Grammy Award For Best Concept Music Video - Recipients

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For the 30th Grammy Awards (1988), Best Concept Music Video nominees included David Bowie for "Day-In Day-Out", Kate Bush for The Whole Story, the English rock band Genesis for "Land of Confusion", David Lee Roth for David Lee Roth, and Janet Jackson for Control – The Videos Part II . The music video for Bowie's "Day-In Day-Out", directed by Julien Temple, included "offending" scenes such as a man urinating on Ronald Reagan's Hollywood Walk of Fame star but was edited for television broadcast. Bush's "imaginative" video sampler accompanies her greatest hits album of the same name and includes music videos for songs that span her career. The music video for "Land of Confusion", a song that appeared on the band's 1986 album Invisible Touch, contained Spitting Image puppets of Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and other people. David Lee Roth's self-titled video consisted of promotional clips created for his debut solo EP Crazy from the Heat and album Eat 'Em and Smile. Jackson's video collection, which was certified gold in the United States, contained six promotional videos recorded for singles from her album Control. Awards were presented to members of Genesis (Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford) as the performing artists, Jim Yukich and John Lloyd as the video directors, as well as Jon Blair as the video producer.

Nominees for the 31st Grammy Awards were the Hampton String Quartet for "Get a Job", former member of The Beatles George Harrison for "When We Was Fab", the American rock band Talking Heads for Storytelling Giant, "Weird Al" Yankovic for "Fat", and Neil Young for "This Note's for You". "Get a Job", a song originally by the American group The Silhouettes, appears on the Hampton String Quartet's album What If Mozart Wrote "Roll Over Beethoven", a collection of 1950s R&B and pop music songs performed in the style of Beethoven, Debussy, Mozart and other composers. "When We Was Fab", a song from the album Cloud Nine, is constructed from quotes about when The Beatles were famous and features Harrison playing a sitar. The music video contains Elton John dressed as a walrus (a reference to the 1967 song "I Am the Walrus"). Storytelling Giants is a collection of the Talking Heads' music videos along with additional material to "link" them together. Two of the nominated music videos had connections to Michael Jackson: "Fat" was a parody cover version of Jackson's song "Bad", and the video for "This Note's for You" contained a Jackson look-alike's hair catching fire (a parody of an incident that occurred to Jackson during a shoot for a Pepsi commercial in 1984). In the "Fat" video, Yankovic "balloons" into a "grossly overweight guy" through the use of cosmetics and special effects and leads a group of hefty people on a parade. The award was presented to Yankovic as the performing artist, along with Jay Levey as the video director and Susan Zwerman as the video producer.

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