The nominees are out for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, and at least one category is riddled with pop culture baggage. The Best Video category pits rapper/mogul Kanye West against French electro-house duo Justice, marking the second time the musicians have competed for the award. It’s bound to be a tense on-air moment, considering what happened the last time the winner was announced.
In case you missed it, West totally flipped his shit last November at the MTV European Video Music Awards in Denmark, when he stormed the stage like a hazed fratboy after losing best video to Justice v. Simian’s “We Are Your Friends.” In a drunken rant—the singer later admitted to having too much “sippy, sippy”—West yelled, “Fuck this! My video cost a million dollars, I had Pam Anderson, I was jumping across canyons and shit!” It was a class act.
We can only wait to see what happens now that the two are again going head to head, a situation made more complicated by the fact that West and Justice are nominated for very similar songs. West’s “Stronger” samples a beat from Daft Punk, while Justice “D.A.N.C.E.” is clearly derived from Daft Punk’s sound and influence. Who knew electro-pop could spawn such drama?