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2003 VMA’s – Chosen By Me

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The nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA’s) have been released. In honor of that, I would like to go over who I think should win and why. That’s right, I am naming myself “the academy” for these awards. What are you going to do about it? I didn’t choose every category, because I don’t really care about cinematography, editing, etc.

Video Of The Year
50 Cent, “In Da Club”
Eminem, “Lose Yourself”
Johnny Cash, “Hurt”
Justin Timberlake, “Cry Me a River”
Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, “Work It”

Craig’s Winner – Eminem – “Lose Yourself” – There is no way this video should lose. I am barely even a rap fan and I saw this video probably 30 times. And, how many times did you hear the song this year? Exactly! I wanted to vote for Johnny Cash because that video is cool, but it isn’t the video of the year unless he dies before the awards. Then out of respect we should give it to him.

Best Male Video
50 Cent, “In Da Club”
Eminem, “Lose Yourself”
John Mayer, “Your Body is a Wonderland”
Johnny Cash, “Hurt”
Justin Timberlake, “Cry Me a River”

Craig’s Winner – 50 Cent – “In Da Club” – I mean come on how many times did he get shot? The video was completely pervasive. I would like nothing more than to give the award to a rock band or something, but in this case, it can’t be done. John Mayer, please stop your Dave Matthews impressions. We only need one marbles in his mouth balladeer with happy feet.

Best Female Video
Avril Lavigne, “I’m With You”
Beyonce f/ Jay-Z, “Crazy in Love”
Christina Aguilera, “Dirrty”
Jennifer Lopez, “I’m Glad”
Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, “Work It”

Craig’s Winner – Christina Aguilera – “Dirrty” – I will admit that this is just my man-ness speaking. Her transformation from a “Genie in a Bottle” to hooker in a boxing ring, won her this award. Her parents will be proud.

Best New Artist In A Video
50 Cent, “In Da Club”
All-American Rejects, “Swing, Swing”
Evanescence f/ Paul McCoy, “Bring Me to Life”
Kelly Clarkson, “Miss Independent”
Sean Paul, “Get Busy”
Simple Plan, “Addicted”

Craig’s Winner – Evanescence – “Bring Me to Life” – This one was a tough call between 50 Cent and Evanescence, but I had to (finally) award a rock band. The video is cool and the song is the best on this list along with “In Da Club”. I will go in favor of proper spelling for this category because last time I checked “Da” didn’t mean anything unless maybe you are speaking Russian.

Breakthrough Video
Coldplay, “The Scientist”
Floetry, “Floetic”
Kenna, “Freetime”
Queens of the Stone Age, “No One Knows”
Sum 41, “The Hell Song”

Craig’s Winner – Coldplay – “The Scientist” – When I heard that they almost didn’t make this album because they didn’t think any of the songs were good enough, I was astounded. This is one of the most complete albums I have heard in a decade, and this is one of the best songs on said album. Queens of the Stone Age are a close second. Floetry and Kenna? Who are you and what are you doing in a category?

Best Rap Video
2 Pac f/ Nas, “Thugz Mansion”
50 Cent, “In Da Club”
Eminem, “Lose Yourself”
Ludacris f/ Mystikal, “Move B***h”
Nas, “I Can”

Craig’s Winner – 50 Cent – In Da Club – It is a tossup between Eminem and 50, but I am going to go with the new guy this year. I must say it was enticing to pick the politically correct “Move Bitch.” Well, maybe Ludacris and the boys can win next year with some other song about abusing women. Hey wait a minute, I thought 2 Pac died going on a decade ago?

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  • The Theory

    hmmm… I don’t know. I’d love to comment, but I’ve only seen “Hurt” (because I don’t have cable. haha)… but “Hurt” was an amazing video, so I think I would probably choose it in which ever categories it was nominated for. That was made even more powerful watching it after Johnny Cash’s wife died.

    Other than that, I like The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, Missy Elliott, and NAS, but I have no clue what the videos are like.


  • Chris

    Don’t you have to show videos to have a Video Show Music Award?

  • Chris

    Don’t you have to show videos to have a Video Music Award Show?

  • Michelle

    I’ve only seen “Hurt” once, because it’s not really MTV-material, but I’d give the video at least one award. I don’t even know much of Johnny Cash, but the song had me paralyzed after about three seconds.

  • Eric Olsen

    You rock Craig, very nice job again.

