MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction

The MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction is a craft award given to both the artist as well as the art director of the music video. From 1984 to 2006, the award's full name was Best Art Direction in a Video, and after a brief removal in 2007, its name was shortened to its current form starting in 2008. The biggest winners are K. K. Barrett and Jan Houllevigue, both of whom won this award twice.

MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction
Awarded forArt direction
CountryUnited States
Presented byMTV
First awarded1984
Last awarded2020
Currently held byChristian Stone – "Mother's Daughter" by Miley Cyrus (2020)
WebsiteVMA website

The most nominated art directors are Tom Foden, Charles Infante, and Laura Fox with four nominations each. Closely following them are K.K. Barrett, Bryan Jones, and Nigel Phelps with three nominations each.

The performer whose videos have won the most awards is Red Hot Chili Peppers. However, Madonna's videos have received the most nominations with six.

No performer has won a Moonman in this category for their work as an art director. Jamie Hewlett ("Clint Eastwood") and Jack White ("Would You Fight for My Love?") are the only performers to have been nominated for their work in this category.


Year Winner(s) Work Performer(s) Nominees Ref.
1984 Jim Whiting and Godley & Creme "Rockit" Herbie Hancock
1985 Bryan Jones "The Boys of Summer" Don Henley
1986 Ron Cobb "Rough Boy" ZZ Top
1987 Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay "Sledgehammer" Peter Gabriel
1988 Clive Crotty and Mick Edwards "Hourglass" Squeeze
1989 Holgar Gross and Vance Lorenzini "Express Yourself" Madonna
1990 Martin Lasowitz "Love Shack" The B-52's
1991 José Montaño "Losing My Religion" R.E.M.
1992 Nick Goodman and Robertino Mazati "Give It Away" Red Hot Chili Peppers
1993 Jan Peter Flack "Rain" Madonna
1994 Bernadette Disanto "Heart-Shaped Box" Nirvana
1995 Tom Foden "Scream" Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
1996 K. K. Barrett and Wayne White "Tonight, Tonight" The Smashing Pumpkins
1997 K. K. Barrett "The New Pollution" Beck
1998 Samantha Gore "Bachelorette" Björk
1999 Gideon Ponte "Doo Wop (That Thing)" Lauryn Hill
2000 Colin Strause "Californication" Red Hot Chili Peppers
2001 Val Wilt "Weapon of Choice" Fatboy Slim
2002 Tim Hope "Trouble" Coldplay
2003 Chris Hopewell "There There" Radiohead
2004 Eric Beauchamp "Hey Ya!" Outkast
2005 Zach Matthews "What You Waiting For?" Gwen Stefani
2006 Justin Dragonas "Dani California" Red Hot Chili Peppers
2008 Happy Massee and Kells Jesse "Run" Gnarls Barkley
2009 Jason Hamilton "Paparazzi" Lady Gaga
2010 Louise Corcoran and Aldene Johnson "Dog Days Are Over" Florence and the Machine
2011 Nathan Parker "Rolling in the Deep" Adele
2012 Benji Bamps "Wide Awake" Katy Perry
2013 Veronica Logsdon "Q.U.E.E.N." Janelle Monáe (featuring Erykah Badu)
2014 Anastasia Masaro "Reflektor" Arcade Fire
2015 François Rousselet and Jason Fijal "So Many Pros" Snoop Dogg
2016 Jan Houllevigue "Blackstar" David Bowie
2017 Spencer Graves "HUMBLE." Kendrick Lamar
2018 Jan Houllevigue and the Louvre "Apeshit" The Carters
2019 John Richoux "7 Rings" Ariana Grande
2020 Christian Stone "Mother's Daughter" Miley Cyrus


  1. ^ "Best Art Direction 2015". MTV.