, interacting with a series of chaotic scenes. According to director Hiro Murai, the video was inspired by the films Mother! and City of God. It's dense with commentary on racism throughout American history.
8.83/106 ratings
2017
The gorgeous video opens with Kendrick Lamar dressed in all white as the pope before putting him in all black lying on a pile of money. Full of symbolism and social commentary, the HUMBLE. video uses a fisheye lense and other techniques to create intensity.
8.71/107 ratings
2016
Formation was shot in New Orleans, Louisiana, and features references to Hurricane Katrina, antebellum, and Louisiana Creole culture, along with police brutality and racism. Julie Dash's 1991 film Daughters of the Dust inspired the look and feel of the video, which was part of her groundbreaking visual album Lemonade.
7.57/107 ratings
2015
The Bad Blood video is a neo-noir spy film that takes cues from Robocop and Sin City. Taylor Swift teams up with Selena Gomez and Hailee Steinfeld as part of a crime-fighting team.
6.75/104 ratings
2014
Justin Timberlake puts his moves on display in the video for Suit & Tie. It starts with Timberlake preparing for a stage performance. He dresses to the nines and sings and dances in the black-and-white video. Jay-Z joins him.
7.6/105 ratings
2013
Happy was created as a "24-hour music video," which consisted of countless smaller videos showing people dancing to the song around Los Angeles. It was edited down to a shorter four-minute video. Pharrell and his trademark Vivienne Westwood hat appears, as do Magic Johnson, Jamie Foxx, Kelly Osbourne, and other celebrities.
7.8/105 ratings
2011
Often compared to the film Trainspotting, We Found Love tells a story of sex, love, and drug use. Shot in Northern Ireland, the video was an internet sensation and garnered a thousand views for every parent who banned the video from their home.
7.6/105 ratings
2010
The video for Adele's "dark blues-y gospel disco tune" places the singer in an abandoned house surrounded by countless glasses of water that vibrate to the music. Light bulbs burst, and a model city catches on fire as the song's energy crescendos.
8.75/108 ratings
2009
Bad Romance features Gaga inside a surreal white bathhouse where she gets kidnapped by a group of supermodels who drug her and sell her to the Russian mafia for sexual slavery. The music video ends with Gaga killing the man who bought her.
6.33/103 ratings
2008
Many YouTube celebrities joined with the band to film in the video. The video shares some thematic similarities with the music video for the Barenaked Ladies single "Sound of Your Voice," which also featured multiple YouTube celebrities.
6.33/103 ratings
2006
God's Gonna Cut You Down features several celebrities, including Iggy Pop, Kanye West, Chris Martin, Kris Kristofferson, Patti Smith, Terrence Howard, Flea, Q-Tip, Adam Levine, Chris Rock, Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss, Sir Peter Blake, Sheryl Crow, Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson, Amy Lee, Tommy Lee, the Dixie Chicks, Mick Jones, Sharon Stone, Bono, Shelby Lynne, Anthony Kiedis, Travis Barker, Lisa Marie Presley, Kid Rock, Jay-Z, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons, Corinne Bailey Rae, Johnny Depp, Graham Nash, Brian Wilson, Rick Rubin, Owen Wilson, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
8.78/109 ratings
7.75/104 ratings
2004
Vertigo features U2 performing in a featureless desert as black jet streams emit from behind each band member; on the ground is a huge white bulls-eye symbol used as a motif for the album graphics. The circular platform that the band performs on regularly elevates up and down in a spiral pattern as the wind blows in the band's face.
7.67/106 ratings
2004
Lose Control starts in a solid black room with dancers. Later, Elliott is seen buried in sand and slowly emerges in front of three other dancers. Elliott's head is added digitally to a different body. Rows of people dancing outside of a building with the people dressed in vintage clothes and the footage filtered to look very old and grainy with some colors flattened and others oversaturated.
7.86/107 ratings
2002
Without Me features Eminem and Dr. Dre as parodies of superheroes such as Batman, Robin, and Blade trying to save a child who bought a copy of The Eminem Show with a Parental Advisory sticker. Eminem impersonates Osama bin Laden, a TV ad salesman, Moby, and his own mother.
8.6/105 ratings
2002
Johnny Cash's cover of the Nine Inch Nails song introduced him to a whole new generation. Hurt was shot at the Johnny Cash Museum interspersed with clips from Cash's performances and personal video footage.
