With MTV’s annual Video Music Awards on the way, we decided to take a look at a few familiar faces that have graced the halls of Sirius XM for Sway in the Morning. From Fall Out Boy to Fetty Wap, flashback to a few interviews as they talk everything from music to life on the road.
Read the full list of nominations here or catch the show when it airs on Sunday, August 30th.
Video Of The Year, Hip-Hop Video Of The Year & Best Male Video Nominee: “Alriht”
Sitting comfortably on the list of contenders for the West Coast throne, we’ve watched Kendrick Lamar evolve into a movement of his own, as his powerful single “Alright” was quickly adopted as the voice of protesters nationwide. Back in 2011 however, he was just another voice trying to be heard outside of Compton as he joined Sway in the Morning to highlight his lyrical skill. Even back then it was easy to see that the kid had it.
Mark Ronson (ft. Bruno Mars)
Video of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Male & Best Video Nominee: “Uptown Funk”
After previously collaborating for Bruno Mar’s sophomore effort Unorthodox Jukebox in 2012, British producer Mark Ronson tapped the singer again for a little track called “Uptown Funk,” which quickly exploded into an international smash, spending 14 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart. In December of last year, he stopped by the show to chat with Sway about growing up in New York and his fourth studio album, Uptown Special.
Best Hip Hop & Best Female Video: “Anaconda”
Having dominated the charts for over 5 years now, say what you want but Nicki Minaj has longevity. Currently selling out venues on her highly anticipated The Pinkprint Tour, in between holding down the throne she’s also found the time to deliver a string of singles including the Beyoncé assisted smash “Feeling Myself.” But in 2012 it was all about her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, as she joined the show to discuss evolution and why she doesn’t let the opinions of others faze her.
Fall Out Boy
Best Rock Video Nominee: “Uma Thurman”
Proving that you can’t count a good band out, after a brief hiatus Fall Out Boy returned with a vengeance, delivering a new album in 2013 appropriately titled Save Rock and Roll. Indeed they did, as the single “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” easily went triple platinum. After releasing American Beauty/American Psycho, their sixth studio album, earlier this year; they swung by the show to discuss their ideal rap collaborations and life as an American rock star.
Video With A Social Message: “I Still Love You”
Oscar-winning actress and songstress Jennifer Hudson remains a force both on film and in music because let’s face it, she’s damn good at both. Just two years ago she joined the show in promotion of the movie Black Nativity, now she’s received a VMA nod after making a powerful statement with the visuals for “I Still Love You.”
Wiz Khalifa (ft. Charlie Puth)
Best Collaboration: “See You Again”
Just a year ago, Wiz Khalifa sat down with Sway to reveal his thoughts about White Americans using the N-word and monogamy before splitting with wife Amber Rose shortly after. Yet he never lost sight of the music, collaborating with Charlie Puth for the massive hit “See You Again.” Following the sudden death of Paul Walker, the track quickly became the unofficial anthem for Fast & Furious 7.
Best Hip Hop Video & Artist To Watch: “Trap Queen”
Whether he wins or not, Fetty Wap is having one hell of a year. After hitting the charts hard with his infectious “Trap Queen,” he kept on going; following up with the Drake assisted “My Way,” “679” and “Again,” earning him the distinction of being the first artist to chart four songs on Billboard’s “Hot Rap Songs” list simultaneously. Earlier this year, he sat down to reveal his thoughts about his recent signing and a co-sign from Kanye.