MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography

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MTV Video Music Award
for Best Cinematography
Awarded forCinematography
CountryUnited States
Presented byMTV
First awarded1984
Currently held byRina Yang – "Anti-Hero" by Taylor Swift (2023)
WebsiteVMA website

The MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography is a craft award given to both the artist as well as the cinematographer/director of photography of the music video.

From 1984 to 2006, the award's full name was Best Cinematography in a Video. After a brief absence in 2007, the category acquired its current, shortened name in 2008.

The biggest winner is Harris Savides with three wins. Pascal Lebègue, Daniel Pearl, Mark Plummer, and Scott Cunningham follow with two wins each. The most nominated director of photography is Daniel Pearl with nine nominations, followed by Martin Coppen, Christopher Probst, and Jeff Cronenweth with six. Beyoncé has won the most awards in this category with 4 wins. Madonna's videos have received the most nominations with ten. Ryan Lewis is also the only performer to have won a Moonman in this category for his work as a director of photography on the video for "Can't Hold Us" in 2013. Jared Leto ("Hurricane") is the only other performer to have been nominated for his work in this category.

Recipients[edit]

1980s[edit]

Year Winner(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1984 Daniel Pearl "Every Breath You Take" (performed by The Police)
[1]
1985 Pascal Lebègue "The Boys of Summer" (performed by Don Henley)
[2]
1986 Oliver Stapleton "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." (performed by a-ha)
[3]
1987 Mark Plummer "C'est la Vie" (performed by Robbie Nevil)
[4]
1988 Bill Pope "We'll Be Together" (performed by Sting)
[5]
1989 Mark Plummer "Express Yourself" (performed by Madonna)
[6]

1990s[edit]

Year Winner(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1990 Pascal Lebègue "Vogue" (performed by Madonna)
[7]
1991 Rolf Kestermann "Wicked Game (Concept)" (performed by Chris Isaak)
[8]
1992 Mike Southon and Daniel Pearl "November Rain" (performed by Guns N' Roses)
[9]
1993 Harris Savides "Rain" (performed by Madonna)
[10]
1994 Harris Savides "Everybody Hurts" (performed by R.E.M.)
[11]
1995 Garry Waller and Michael Trim "Love Is Strong" (performed by The Rolling Stones)
[12]
1996 Declan Quinn "Tonight, Tonight" (performed by The Smashing Pumpkins)
[13]
1997 Stephen Keith-Roach "Virtual Insanity" (performed by Jamiroquai) [14]
1998 Harris Savides "Criminal" (performed by Fiona Apple)
[15]
1999 Martin Coppen "The Dope Show" (performed by Marilyn Manson)
[16]

2000s[edit]

Year Winner(s) Work Nominees Ref.
2000 Jeff Cronenweth "Do Something" (performed by Macy Gray)
[17]
2001 Lance Acord "Weapon of Choice" (performed by Fatboy Slim)
[18]
2002 Brad Rushing "We Are All Made of Stars" (performed by Moby)
[19]
2003 Jean-Yves Escoffier "Hurt" (performed by Johnny Cash)
[20]
2004 Joaquín Baca-Asay "99 Problems" (performed by Jay-Z)
[21]
2005 Samuel Bayer "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (performed by Green Day)
[22]
2006 Robbie Ryan "You're Beautiful" (performed by James Blunt)
[23]
2007
2008 Wyatt Troll "Conquest" (performed by The White Stripes)
[24]
2009 Jonathan Sela "21 Guns" (performed by Green Day)
[25]

2010s[edit]

Year Winner(s) Work Nominees Ref.
2010 John Perez "Empire State of Mind" (performed by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys)
[26]
2011 Tom Townend "Rolling in the Deep" (performed by Adele)
[27]
2012 André Chemetoff "Bad Girls" (performed by M.I.A.)
[28]
2013 Ryan Lewis, Jason Koenig and Mego Lin "Can't Hold Us" (performed by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton)
[29]
2014 Darren Lew and Jackson Hunt "Pretty Hurts" (performed by Beyoncé)
[30]
2015 Larkin Seiple "Never Catch Me" (performed by Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar)
[31]
2016 Malik Sayeed "Formation" (performed by Beyoncé)
[32]
2017 Scott Cunningham "HUMBLE." (performed by Kendrick Lamar)
[33]
2018 Benoît Debie "Apeshit" (performed by The Carters)
[34]
2019 Scott Cunningham "Señorita" (performed by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello)
[35]

2020s[edit]

Year Winner(s) Work Nominees Ref.
2020 Michael Merriman "Rain on Me" (performed by Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande)
[36]
2021 Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammaed Atta Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez and Ryan Helfant "Brown Skin Girl" (performed by Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Saint Jhn and Wizkid)
[37]
2022 Nikita Kuzmenko "As It Was" (performed by Harry Styles)
[38]
2023 Rina Yang "Anti-Hero" (performed by Taylor Swift)
[39]

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