Pop stars including Selena Gomez, Anjulie and Down With Webster will be pulling double-duty as MMVA nominees and awards-show presenters Sunday, handing out trophies to this yearâs winners.
Presenters donât get any say in who they bestow with a new -- and presumably prestigious -- hand-weight, of course.
So, Dose.ca asked a bunch of MMVA nominees to give us their picks. Which videos from the last year do they think deserve a trophy?
Video of the Year contenders, including Hedleyâs Dave Rosin, Marianas Trenchâs Mike Ayley and directors Aaron A., Kyle Davison and Ben Knechtel, share their fantasy ballots.
Hollerado, âGood Day at the Racesâ (Hedley guitarist Dave Rosinâs pick)
âThe Hollerado guys always seem to do interesting videos, and I tell you, when I saw them riding their ostriches for âDay at the Races,â I laughed my ass off. Thereâs nothing like seeing four grown guys riding an ostrich. Thatâs YouTube-worthy right there.
M.I.A., âBad Girlsâ (Director Kyle Davisonâs pick)
âWhatâs a great video to me is not only when the director kills it, but when the song is awesome -- because itâs the two things, theyâve got to work together. M.I.A.âs âBad Girls,â I think thatâs pretty killer. Iâd give that a trophy. Hands down.
Lana Del Rey, âBlue Jeansâ (Director Aaron Aâs pick)
âThat video was really beautifully shot. I'd like to do something of a similar calibre at some point. The cinematography, the symmetry -- I'm a big fan of directors and shooters that really take into consideration symmetry in their shots and composition, just because it's going the extra step. â
Lady Gaga, âMarry the Nightâ (Marianas Trench bassist Mike Ayleyâs pick)
âI would like to give it a unique MMVA, for âThe Most Unnecessarily Indulgent Video of the Year.ââ
Marianas Trench, âFalloutâ (Director Ben Knechtelâs pick)
âI know [theyâre my MMVA competition], but Carly [Rae Jepsen], Marianas Trench: we're all friends. I'm just stoked to be nominated. But âFalloutâ by Marianas Trench is a beautiful video, and Kyle Davison is a very talented director, who I look up to greatly. I'm on set for all their videos, too, I do all their behind-the-scenes work, so it's exciting to see them perform with Carly at the MMVAs, they're both performing. It should be fun.â
The 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards air on MuchMusic Sunday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET. For more MMVA coverage, check out Dose.ca/MMVAs.