Israelis Behind Coldplay Video Get Two Nominations at MTV VMA Awards

Gal Muggia and Vania Heymann are among the contenders for MTV's best direction award for the highly acclaimed 'Up&Up' video. Beyoncé leads the nominee ranking with nominations in 11 different categories for 'Lemonade.'

Coldplay video 'Up&Up,' directed by Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia.

Israeli directors Gal Muggia and Vania Heymann have been nominated for an MTV directing award for Coldplay’s music video “Up&Up," the network announced on Tuesday, as it released its nominees list for the upcoming Video Music Awards.

Heymann was also nominated in the visual effects category for the clip, which the duo created for a track on the band’s latest album, “A Head Full of Dreams."

“These are pretty prestigious awards in the world of music videos,” Muggia said. “It’s very exciting. Now all we need is for the public to vote for us.”

Awards are given in 16 categories. Singer Beyoncé leads the nominee ranking with nominations in 11 different categories for her album “Lemonade,” while Adele got eight nominations for her album “25.” The nominees for Video of the Year are Adele for “Hello,” Beyoncé for “Formation,” Drake for “Hotline Bling,” Justin Bieber for “Sorry” and Kanye West for “Famous.”

The VMA ceremony is scheduled for August 28 in New York’s Madison Square Garden, and it will be broadcast live by MTV Israel.

Just before its release, Coldplay’s lead vocalist, Chris Martin, lauded the video as “one of the best videos people have made.” The often eerie clip stitches together different pictures to create incongruous new images, a technique known as compositing. In the two months since its release, it has been viewed well over 62 million times on YouTube.