The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards: The Videos One Needs To Watch To Get Up To Speed

Unlike the Oscars, the VMAs are easy to prepare for, as videos are only a few minutes long. But if you’re short on time, there are a couple to prioritize. Nominations for Video of the Year went to pop’s usual suspects: Beyoncé for “Formation,” Adele for “Hello,” Drake for “Hotline Bling,” Justin Bieber for “Sorry,” and Kanye West for “Famous.” They range in style from emotional and monochrome (Adele) to GIF-worthy and viral (Drake) to controversial and NSFW (Kanye). Interestingly, Bieber’s “Sorry” video doesn’t even feature the pop juggernaut. Instead, it’s a dance video from a super-hip New Zealand dance crew. Originally commissioned as the “lyrics video,” director Parris Goebel choreographed and produced the piece within 48 hours. Bieber’s team decided it was too good to just be the “lyrics” video, though, and their gamble paid off.

For the rest of the videos, take a look at the full list of nominees here.

Video of the Year

Adele, “Hello”

Beyoncé, “Formation”

Drake, “Hotline Bling”

Justin Bieber, “Sorry”

Kanye West, “Famous”

Best Female Video

Adele, “Hello”

Beyoncé, “Hold Up”

Sia, “Cheap Thrills”

Ariana Grande, “Into You”

Rihanna ft. Drake, “Work” (short version)

Best Male Video

Drake, “Hotline Bling”

Bryson Tiller, “Don’t”

Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For”

Kanye West, “Famous”

The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”

Best Collaboration

Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar, “Freedom”

Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign, “Work From Home”

Ariana Grande ft. Lil Wayne, “Let Me Love You”

Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For”

Rihanna ft. Drake, “Work” (short version)

Best Hip Hop Video

Drake, “Hotline Bling”

Desiigner, “Panda”

Bryson Tiller, “Don’t”

Chance the Rapper featuring Saba, “Angels”

2 Chainz, “Watch Out”

Best Pop Video

Adele, “Hello”

Beyoncé, “Formation”

Justin Bieber, “Sorry”

Alessia Cara, “Wild Things”

Ariana Grande, “Into You”

Best Rock Video

All Time Low, “Missing You”

Coldplay, “Adventure of a Lifetime”

Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato, “Irresistible”

Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”

Panic! at the Disco, “Victorious”

Best Electronic Video

Calvin Harris & Disciples, “How Deep Is Your Love”

99 Souls ft. Destiny’s Child & Brandy, “The Girl Is Mine”

Mike Posner, “I Took A Pill in Ibiza”

Afrojack, “SummerThing!”

The Chainsmokers ft. Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”

Breakthrough Long Form Video

Florence + The Machine, The Odyssey

Beyoncé, Lemonade

Justin Bieber, Purpose: The Movement

Chris Brown, Royalty

Troye Sivan, Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy

Best New Artist

Bryson Tiller

Desiigner

Zara Larsson

Lukas Graham

DNCE

Best Art Direction

Beyoncé, “Hold Up”

Fergie, “M.I.L.F. $”

Drake, “Hotline Bling”

David Bowie, “Blackstar”

Adele, “Hello”

Best Choreography

Beyoncé, “Formation”

Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell, “WTF (Where They From)”

Beyoncé, “Sorry”

FKA Twigs, “M3LL155X”

Florence + The Machine, “Delilah”

Best Direction

Beyoncé, “Formation”

Coldplay, “Up&Up”

Adele, “Hello”

David Bowie, “Lazarus”

Tame Impala, “The Less I Know the Better”

Best Cinematography

Beyoncé, “Formation”

Adele, “Hello”

David Bowie, “Lazarus”

Alesso, “I Wanna Know”

Ariana Grande, “Into You”

Best Editing

Beyoncé, “Formation”

Adele, “Hello”

Fergie, “M.I.L.F. $”

David Bowie, “Lazarus”

Ariana Grande, “Into You”

Best Visual Effects

Coldplay, “Up&Up”

FKA Twigs, “M3LL155X”

Adele, “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”

The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”

Zayn, “Pillowtalk”

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