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Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé Lead MTV Video Music Award Nominees

 

Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” and “Blank Space” music videos earned the pop star a whopping 10 nominations for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, with Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé trailing with six and five nods, respectively.

The trio will compete for the Moonman in a number of categories, including Video of the Year, where Swift’s star-studded, Kendrick Lamar-featuring “Bad Blood” clip, Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and Beyoncé’s “7/11″ are nominated alongside Lamar’s “Alright” and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” Beyoncé, Sheeran and Swift — this time with “Blank Space” — will also vie for Best Pop video against “Uptown Funk” and Maroon 5′s “Sugar.”

Swift’s “Blank Space” and Bey’s “7/11″ are also nominated for Best Female video against Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” Sia’s “Elastic Heart” and Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do.” And Sheeran, Lamar and Ronson and Mars’ aforementioned clips will all compete for Best Male Video against The Weeknd’s “Earned It” and Nick Jonas’ “Chains.”

This year’s Artist to Watch category boasts Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” Vance Joy’s “Riptide,” George Ezra’s “Budapest,” James Bay’s “Hold Back the River” and FKA Twigs’ “Pendulum.” This year, fan voting for the Artist to Watch award will remain live through the VMA pre-show; at that time, the top two artists will be announced and the winner will be decided by a live hashtag vote.

Additionally, nominees for the social media-driven category Best Song of Summer will be announced at a later date. Starting today, fans can cast their votes for various VMA categories on the show’s website. A complete list of this year’s MTV VMA nominees is available below.

Miley Cyrus will host the 2015 Video Music Awards, which will take place Sunday, August 30th at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Video of the Year
Beyoncé — “7/11″
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar — “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars — “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright”

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars — “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright”
The Weeknd — “Earned It”
Nick Jonas — “Chains”

Best Female Video
Beyoncé — “7/11″
Taylor Swift — “Blank Space”
Nicki Minaj — “Anaconda”
Sia — “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding — “Love Me Like You Do”

Best Hip Hop Video
Fetty Wap — “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj — “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth — “See You Again”
Big Sean ft. E-40 — “IDFWU”

Best Pop Video
Beyoncé — “7/11″
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift — “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars — “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5 — “Sugar”

Best Rock Video
Hozier — “Take Me To Church”
Fall Out Boy — “Uma Thurman”
Florence + the Machine — “Ship To Wreck”
Walk the Moon — “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys — “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

Artist to Watch presented by Taco Bell
Fetty Wap — “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy — “Riptide”
George Ezra — “Budapest”
James Bay — “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs — “Pendulum”

Best Collaboration
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar — “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars — “Uptown Funk”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth — “See You Again”
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd — “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj — “Bang Bang”

Video With a Social Message
Jennifer Hudson — “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat — “Try”
Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend — “One Man Can Change the World”
Rihanna — “American Oxygen”
Wale — “The White Shoes”

Professional Categories

Best Art Direction
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar — “Bad Blood” (Charles Infante)
Snoop Dogg — “So Many Pros” (Jason Fijal)
Jack White — “Would You Fight For My Love” (Jeff Peterson)
The Chemical Brothers — “Go” (Michel Gondry)
Skrillex & Diplo — “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best Choreography
Beyoncé — “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
OK Go — “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Chet Faker — “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran — “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar — “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)

Best Cinematography
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar — “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar — “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs — “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
Alt-J — “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

Best Direction
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar — “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars — “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars and Cameron Duddy)
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
Hozier — “Take Me To Church” (Brendan Canty, Conal Thomson)
Childish Gambino — “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

Best Editing
Beyoncé — “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran — “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar — “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky — “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo — “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best Visual Effects
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar — “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs — “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino — “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)
Skrillex & Diplo — “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Tyler, The Creator — “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

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