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ASU Alumnus Gets MTV VMA Nomination

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Author: Hazel Scott

Release Date: Jul 26, 2018

An Alabama State University alumnus is nominated for his production of a music video.

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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 who just got a nomination nod from MTV VMAs.

On July 16, the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) released the 2018 nominees and amongst that list of nominees was ASU 2010 graduate Vanda Jones III, known to Hollywood as Vanda Lee. He was nominated for Best Latin Video, Maluma "Felices los 4" (English: “Happy the 4 of Us”).

“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,” Lee said.

The video was directed by Jessy Terrero and produced by Vanda Lee. Among the crew was two more ASU alumni -- production assistant Nicholas Reynolds (2010) and production assistant Travon Evans (2017).

The 31-year-old Mobile native, who now lives in L.A., said 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 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in biology at ASU only to end up committing to the life of a 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 there. Now Lee has gained national attention for his behind-the-screen works as a Television/film producer in Hollywood. 

Lee has produced movies and videos for Latin and American artist such as Maluma, Prince Royce, Toni Braxton, Tamar Braxton, T.I., Nicki Minaj,  2 Chainz, Migos, Cardi B, Lil Yachty and many more.

“I have several projects currently in post-production,” Lee said. 

The MTV VMAs will broadcast the awards show on Aug 20.  To help support Lee, the Alabama State University family and friends can vote online at http://www.mtv.com/vma/vote/

More about Lee

Lee was introduced to entertainment at an early age.

“Around the age of six I would always be the one to entertain family and friends when we had gatherings,” Lee said.  “At that moment I knew that I wanted to pursue entertainment, but being from the South entertainment was not a career option for my family.”  

When he is not working, he enjoys traveling the world and spending time with family and friends.

Lee remains connected and devoted to his alma mater. From his first breaks in television and film, he has stayed in touch with teachers and classmates and finds time to serve as president of the Los Angeles Alumni Association of Alabama State University.

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