Beyonce dominates MTV award nominations

BeyonceBeyonce’s ambitious visual album, Lemonade, has earned 11 nominations for this year’s MTV Music Video Awards.

Adele follows close behind with eight nominations, including seven for her Hello video.

Kanye West’s highly-controversial video for Famous, which features the rapper in bed with several naked celebrities including Donald Trump and Taylor Swift, also received two nominations.

The awards take place on 28 August at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

In Lemonade, Beyonce depicts a woman progressing through several stages of grief as she comes to terms with her husband’s infidelity, set in the context of African-American culture.

The entire 60-minute film is in the running for best longform video; while the first single, Formation, is up for the coveted video of the year award, against Adele’s Hello, Drake’s Hotline Bling, Justin Bieber’s Sorry and West’s Famous.

However, Beyonce’s tally fell just short of the all-time record set by Lady Gaga in 2010, when she received 13 nominations – including two for video of the year.

Other nominees for the 2016 instalment include Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris and Florence The Machine.

Taylor Swift, who took home four prizes last year, was overlooked despite releasing three eligible videos in the last year. One of them, Wildest Dreams, was even premiered during the 2015 ceremony.

Pop singer Nick Jonas also failed to pick up any nominations, and tweeted he was “disappointed” not to be recognised for his collaboration with Tove Lo, Close.

The star later recanted, saying: “[I] won’t let this one thing get to me. I’m feeling so inspired and grateful these days. Gonna focus more on caring less about the small stuff.”

MTV revealed this year’s nominations via a panoramic street mural in New York City’s East Village. Winners are selected by fan votes.
List of main nominees:

Video of the year

Adele – Hello
Beyonce – Formation
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Drake – Hotline Bling
Kanye West – Famous

Best male video

Drake – Hotline Bling
Calvin Harris (featuring Rihanna) – This Is What You Came For
Bryson Tiller – Don’t
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
Kanye West – Famous

Best female video

Adele – Hello
Beyonce – Hold Up
Ariana Grande – Into You
Rihanna (featuring Drake) – Work
Sia – Cheap Thrills

Best new artist

Desiigner
DNCE
Lukas Graham
Zara Larsson
Bryson Tiller

Best pop video

Adele – Hello
Beyonce – Formation
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Alessia Cara – Wild Things
Ariana Grande – Into You

Best rock video

All Time Low – Missing You
Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime
Fall Out Boy (featuring Demi Lovato) – Irresistible
Panic! at the Disco – Victorious
Twenty One Pilots – Heathens

Best hip-hop video

2 Chainz – Watch Out
Chance the Rapper (featuring Saba) – Angels
Desiigner – Panda
Drake – Hotline Bling
Bryson Tiller – Don’t

Best electronic video

99 Souls (featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy) – The Girl Is Mine
Afrojack – SummerThing!
The Chainsmokers (featuring Daya) – Don’t Let Me Down
Calvin Harris and Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love
Mike Posner – I Took a Pill in Ibiza

Best collaboration video

Beyonce (featuring Kendrick Lamar) – Freedom
Fifth Harmony (featuring Ty Dolla Sign) – Work from Home
Ariana Grande (featuring Lil Wayne) – Let Me Love You
Calvin Harris (featuring Rihanna) – This Is What You Came For
Rihanna (featuring Drake) – Work

Breakthrough long form video

Beyonce – Lemonade
Justin Bieber – Purpose: The Movement
Chris Brown – Royalty
Florence The Machine – The Odyssey
Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy

Source: BBC

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