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13 Music Videos Featuring Women We Love Who Won "Video of the Year" at the VMAs

13 Music Videos Featuring Women We Love Who Won "Video of the Year" at the VMAs

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards are around the corner — airing Sunday!

The pop culture phenomenon also turns 30 this year. Over the past three decades, MTV has given us a number of stellar performances and iconic moments. The network has also helped solidify the pop culture success of many musicians. 

Female artists are celebrated with the Best Female Video category. Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" won the first moonman award in that category in 1984. But of course, the moonman for Video of the Year is the most prestigious of them all.

Currently, Madonna and Beyoncé are the most nominated female artists with four nominations each this year. Rihanna is one of two winners to win multiple awards in the category and is also the youngest solo artist to ever win it at age 19. Lady Gaga is one of two performers to have two Video of the Year nominations in one night.

The current holder for Video of the Year is Miley Cyrus, who will also host this year's awards ceremony.

Beyoncé's "7/11" and Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" are the only two female nominees in this year's prestigious Video of the Year category. Take a look back at VMA history and watch these award-winning music videos featuring some of our favorite female artists below: 

1. "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor (1990)

 

2. "Waterfalls" by TLC (1995)


 

3. "Ray of Light" by Madonna (1998)

 

4. "Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill (1999)

 

5. "Lady Marmalade" by Pink, Mya, Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim and Missy Elliott (2001)

 

6. "Work it" by Missy Elliott (2003)

 

7. "Umbrella" by Rihanna feat. Jay-Z (2007)

 

8. "Piece of Me" by Britney Spears (2008)

 

9. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" by Beyoncé (2009)

 

10. "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga (2010)

 

11. "Firework" by Katy Perry (2011)

 

12. "We Found Love" by Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris (2012) 

 

13. "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus (2014)

 

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