ASU Alumnus Nominated for an MTV Video Music Award!

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Those who are plugged into social media feeds just might have recognized the work of a talented local artist who graduated from Alabama State University and who just got a nomination nod for an MTV Video Music Award (VMA’s).

On July 16, MTV released its list of 2018 nominees for its coveted VMA’s and amongst that list of nominees was a member of the Hornet Nation, Vanda Jones III, known to Hollywood as “Vanda Lee,” who is a 2010 graduate of ASU. He was nominated for Best Latin Video, which is titled “Maluma “Felices los 4,” which translates in English as “Happy the 4 of Us.”

Lee said that he and Jessy Terrero directed and produced the video. Among the crew helping Lee were two more ASU alumni — production assistant Nicholas Reynolds (ASU ’10) and production assistant Travon Evans (ASU ’17).

In discussing his personal philosophy for the success that helped him obtain the coveted MTV VMA nomination, Lee said “In order to produce a good harvest you must plant a good seed and water it; not all will grow and some may die, but keep at it.”

The 31-year-old Mobile native, who now lives in Los Angeles (L.A.), said some music videos can be impressive works of art and using the right team is important.

“I’ve worked with both director Jessy Terrero and Maluma before, so it was only right that they would bring me on board to complete the team,” Lee said. “As a producer, I’m responsible for hiring the best players to make a strong team. Both young men Reynolds and Evans are hard workers, so I made it possible to bring them on board.”

Lee graduated from Alabama State University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology/minor in biology degrees only to end up committing to the life of a music producer.

“In 2008, a film crew from L.A. came to ASU to shoot a short film titled ‘Montgomery’ and that’s where I landed my first production assistant job,” Lee said.

His journey to success started from ASU’s campus and now Lee has gained national attention for his behind-the-screen works as a television/film producer in Hollywood, which is now magnified due to his MTV nomination.