MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction

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MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction
Awarded for art direction
Country United States
Presented by MTV
First awarded 1984
Last awarded 2017
Website VMA website

The MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction is a craft award given to both the artist as well as the art director of the music video. From 1984 to 2006, the award's full name was Best Art Direction, and after a brief removal in 2007, its name was shortened to its current form starting in 2008. The biggest winners are K. K. Barrett and Jan Houllevigue, both of whom won this award twice.

The most nominated art directors are Tom Foden, Charles Infante, and Laura Fox with four nominations each. Closely following them are K.K. Barrett, Bryan Jones, and Nigel Phelps with three nominations each.

The performer whose videos have won the most awards is Red Hot Chili Peppers. However, Madonna's videos have received the most nominations with six.

No performer has won a Moonman in this category for their work as an art director. Jamie Hewlett ("Clint Eastwood") and Jack White ("Would You Fight for My Love?") are the only performers to have been nominated for their work in this category.


Year Winner(s) Work Performer(s) Nominees Ref.
1984 Jim Whiting and Godley & Creme "Rockit" Herbie Hancock

1985 Bryan Jones "The Boys of Summer" Don Henley

1986 Ron Cobb "Rough Boy" ZZ Top

1987 Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay "Sledgehammer" Peter Gabriel

1988 Clive Crotty and Mick Edwards "Hourglass" Squeeze

1989 Holgar Gross and Vance Lorenzini "Express Yourself" Madonna

1990 Martin Lasowitz "Love Shack" The B-52's

1991 José Montaño "Losing My Religion" R.E.M.

1992 Nick Goodman and Robertino Mazati "Give It Away" Red Hot Chili Peppers

1993 Jan Peter Flack "Rain" Madonna

1994 Bernadette Disanto "Heart-Shaped Box" Nirvana

1995 Tom Foden "Scream" Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson

1996 K. K. Barrett and Wayne White "Tonight, Tonight" The Smashing Pumpkins

1997 K. K. Barrett "The New Pollution" Beck

1998 Samantha Gore "Bachelorette" Björk

1999 Gideon Ponte "Doo Wop (That Thing)" Lauryn Hill

2000 Colin Strause "Californication" Red Hot Chili Peppers

2001 Val Wilt "Weapon of Choice" Fatboy Slim

2002 Tim Hope "Trouble" Coldplay

2003 Chris Hopewell "There There" Radiohead

2004 Eric Beauchamp "Hey Ya!" Outkast

2005 Zach Matthews "What You Waiting For?" Gwen Stefani

2006 Justin Dragonis "Dani California" Red Hot Chili Peppers

2008 Happy Massee and Kells Jesse "Run" Gnarls Barkley

2009 Jason Hamilton "Paparazzi" Lady Gaga

2010 Louise Corcoran and Aldene Johnson "Dog Days Are Over" Florence and the Machine

2011 Nathan Parker "Rolling in the Deep" Adele

2012 Benji Bamps "Wide Awake" Katy Perry

2013 Veronica Logsdon "Q.U.E.E.N." Janelle Monáe (featuring Erykah Badu)

2014 Anastasia Masaro "Reflektor" Arcade Fire

2015 François Rousselet and Jason Fijal "So Many Pros" Snoop Dogg

2016 Jan Houllevigue "Blackstar" David Bowie

2017 Spencer Graves "HUMBLE." Kendrick Lamar

2018 Jan Houllevigue and the Louvre "Apeshit" The Carters