Beyonce, Eminem, Iggy Azalea lead 2014 MTV VMA noms

MTV, a unit of Viacom Inc., has announced the nominations for the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards airing live from The Forum in Inglewood, CA on Sunday, August 24th at 9 pm ET/PT via an innovative first-of-its-kind social media rollout on Snapchat. Global superstar Beyoncé, who surprised and delighted fans worldwide with the revolutionary release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed visual album earlier this year, leads the pack with an astounding eight nominations including “Video of the Year,” “Best Female” and “Best Choreography.”

Eminem and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea received an impressive seven nominations each. Eminem scores multiple nods for categories including “Best Hip-Hop,” “Best Male” and “Best Collaboration” while previous “Artist to Watch” nominee Iggy Azalea finds herself vying for some of the top awards including “Video of the Year,” “Best Female” and “Best Pop.” Beginning today, fans can vote in VMA categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist to Watch” and more by visiting vma.mtv.com.

Battling it out for the highly coveted “Video of the Year” are Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX with their 90’s throwback “Clueless” homage “Fancy,” Beyoncé ft. JAY Z’s dark and sensuous “Drunk in Love,” the catchy pop phenomenon “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, Sia’s mysterious and faceless “Chandelier” and the video that spawned a million memes, Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” Previous recent “Video of the Year” winners include Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” (2013), Rihanna’s featuring Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (2012), Katy Perry’s “Firework” (2011) and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” (2010).

Following last year’s groundbreaking stop-motion video nominations announcement via MTV’s Instagram and Vine accounts, MTV notched yet another first by revealing this year’s nominations via MTV’s Snapchat account. On Thursday morning (July 17th), the nominations were revealed exclusively via MTV snaps featuring “MTV Artist to Watch” alums Austin Mahone and Fifth Harmony, emerging artist Becky G, and MTV talent including “Teen Wolf’s” Tyler Posey, “Awkward’s” Jillian Rose Reed, “Girl Code’s” Carly Aquilino and “Guy Code’s” Charlamagne Tha God.

Fans can vote in VMA categories, including “Best Hip Hop,” “MTV Clubland,” “Best Video with a Social Message,” and more by visiting vma.mtv.com. Additionally, fans can vote for “MTV Artist To Watch,” presented by Taco Bell, by texting the nominee’s name to 22444 (standard message and data rates apply).

Nominees for a new socially voted category, “Best Lyric Video” will be announced at a later date on vma.mtv.com.

Usher, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer are confirmed to perform with additional talent being announced at a later date.

See below for a full list of nominations:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
  • Beyoncé ft. JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”
  • Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
  • Sia – “Chandelier”
  • Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”

BEST HIP HOP

  • Eminem – “Berzerk”
  • Drake ft. Majid Jordan – “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
  • Childish Gambino – “3005”
  • Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”
  • Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”

BEST MALE

  • Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
  • John Legend – “All Of Me”
  • Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell – “Sing”
  • Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
  • Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”

BEST FEMALE

  • Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
  • Beyoncé – “Partition”
  • Lorde – “Royals”
  • Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
  • Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

BEST POP

  • Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
  • Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
  • Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty”
  • Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
  • Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc – “Wake Me Up”

BEST ROCK

  • Imagine Dragons – “Demons”
  • Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know”
  • The Black Keys – “Fever”
  • Lorde – “Royals”
  • Linkin Park – “Until It’s Gone”

MTV ARTIST TO WATCH

  • Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
  • 5 Seconds of Summer -“She Looks So Perfect”
  • Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”
  • Schoolboy Q – “Man Of The Year”
  • Fifth Harmony – “Miss Movin On”

BEST COLLABORATION

  • Beyoncé ft. JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”
  • Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
  • Pitbull ft. Ke$ha – “Timber”
  • Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
  • Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”
  • Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD:

  • DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
  • Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”
  • Calvin Harris – “Summer”
  • Martin Garrix – “Animal”
  • Disclosure – “Grab Her!”

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE

  • Angel Haze ft. Sia – “Battle Cry”
  • Avicii – “Hey Brother”
  • Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
  • J. Cole ft. TLC – “Crooked Smile”
  • Kelly Rowland – “Dirty Laundry”
  • David Guetta ft. Mikky Ekko – “One Voice”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Thirty Seconds to Mars – “City of Angels”
  • Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
  • Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”
  • Gesaffelstein – “Hate or Glory”
  • Lana Del Rey – “West Coast”

BEST EDITING

  • Eminem – “Rap God”
  • MGMT – “Your Life is a Lie”
  • Zedd ft. Hayley Williams -“Stay the Night”
  • Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
  • Fitz and The Tantrums – “The Walker”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Sia – “Chandelier”
  • Beyoncé – “Partition”
  • Usher – “Good Kisser”
  • Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake – “Love Never Felt So Good”
  • Jason Derulo ft. 2Chainz – “Talk Dirty”
  • Kiesza – “Hideaway”

BEST DIRECTION

  • DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
  • OK Go – “The Writing’s On the Wall”
  • Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
  • Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
  • Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”

BEST ART DIRECTION

  • DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
  • Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
  • Eminem – “Rap God”
  • Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
  • Tyler, The Creator – “Tamale”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
  • OK Go – “The Writing’s On the Wall”
  • Disclosure – “Grab Her!”
  • Eminem – “Rap God”
  • Jack White – “Lazaretto”

Author: Buddy Iahn

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