2015 MTV VMA Nominations: Taylor Swift, Beyonce And Ed Sheeran Lead The Pack

Published on July 21, 2015.
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With just over a month to go before the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards storm the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, fans are getting more and more information about the big awards show. On Monday, July 20, Miley Cyrus revealed via her Instagram and Twitter that she had been selected to host the VMAs and, only a day later, the nominations have been announced.

To say that Swift has been dominating the music industry in recent years is an understatement, so it is unsurprising to learn that she leads the way with the most awards nods following the announcement of the nominations.

The 25-year old star has received nine nominations including, Video of the Year for “Bad Blood,” Best Female Video for “Blank Space,” Best Pop Video for “Blank Space,” Best Collaboration, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Editing, and Best Visual Effects.

Her good friend Ed Sheeran is close on her heels with six nods and, of course, Beyonce rounds out the top three with five nominations. While they will all probably win at least one Moonmen Award for their videos, all three are competing against each other in the Video of the Year and Best Pop Video categories, lending intrigue to who will come out on top.

The MTV Music Video Awards will air on August 30 at 9 p.m. Check out the full list of nominees below:

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”

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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