As we're sure youve heard, the VMAs will be on MTV this Sunday, August 25th. The nominees for Video of the Year are
Bruno Mars, "Locked Out Of Heaven"
Justin Timberlake, Mirrors"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, "Thrift Shop"
Taylor Swift, "I Knew You were Trouble"
and Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell and T.I., "Blurred Lines"
We're not sure where to place our bets, seeing as our obvious pick would be the jam of the summer, the video of which the NSFW-version we premiered here on VMAN.com before a live Google+ Hangout with Robin Thicke himself and some lucky fans... but since the premiere, we've watched a heated debate over whether the video—a tongue-in-cheek parody of a typically sexist music video—can truly be taken at as a smart joke, what with imagery this sexy. As Thicke and the video's director, Diane Martel (yes, a female) have stated, the intentions of the lyrics and now-viral video were to point out the laughable flaws in overtly machismo behavior. But is that message explicit enough, if taken out of context? Furthermore, we're curious: can a video this controversial win Video of the Year, Best Male Video, and/or Best Collaboration, for all of which it was nominated?
Click through our slideshow above to view the past Video of the Year winners throughout MTV history, and ask if any others were as sarcastic, as sexy, and as opinionated... You may be suprised by the answer.