Beyonce Leads MTV Video Music Awards Nominations

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MTV's Video Music Awards nominations are out and Beyonce leads the pack.

Beyonce, currently in the middle of a 21-date On the Run tour in support of her critically acclaimed self-titled album, scored eight nominations including Video of the Year for her duet with husband Jay Z, "Drunk in Love," best female and best choreography. Eminem and Iggy Azalea followed with seven nominations apiece.

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Beyonce and Jay Z's "Drunk in Love" will vie for the top prize against Azalea and Charli XCX's "Fancy," Pharrell Williams' Oscar-nominated song "Happy," Sia's "Chandelier" and Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball." Recent Video of the Year winners include Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors," Rihanna and Calvin Harris' "We Found Love," Katy Perry's "Firework" and Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance."

In the best male music video category, Williams competes against John Legend's "All of Me," Ed Sheeran's "Sing," Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" and Eminem and Rihanna's "Monster" duet. Beyonce's "Partition" goes head-to-head with Azalea, Lorde's Grammy winner "Royals," Ariana Grande's "Problem" and Perry's "Dark Horse" for best female music video.

Capitalizing on the EDM craze, MTV has introduced a new category, the MTV Clubland Award — the VMAs have recognized dance music over the years, most recently in 2012 when Harris won the Moonman. Zedd's "Stay the Night," DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What," Harris' "Summer," Martin Garrix's "Animal" and Disclosure's "Grab Her!" are the nominees.

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Those receiving multiple nominations include Jay Z, Perry, Cyrus, Williams, Grande, Lorde, Smith, Sia, Zedd, Avicii, Pitbull, Jason Derulo and Hayley Williams.

Starting Thursday, fans can vote in VMA categories by visiting vma.mtv.com. Nominees for best lyric video, which will be voted on through social media, are also included for the first time. Voting for MTV Artist to Watch will be done via text messaging to 22444 with the nominee's name.

MTV rolled out the nominations through its official Snapchat account featuring Austin Mahone, Fifth Harmony, Becky G and network stars Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Jillian Rose Reed (Awkward), Carly Aquilino (Girl Code) and Charlamagne Tha God (Guy Code). (Last year, MTV slowly rolled out the nominees via Instagram and Vine.)

The MTV VMAs air live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with previously announced performances from Ariana Grande, Usher and 5 Seconds of Summer. Additional performers will be announced later.

The full list of nominees is below.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy"
Beyonce ft. Jay Z - "Drunk in Love"
Pharrell Williams - "Happy"
Sia - "Chandelier"
Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball"
 
BEST HIP HOP
Eminem - "Bezerk"
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 - "Monster"
 
BEST FEMALE
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy"
Beyonce - "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
Beyonce ft. Jay Z - "Drunk in Love"
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem"
Pitbull ft. Kesha - "Timber"
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga - "Loyal"
Eminem ft. Rihanna - "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”
Beyonce - “Pretty Hurts”
J. Cole ft. TLC - “Crooked Smile”
Kelly Rowland - “Dirty Laundry”
David Guetta ft. Mikky Ekko - “One Voice”
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
30 Seconds to Mars - "City of Angels"
Beyonce - "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"
Beyonce - "Pretty Hurts"
Fitz and The Tantrums - "The Walker"

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Sia - "Chandelier"
Beyonce - "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"
Beyonce - "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"

BEST LYRIC
Katy Perry - "Birthday"
5 Seconds of Summer - "Don't Stop"
Demi Lovato - "Really Don't Care"
Austin Mahone ft. Pitbull - "Mmm Yeah"
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem"

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