2016 VMA Video of the Year Nominees, Ranked by Most to Least Fashionable
Taking into account what really matters.
Imma let you finish, but you should know that the 2016 VMA nominees for video of the year have some of the best fashion of all time. From Beyonce's "Formation" to Drake's "Hotline Bling," videos of the past year have been as trend-setting as ever.
Especially as fashion and music become increasingly intertwined, music videos and ad campaigns have become virtually indistinguishable (or in the case of Kanye West's Balmain-sponsored "Wolves" video, one in the same.)
Ahead of the 2016 VMAs on Sunday, we've ranked this year's nominees from most to least fashionable, because that's all anyone really cares about, right?
1. The Fashion Show: “Formation” — Beyonce
But of course Beyonce wins for most fashion labels worn in under five minutes. The Queen's inventory of designer pieces makes her fellow video of the year nominees' wardrobes look like amateur hour. Beyonce rocked a dozen designer labels, including custom looks from her pals at Givenchy and Chanel. She also had the perfect mix of red-carpet worthy styles and streetwear — from a Victorian-inspired Zimmermann dress to a Gucci crop top and booty shorts.
2. Dad Fashion: “Hotline Bling” — Drake
Love it or hate it, dad fashion is in — and you can (kind of) blame Drake for it. The Canadian launched a frenzy when he released his video for “Hotline Bling” last October, which features a confusing mix of dad-style staples (puffer jackets, turtleneck sweaters) and streetwear (Timberlands, OVO and Jordan hoodies). Naturally Drake made the style work, even despite his questionable dancing. In fact, his red Maya Moncler puffer jacket ($1,150) was such a hit that several retailers reported a surge in sales thanks to Drizzy.
3. Coat Game 100: “Hello” — Adele
What's colder than a windy afternoon in England? Getting iced out by your ex — which is why Adele needed all the cozy coats she could get her hands on for her "Hello" music video. A plaid Lanvin coat and a super-soft cardigan stood out even against the heavy sepia tone of the video, but it turns out that the coziest of the singer's many coats was an extra-special piece. The faux fur fuzzy coat was a one-of-a-kind look created just for Adele by the video's director, Xavier Dolan. "I saw that piece of fabric in a couture shop, so there’s only one," he told EW last year.
4. ‘90s Realness: “Sorry” — Justin Bieber
Sure, Justin Bieber wasn’t born until 1994, but the wardrobe from his “Sorry” music video takes us right back to the Biebs’ infancy with its neon crop tops, Adidas trackwear, Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls jersey and yin-yang print matching bootie shorts and sports bra. While the singer himself doesn't actually make an appearance in the video, the gaggle of girl dancers certainly made an impression with their flashy style. The best part? According to Us Weekly, the dancers (members of New Zealand-based choreographer Parris Goebel's ReQuest Dance Crew) styled themselves in their own clothing.
5. No New Clothes: “Famous” — Kanye West
Though we know Yeezy is all about the fashion, his VMA-nominated video for “Famous” is noticeably devoid of any clothes at all. Wax figures of some of pop-culture's biggest names — from Kim Kardashian and 'Ye himself to Donald Trump, Anna Wintour and Amber Rose — all appear in the nothing more than their birthday suits for the video, modeled after artist Vincent Desiderio's 2008 painting Sleep. Lucky for us, Kimye has a real-life wardrobe big enough to dress a small army, so they stay (mostly) covered up in public.