On Sunday night (Aug. 24), Beyonce will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, also taking the stage to perform at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. during that night’s ceremony. Beyonce leads all nominees at this year’s VMAs with eight nods — a pretty standard feat for an artist who has often defined her music, style and visual approach to a project through the music video medium.
Is “Drunk In Love,” up for video of the year this year, Beyonce’s best music video yet? And if not, what is? Sound off in the poll below to tell us which Beyonce music video stands as her greatest visual accomplishment to date! If you don’t see your preferred choice, feel free to write in an answer:
Where does one reasonably begin with Beyonce’s video catalog? There are the countless dance-centric Destiny’s Child clips, from the after-hours party of “Jumpin’ Jumpin'” to the salon-set “Bills, Bills, Bills.” There are the first attempts to carve a solo aesthetic, including the classic “Crazy In Love” and the undeniable “Baby Boy.” What about the killer clips for “Irreplaceable,” “Ring The Alarm” and “If I Were a Boy”? Kanye West claimed that “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” had one of the best music videos of all time… and it’s hard to disagree. Then there’s “Run The World (Girls),” the epic “Telephone” video with Lady Gaga, and… an entire visual album, dropped on us unexpectedly and bursting with titillating sights. The BeyHive certainly appreciates their queen’s approach to videos: eight of Beyonce’s official solo clips have over 100 million YouTube views, with “Single Ladies” owning a whopping 314 million clicks to date.
Want a refresher on Beyonce’s biggest videos with Destiny’s Child and as a solo artist? Watch a few of the pop superstar’s most well-known clips below, and weigh in on her best effort ever in the poll above: