It’s no surprise that we’re big fans of 5SOS over here at United By Pop, but with the latest VMA nomination the boys got earlier this year–there are some things we’d like to discuss.
5SOS were nominated for three VMA awards this year–their song ‘Wildflower’ for Best Music Video From Home, Best Group, and ‘Old Me’ for Best Cinematography. Fans had spent hours and hours each day voting non-stop, specifically for Best Music Video From Home. Even people outside the fandom believed that 5SOS deserved this award. When the day finally came, we were all crushed by the sad loss of all three awards. Nonetheless–fans came onto Twitter to show that no matter what, 5SOS were the winners in their hearts. But even so, they were still disappointed as the boys really did deserve this win.
5sos deserve so much more than they get. the industry continues to do them so dirty 🙁 the wildflower mv is truly a masterpiece. i hope andy and sarah KNOW their work is appreciated and loved #VMAs #MTVVMAs
— selena loves 4/4 (@selenuhgrace) August 31, 2020
— gabi ²⁸ ᴸˢ (@LiloxHabit) August 31, 2020
Even non 5sos stans say that Wildflower should have won because of the originality @vmas, it reminds me when billboard did their sh*t and people out of the fandom supported 5sos and the fandom, so sad
— lie to me (@lietome_luke) August 31, 2020
thank you @5SOS for putting out an amazing album and music videos to go with it. this was my first vmas supporting your band and even if we didn’t win, i’m still proud of you and love what you’ve put out. thank you guys. love you and you’re winners in the minds of your fans ❤️
— alyssa ᵐ (@Ioverofmine_mgc) August 31, 2020
the wildflower mv was the ONLY mv that was actually creative and not just iphone footage of them dancing around a kitchen counter. 5SOS fucking deserved that award. andy and sarah deserved that award. i’m spiraling.
— theo raeken (@raekensvault) August 31, 2020
5sos deserved better and i'm not saying this because i'm a fan but because wildflower was exactly the best mv from home among those songs that are in the category?? BYE
— jazz (@ILLICITBASS) August 31, 2020
yk what it's fine. upsetting? yes, but award or not i'm proud of 5sos and andy and sarah for all the incredible work they put into the wildflower mv and I'm sure to them it doesn't matter as long as we all love and appreciate everything that went into it.
— pia ❦ (@piamishelle) August 31, 2020
but can we talk about how great the wildflower mv is ? like the amount of time it took to film and the artwork is truly beautiful and mesmerizing , no offense but the other videos were pretty mediocre .
— sophi (@TEETHVINYL) August 31, 2020
5SOS didn’t put their heart and soul, into the wildflower mv. passing around a green screen during quarantine, a guest appearance from petuina, and andys amazing editing skills for it not to fucking win .
— em (@calmsceo) August 31, 2020
are we even surprised that 5sos didn’t win? award shows are always rigged and 5sos have been screwed over by the music industry for YEARS. this isn’t entirely the fandoms fault, most of us worked hard in voting, especially for the wildflower mv
— eve (@IWCTMORE) August 31, 2020
And though the VMA’s are over, we still wanted to put together a list of reasons why we believe 5SOS should’ve won at least one award.
We’ve already written an entire article on all the incredible details 5SOS have put into the ‘Old Me’ music video and how exceptionally talented they are–so let’s take a look at why we think the ‘Wildflower’ music video should’ve won.
We’d describe the ‘Wildflower’ music video as a psychedelic experience that you really have to see for yourself to understand. The 80’s/90’s themed colorful vibes really did shine through making it seem as if it were shot back then. Honestly watching it for the first time, we couldn’t believe it was all shot at home! 5SOS’s incredibly talented creative directors Andy Deluca and Sarah Eiseman did an exceptional job with the editing and directing of the video. The couple actually had to learn how to animate in less than 2 weeks for the creation of both the music video and lyric video, and we think they did an amazing job!
“We passed around the disinfected green screen (with the help of our teammate Kat Gallagher), and everyone filmed their parts at home with an iPhone and later sent the footage over to me. In the meantime, Sarah Eiseman and I began working on the art for the video. We quickly learned animation and drew up several blooming flowers, and also created the trippy colored backgrounds using milk and food dye… It definitely has pushed us to create something we normally wouldn’t, using only our brains and our hands.”
Just because the whole world is in quarantine right now doesn’t mean that art and music are cancelled. @saraheiseman2 and I spent HOURS moving around flowers (until we were sore the next day) and made this video for Wildflower, which is undoubtedly one of @5sos’ best songs 🌸🌼🌺 https://t.co/LUuB6HKltk
— Andy DeLuca (@shmandeluca) March 25, 2020
Sarah and I have put our hearts, souls, and loving thought into every detail of every second of this music video. Can’t wait for the world to see it and can’t wait to share the story behind making it.
— Andy DeLuca (@shmandeluca) April 16, 2020
Originally the music video was supposed to be shot in a large studio with a bunch of crew members but was cancelled as the day before filming, lockdown began. Thus the band had to make do with what they had–a single green screen and their overflowing talent. And though the music video looks like a professional scripted music video filmed in a studio–the boy’s still got to have a little fun with it and let their personalities shine through from dancing to the beat, bringing in their pets, and knocking over equipment.
Though the boys may not have won the awards, we still think that all their work is truly incredible–and so is the work from all the other nominees and winners! All of the artists who were nominated deserved those nominations rightfully so and we could not be more proud of each and every one of them!
What do you guys think about the VMA awards and nominees? Let us know your favorite artists and awards!