The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards are set to air this Sunday night, August 25, beginning at 9/8C. Although the spectacle of the event now outweighs the actual awards themselves, the pinnacle of the evening still revolves around which artist gets to take home the coveted Moonman for Video Of The Year. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look back at the winners of the prizeover the last 20 years—including acts like Beyonce, Eminem, Pearl Jam and more!—to determine which videos have withstood the test of time and which were mere flash-in-the-pans. (We repeat, which VIDEOS, not which ARTISTS or which SONGS; our list is purely built around how well the videos themselves hold up.)
With that in mind, please enjoy our countdown of the Most Timeless VMA Video Of The Year Award Winners Of The Last 20 Years.
20 . VIDEO: Panic! at the Disco, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”
The less said about this video in particular (not to mention this era of music videos), the better. The line-up of videos during this year was very, very weak; the other nominees were Christina Aguilera (“Ain’t No Other Man”), Madonna (“Hung Up”), Red Hot Chili Peppers (“Dani California”), and Shakira (“Hips Don’t Lie”). Not really a memorable video in the bunch, truth be told, but this Panic! selection was extremely embarrassing not only on that night, but 10,000 times more so in retrospect.