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Teyana Taylor wins Video Director of the Year at the 2020 BET Awards

Daniel Sannwald

Fans are giving Teyana Taylor her flowers after she won the Video Director of the Year award at the 2020 BET Awards Sunday night, in a category against seasoned directors Benny BoomDave Meyers and Director X.

The R&B singer goes by her production moniker Spike Tey, inspired by film director Spike Lee. 

Teyana has released three self-directed videos from 2014’s K.T.S.E., and more recently for “Made It and “Wake Up Love” from THE ALBUM, which debuted at #1 on the Top R&B Albums charts. 

Under her female-led producing company, The Aunties Production, Teyana’s also directed music videos for Macy GraySchoolboy QWaleT.I., and Lil Duval, to name a few.

“One thing that I’ve always been very, very good at is helping others and creating for others,” Taylor shared with WWD. “I enjoy getting their vision out, because I know how it feels to maybe not be super technical, but to also know what you want. My job as a director is to be that happy medium.”

“I want to be that gap in between, to let them know you have someone here who understands you, and understands exactly what it is you’re trying to do and exactly what it is you’re trying to get across,” she adds.

Fun fact: Teyana Taylor choreographed Beyoncé‘s “Ring the Alarm” music video at 15 years old.

By Rachel George
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