Summer belongs to DJ Khaled this year. It’s no wonder then, that the hottest singles from his latest album “Grateful” are up for several awards in MTV’s 2017 Video Music Awards.
And the best part is that the Miami music producer could take home the biggest award of the evening for a video that was filmed in South Florida. The video for his song “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, was shot at the Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti in June and was announced Tuesday as a nominee for “Video of the Year.”
In the music video, Rihanna steals the show visually, of course. But DJ Khaled’s awkward Latin-inspired shuffle is notable, as is the sample of Carlos Santana’s “Maria, Maria,” featuring The Product G&B.
Too often new music dilutes sampled songs, at best, or perverts the original, at worst. But that’s not the case for “Wild Thoughts:” It’s a fun nod to Santana’s musical genius while still acknowledging Rihanna’s pop culture prowess. (She can do no wrong).
The video is just as fun as it is sultry and (only second to Rihanna’s exposed breasts) Haitian culture gets its time in the spotlight. We have nothing bad to say about this music video. It’s sexy, fun and so-Miami, but that’s not to say it doesn’t have some stiff competition in the “Video of the Year” category.
DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts” is in the running against “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars, a funky jam that had the country ready to party, and Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble,” which gave us an excuse to tell everyone to take several seats. Other nominees include “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara and “Reminder” by the Weeknd.
“Wild Thoughts” is also nominated for “Best Collaboration” and “Best Art Direction.” DJ Khaled’s fourth nomination this year is in the “Best Hip Hop” category for “I’m The One,” featuring Justin Biever, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne.
The 2017 VMAs will be hosted by Katy Perry on Aug. 27. The award show invites fans to cast votes for their favorite artist’s music videos.