Spike Jonze• He is well known also for his music video collaborations with Weezer, Beastie Boys, and Björk. He was also a co-creator and executive producer of MTVs Jackass.• He is currently the creative director of VBS.tv. He is also part owner of skateboard company Girl Skateboards with riders Rick Howard and Mike Carroll.
Spike continued• Beastie Boys’ “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” was a sandbox revelation that was way better than the actual feature film based on GI Joe, while Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis” turned that pair’s obsession with commercialism into a bombastic brand of Americana.• Pour one out for the fallen Maybach, and raise your glass to Jonze, who proved that no amount of directing polarizing adaptations of beloved books for children can take away his four-minute spark.
Marc Klasfield• Klasfeld’s big headline-grabbing contribution to music videos this year was Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” which somehow seamlessly combined ’80s neon, Rebecca Black, and that one really gross scene of Perry vomiting into a roller skate.• While “Last Friday Night” is super fun (and buoyed by Perry’s natural charisma), Klasfeld’s 2011 resumé also included Rise Against’s “Make It Stop (September’s Children)” (a “message” video that managed to not be too heavy-handed), and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ surprisingly spry “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.”• It’s an old concept (band plays outside, real people show up to see them), but Klasfeld managed to keep it fresh and helped the Chili Peppers look vital nearly 30 years after their formation
Jake Nava• Did anybody have a more bipolar year than Jake Nava? He directed two clips, and they stood poles apart from one another as far as content was concerned, though both are excellent.• Kanye West’s long-delayed “Monster” was all the terrible things people said about it, but it was also bracing, surprising, and bold.• And Nava scored again with Adele’s “Someone Like You,” a phenomenally satisfying tearjerkev