On the advice of then-Warner Bros. record executive Jeff Ayeroff, a-ha tried for a third time under the tutelage of producer Alan Tarney. When Ayeroff saw early footage, he got excited and told Barron to give him a close-to-final version. MTV bestowed 11 Video Music Awards nominations on the song, of which it won eight. \"Take on Me\" was the second of Barron’s significant music video animations that year. He also directed the video for “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits, which beat “Take on Me” for Best Music Video honors at the VMAs.