MTV Video Music Award for Best Video with a Social Message

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MTV Video Music Award for Best Video with a Social Message
Awarded forMusic songs
CountryUnited States
Presented byMTV
First awarded2011
Currently held byH.E.R. – "I Can't Breathe" (2020)
Most awards
Most nominations
WebsiteVMA website

The MTV Video Music Award for Best Video with a Social Message is an award handed out at the yearly MTV Video Music Awards, first introduced at the 2011 ceremony. Originally named Best Video with a Message, the word "Social" was added to its name in 2013. For the 2017 ceremony the award was renamed Best Fight Against the System while still being known for awarding videos that address current social and political subjects. In 2018, the award's name became Video with a Message, and in 2019 it was changed to Video for Good.

The first winner of the category was Lady Gaga. As of 2019, John Legend and Big Sean are the biggest winners of the category with two wins, Legend and Taylor Swift are the most nominations artist with three in this category.


Lady Gaga at the Born This Way Ball in 2011.
Inaugural winner Lady Gaga.
Big Sean looking aside.
Two-time winner Big Sean.
Year Winner(s) Nominees Ref.
2011 Lady Gaga — "Born This Way" [1]
2012 Demi Lovato — "Skyscraper" [2]
2013 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (featuring Mary Lambert) — "Same Love"
2014 Beyoncé — "Pretty Hurts"
2015 Big Sean (featuring Kanye West and John Legend) — "One Man Can Change the World" [5]
2016 No award given
2017 [6]
2018 Childish Gambino – "This Is America"
2019 Taylor Swift — "You Need to Calm Down"
2020 H.E.R. – "I Can't Breathe" [9]


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