MTV Video Music Awards: Where to stream and follow all the hot young talent
Best Pop Video
Bruno Mars: “Locked Out of Heaven”
Justin Timberlake: “Mirrors”
Fun.: “Carry On”
Fun. is a band for people who don't like to have any fun. (I assume I’m the first person to make that joke.) Their single “Carry On” sounds like an Irish drinking song, but still manages not to be any fun.
For more: You can get more no-fun at Spotify, keep up with the band’s comings and goings on Twitter (@OurNameIsFun), see more of the band’s video hits on the label’s YouTube channel, or find more information on the official site or on Wikipedia.
Miley Cyrus: “We Can’t Stop”
Selena Gomez: “Come and Get It”
Here’s another former child actress turned pop singer. Gomez, as I’m sure you know, got her start on that famous star-making machine Barney and Friends back in the early 2000s. A note on the video: If you want to get to the actual song, you have to fast-forward through about 40 seconds of some colorful art film.
For more: You can check out more tunes at Spotify or on Soundcloud, see what she thinks about the world at any minute on Twitter (@selenagomez) and on Facebook, catch up on some of her past videos on YouTube, and learn more on her official site or her Wikipedia page.
Best Rock Video
Imagine Dragons: “Radioactive”
While the song takes itself way too seriously, we have to give extra points to the video for being a silly tale about an underground fight club run by Lou Diamond Philips involving stuffed animals. Seriously. That’s a fun time.
For more: Get more dragons on Spotify or on Soundcloud, see what the group is up to on Twitter (@ImagineDragons), follow the band on Facebook, catch some more videos on the YouTube channel, and learn more about the band on the official site or on Wikipedia.
Fall Out Boy: “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”
Even if you don’t like the song, at least the video has some fire in it. I suppose there are worse things to look at for three minutes.
For more: You can get a bunch of Fall Out Boy tunes on Spotify or on Soundcloud, follow the band on Twitter (@falloutboy), peruse the group’s video hits on YouTube or learn more on the official site or on Wikipedia.
Mumford & Sons: “I Will Wait”
This UK quartet won a Grammy this year for album of the year. I suppose this folksy tune fits in the category of “rock,” but that’s more due to the VMA’s dearth of actual music categories.
For more: You can hear more stompin’ and harmonizing on Spotify, check out the band’s tweets (@mumfordandsons), see more video on YouTube, and get more background on the official site and on Wikipedia.
Thirty Seconds to Mars: “Up in the Air”
Those of a certain age may be glad to see that Jared Leto (of My So-Called Life fame) has sprouted beyond his Frozen Embryos days and continues to make unnecessarily cinematic videos with his band Thirty Seconds to Mars.
For more: You can find more tunes on Spotify or Soundcloud, check out more from the band on Twitter (@30secondstomars), watch the rest of the group’s ridiculously overwrought videos on YouTube, and learn more on the official site and on Wikipedia.
Vampire Weekend: “Diane Young”
Being both arty and fun isn’t always easy, but Vampire Weekend seems to find a way. At its roots, “Diane Young” is a traditional vintage-rock toe-tapper, but the band injects the song with weird rock freak-outs and pairs it all with a beautiful and bizarre video.
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