The nominees for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards are out, and the past winners of the Video of the Year category are asking: Do their videos really have what it takes?
All right, full disclosure: We’re asking that.
Will this year’s crop of contenders –– Camila Cabello and Young Thug, Bruno Mars and Cardi B, the Carters (aka Beyoncé and Jay-Z), Childish Gambino, Drake and Ariana Grande –– produce a winning clip that’ll stand the test of time and inspire future generations to wonder in awe: How did that guy in Jamiroquai scoot across the floor like that?
Here’s a look at 10 classic Video of the Year-winning videos from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s –– cuts from Peter Gabriel to the pre-Carters Beyoncé, from Madonna to Missy Elliott. These videos hold up visually, musically and don’t seem at all retroactively creepy. (Sorry, the Cars’ “You Might Think.)