The Best Cinematography category at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards was won by Beyoncé’s “Brown Skin Girl,” Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, and Nigeria’s Wizkid.
However, in the MTV Best R category, where Wizkid’s song was also nominated, Bruno Mars, Anderson.Paak, Silk Sonic, Aftermath Entertainment/Atlantic Records won with “Leave the Door Open.”
“Brown Skin Girl” competed against “Leave the Door Open” by Chris Brown and Young Thug, “Go Crazy” by Chris Brown and Young Thug, “Heartbreak Anniversary” by Giveon, “Come Through” by H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown, and “Good Days” by SZA in the Best R&B category.
“Brown Skin Girl” by Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammed Atta Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant, and Billie Eilish defeated Rob Witt in “Therefore I Am” by Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammed Atta Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant, and Billie Eilish and Santiago Gonzalez in Foo Fighters’ “Shame Shame” with cinematography by Benoit Soler.
Elias Talbot in Justin Bieber ft. Chance the Rapper’s “Holy” is among the other candidates for outstanding cinematography. In Lady Gaga’s “911,” Jeff Cronenweth appears, as does Andrew Stroud in Lorde’s “Solar Power.”
Beyonce collaborated with Wizkid and SAINt JHN on the 2019 song “Brown Skin Girl” for her The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack album.
Wizkid also received his first Grammy Award in March for this collaboration, as well as a #72 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2019. He received two Soul Train Music Awards, two BET Awards, and an NAACP Image Award during his career.