7.75/108 ratings
2001
Weapon of Choice features Christopher Walken dancing and flying around in the empty Los Angeles Marriott hotel. Walken trained as a tap dancer before his acting career took off. He said the video gave him the opportunity to do "something different."
8.29/107 ratings
1999
Freak on a Leash opens with an animated sequence of children climbing over a chain-link fence to play hopscotch. A guard runs as he sees one girl near the edge when he trips and the gun he is holding fires. The bullet breaks out of the animated world into the real world as it destroys things while narrowly avoiding hitting people.
7.8/105 ratings
1998
Ray of Light is noted for its Koyaanisqatsi-inspired music video, featuring time-lapse images of daily life, from people riding a subway, ordering food, bowling, and children in a classroom to sped-up city-scapes and freeways at night. In most scenes, one person stares directly at the camera, while everyone else goes on with their daily lives.
6/102 ratings
1997
Got 'til It's Gone features Jackson performing in an African club. The video won Best Music Video, Short Form at the Grammy Awards, and Video of the Year at the MVPA Awards. It is featured on the limited edition DVD released with the Special Edition of Jackson's All for You album.
7.67/103 ratings
1995
The music video for "Free as a Bird" depicts, from a bird in flight, many references to Beatles songs, such as "Penny Lane," "Paperback Writer," "A Day in the Life," "Eleanor Rigby," "Helter Skelter," "Piggies," "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill," "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Doctor Robert," and "The Fool on the Hill." Between 80 and 100 allusions to the Beatles' story, music, and lyrics in the video have been estimated
8/107 ratings
1995
Scream has a heavy sci-fi theme and features clips from the anime Akira. It gained 11 MTV Video Music Award Nominations in 1995, more than any other music video. Guinness World Records listed it as the most expensive music video ever made at the cost of $7 million.
5.67/103 ratings
1994
Love Is Strong features giant versions of The Rolling Stones and models roaming around New York City. Acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher directed it.
7/103 ratings
1992
Digging in the Dirt features stop motion animation similar to Gabriel's earlier videos, "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time." The video uses disturbing images to explore the issues in Gabriel's personal life, such as the end of his relationship with Rosanna Arquette, his desire to reconnect with his daughter, and the self-healing he was looking for in therapy.
7/102 ratings
1992
The video for "Steam" was directed by Stephen R. Johnson, who also directed the videos for Gabriel's earlier hits "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time." The director said he wanted to cram the video with as many "things" as possible. The video features digital imagery and numerous instances of sexual symbolism.
8/107 ratings
1991
Losing My Religion begins with a brief sequence inside a dark room where water drips from an open window. A pitcher of milk drops from the windowsill and shatters, and the song begins. Director Tarsem Singh drew inspiration from the Italian painter Caravaggio and Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. The video is laden with religious imagery such as Saint Sebastian and Hindu deities, portrayed in a series of tableau.
8.25/108 ratings
1989
Opposites Attract features Abdul dancing with cartoon character MC Skat Kat. The idea of MC Skat Kat came from the Gene Kelly film Anchors Aweigh, where Kelly dances with Jerry Mouse from the Tom and Jerry cartoon series.
6.75/104 ratings
1988
Leave Me Alone, which was featured in the 1988 film Moonwalker, features an amusement park consisting of stylistically crude images based around Jackson's career. There is an emphasis on the tabloid view of Jackson's personal life and public image. At the end of the video, it is revealed that a gigantic Jackson himself is the amusement park. He breaks free, tearing the park to pieces.
8/105 ratings
1985
The famous charity single raised over $60 million for humanitarian aid. Instantly recognizable and often parodied, the video showcases many celebrity musicians singing in a studio, as Quincy Jones conducts. Among them are Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Cydia Lauper... and the list goes on.
8/103 ratings
1985
The music video uses rotoscoping and shows the band performing, overlaid with images of the First World War. This contrasts with the at-that-time very modern clip in the band's video for "Money for Nothing."
4/103 ratings
1983
Girls on Film, which features topless women mud wrestling and other sexual fetishes, was filmed just two weeks after MTV launched in the United States. It was released together with Hungry Like the Wolf in 1983, and won the first-ever Grammy Award for Music Video of the Year.
7.5/104 ratings
1982
Hungry Like the Wolf features shots of jungles, rivers, elephants, cafes, and marketplaces, evoking the atmosphere of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was released together with Girls on Film in 1983, and won the first-ever Grammy Award for Music Video of the Year.

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