If you were lucky enough to avoid seeing any drama about the VMAs via Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, or your timeline yesterday, I envy you. It’s bad enough when just Taylor is trending, but add Nicki Minaj and the VMAs to the mix and it’s all I saw on Facebook all day.

The long and short of it is that Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” was nominated for Best Video Of The Year and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” wasn’t – though it was nominated for Best Female Video Of The Year.



But I would really rather not focus on this. It apparently stirred up enough controversy for our favorite outspoken producer to put his two cents in and speak about video awards and the rather silly pursuit of them by artists, and not the ones actually making the videos.

Disclaimer: Deadmau5 makes it clear that he’s not making any reference to Minaj or Swift, stating, “I [haven’t] referenced her in any way. Nor do I fuckin care. I was talking about video awards.”

Chris Cunningham is a British video artist and has directed music videos for Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Madonna and Björk.

You wouldn’t give Leonardo DiCaprio an Oscar for Best Cinematography for Inception, it’s odd that an award would be presented to an artist for Best Video. But hey, that’s just “how it’s always been,” yeah?


H/T inthemix