OK Go's "I Won't Let You Down"

The 2015 Video Music Awards were last night and this year’s nominations for Best Choreography were as impressive as they were diverse. Fan favorites Beyoncé, Ryan Heffington, NappyTabs and Keone and Mari Madrid were up for the coveted prize, but no video wowed more than “I Won’t Let Your Down” by OK Go, choreographed in collaboration with Japanese choreographer air:man and Mori Harano. Their scooter-riding, umbrella-popping group number filmed with a drone earned them the VMA. Congratulations OK Go and choreographers!

 

Ok Go dancing on scooters

Yesterday, MTV announced nominations for the network’s 2015 Video Music Awards, including five in the category of Best Choreography. Ryan Heffington (of Sia and Maddie Ziegler fame) made the list, not for his cage-fighting “Elastic Heart” video (though it was nominated in another category), but for his work with roller skaters in Chet Faker’s “Gold.” According to director Hiro Murai, they filmed the video during a 14-hour shoot on a dark road in California, meaning not—as I’d guessed—on a giant treadmill in front of a green screen. Either way, I’m impressed.

Also nominated:

  • Beyoncé’s "7/11" with Chris Grant’s and Beyoncé’s choreography sped up for a Charlie Chaplin effect.

  • "I Won’t Let You Down" by OK Go. Their latest eye-popping vid features some cool hands-free scooter moves and umbrella formations captured aerially by drone with the help of Japanese choreographer Air:Man.

  • "Never Catch Me" by Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar was nominated, with some cool, though dark, choreography on young dancers at a funeral, by Keone and Mariel Madrid.

  • And finally, NappyTabs (a.k.a. Tabitha and Napoleon D’Umo) did the choreo for Ed Sheeran’s nominated "Don’t," starring Phillip "Pacman" Chbeeb and his otherworldly animation skills.

Winners will be announced when the VMAs air on August 30.

At Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, between Taylor Swift owning her awkward dance moves in the audience and Beyoncé receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, the award for best choreography went to Sia’s music video for “Chandelier.” It’s choreographed by Ryan Heffington, owner of The Sweat Spot in L.A., and stars Maddie Ziegler of “Dance Moms.” If you haven’t seen the slightly unnerving video, where Ziegler dances like a crazed doll come to life through an eerily empty building, now is the time.

And between the video release (in May) and this VMAs promo spot, Ziegler really had time to perfect that intense “possessed eyes” look!

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