  • visualsimplicity

    Hey, I understand your complaint about the featuring thing (ie: Santana @ Grammies a few years back)(especially all those hip hop ones–everyone and their mom’s doing it) but that Roots song is pretty darn good.

    As for Queens of the Stone Age, video wise, I much prefer Go With The Flow (that video is brilliant!) and feel it should have been nominated over No One Knows.

    The Scientist is a great song, good video, but how does the girl crash through the front windshield AFTER the car makes several rolls down a hill?!?

  • The Theory

    i suspect “No One Knows” got nominated instead of “Go With The Flow” because everyone has heard the song No One Knows and is familiar with it.


  • Craig Lyndall

    A friend of mine asked me an interesting question the other day after reading this post. I need all the blogcritics brethren to help me because I don’t know the answer. What is the difference between Rap and Hip-Hop

    I mean there are rappers in both categories. All I could think of is the sound. Hip hop has more melody and usually a singer, or something.

    Let me know what you know.

  • Eric Olsen

    In my understanding, hip-hop refers to a style of beat and composition – rap is someone rapping, typically over a hip-hop beat.

  • http://BestHipHopVideo Jerrinecka

    Of course Nelly is going to win. He is so hot. He is off the chain. I don’t know why they didn’t nominate him for it all.

  • nick

    In the rock category, i think that Linkin Park’s “Somewhere I Belong” should of been switched with their latest hit, “Faint”

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  • bigpimpinj909

    “Move Bitch” by Ludacris,Mystikal, and I20 isn’t actually about young, black men abusing women. It’s about young black men telling people to get the hell out of the way when they’re driving
    recklessly down a highway. Just listen to the lyrics.

  • kristin

    (after show)I’m a fan of linkin park, but I thought White Stripes deserved best rock video much more. I love coldplay! but they should have did clocks cause it was an upbeat ceremony. (Although I love “the scientist”)…hmmm…

  • darenm

    Britney, Modonna & Christinas kissing pictures are online:

  • The Theory

    rap is a music style, hip hop is a lifestyle.

  • mars sanford

    rap and hip-hop are the same. (hey, at least it’s better than hearing the same arguments I’ve been hearing for years.)

    In any case… in response to:
    [i]“If you are so desperate that you need to have someone else carry your artistic load with a guest spot, I will not allow you to win.”[/i]

    I hope you know it’s more about collaboration than it is about lack of artistic talent. That Common song is beautiful, and visualsimplicity has covered The Seed 2.0

    Otherwise, great commentary!

  • mars sanford

    OK, guess tags don’t work…

  • Dew

    Have to disagree with mars. Saying that rap and hip-hop are the saying is like saying coughing is having a cold. One is simply a symptom of the other not an embodiment.

  • mars sanford

    You are correct, breaking is hip hop, but it’s not rap. Beat box is hip-hop, but it isn’t rap. etc

    But I’ve seen so many countless people try to identify the difference between the two terms that it’s just laughable. That’s why i say they are the same. I’m tired of the same old arguments. Plus, I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people say “I listen to hip-hop”, so who makes the rules, you know? Semantic disputes are just pointless anyway.

    Now circumlocution, that’s the way to go.

  • Murphy Horner

    While we’re clarifying, can someone tell me the points of distinction between house and hip-hop music?

  • The Theory

    “house”, i believe, is a form of electronica/dance which is pretty much unrelated to hiphop.

  • Eric Olsen

    Unless you’re talking about the hybrid hip-house that was popular in the late-’80s and early ’90s. If you speed up a hip-hop beat it could sound like house.

  • Lee

    st anger should win

  • Lee

    st anger should win

  • http://whoeverwrotetheseawardssucks crazy boy

    first of all the the best dance award Sean Paul I mean come on that is ssooo gay and sad half of the video sean pauls friends were doing the dancing the black dude. Jennifer Lopez should get that award dickhead because she lookes so fucking fine in that video.

  • http://heavymetalsucksbad crazy boy

    who ever likes heavy metal is a faggot rap is different than hard heavy metal stars.heavy metal stars dress gay and fagilish rap stars dress cool and not like thoes faggots like AFI or manson or good charlote all rock is about violence killing and gay clothes and some faggs screaming .Rap is about sexy woman so heavy metal fans should stop being dorks and be normal

  • Jerrinecka

    I love Nelly. That is my baby daddy. Forget Ashanti. One day he will see his queen…and which is…ME!