#WhyNotWednesday: VMA Nominations for Best Choreography

 

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.

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