MTV Breakthrough Video NomineesThe MTV Video Music Awards released their nominees for Best Breakthrough Video earlier this week. Just like we were impressed with MTV’s Top Albums of 2009 list, we are amazed at how much depth this nominee list has.

The Breakthrough Video category have been absent from the awards show on and off for the past few years, but we’re excited to see it’s back. We’re especially elated that many of the video nominees feature a handful of indie artists! Artist videos include Bat for Lashes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Matt and Kim, Death Cab for Cutie and more. Now we know that the video filmmakers/directors get to take this award home, but we can’t help but think it’s rad that they’ve worked with some of our favorite artists.

Take a look after the jump and watch all the videos that made the list!

Bat For Lashes: “Daniel” – directed by Johan Renck

Cold War Kids: “I’ve Seen Enough” – directed by Vern Moen

Gnarls Barkley: “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” – directed by Chris Milk

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: “Heads Will Roll” – directed by Richard Ayoad

Anjulie: “Boom” – directed by Adria Petty

Matt and Kim: “Lessons Learned” – directed by Taylor Cohen and Otto Arsenault

Death Cab for Cutie: “Grapevine Fires” – directed by Walter Robot

Passion Pit: “The Reeling” – directed by Humble

Major Lazer: “Hold the Line” – directed by Ferry Gouw

Chairlift: “Evident Utensil” – directed by Ray Tintori

Our favorites (which we’ve also featured in the past) are Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ “Heads Will Roll,” Matt and Kim‘s “Lessons Learned,” Death Cab for Cutie‘s “Grapevine Fires,” and Passion Pit‘s “The Reeling.” Of course, who knows what will beat that walking-singing human heart of Gnarls Barkley‘s!

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