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MTV releases artist nominations for its annual Video Music Awards

Posted by Brandon Vesely on 07/17 at 01:32 PM

MTV has released the official nominations for this year’s Video Music Awards, which will be held Sunday, August 25 at 9pm at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Stand-out nominees for the annual award show include emerging artists Kendrick Lamar and Iggy Azalea, and returning stars like Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and Taylor Swift. Macklemore and Justin Timberlake lead the pack with six nominations each.

Here’s a run-down of the nominations:

Video of the Year:  The nominees for this award include Justin Timberlake with “Mirrors,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with “Thrift Shop,” Bruno Mars with “Locked Out of Heaven,” Robin Thicke with “Blurred Lines” featuring T.I. and Pharell, and Taylor Swift with “I Knew You Were Trouble.”  In my opinion, “Mirrors” and “Thrift Shop” are obvious front runners.

Rewatch the video for “Thrift Shop,” which established Macklemore as a rising artist in the hip-hop/pop scene:

Best Video With a Social Message: Nominees for this category include Kelly Clarkson with “People Like Us,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with “Same Love,” Snoop Lion with “No Guns Allowed,” Miguel with “Candles in the Sun,” and Beyoncé with “I Was Here.”  Yet again, I think Macklemore is an obvious standout; recent events relating to LGBT equality make the song’s message particularly relevant and the track has been clogging up radio airwaves for weeks.

Watch “Same Love” here:

Artist to Watch: This award showcases up-and-coming artists from a variety of genres.  The nominees are Twenty One Pilots with “Holding On To You,” Zedd with “Clarity” featuring Foxes, Austin Mahone with “What About Love,” The Weeknd with “Wicked Games,” and Iggy Azalea with “Work.”  My pick for this award is Zedd (who happens to be coming to the Bryce Jordan Center this fall).  His video for “Clarity” features innovative visual effects and a variety of captivating scene changes.

Watch it here:

Best Choreography: The nominees for this award include the usual suspects: Chris Brown with “Fine China,” Ciara with “Body Party,” Jennifer Lopez and Pitt Bull with “Live it Up,” and Justin Bieber with “#thatPOWER,” and Bruno Mars with “Treasure.”  My favorite out of these candidates is Ciara’s “Body Party,” which features the R&B goddess’s unrivaled dancing prowess.

Watch the video here:

Best Cinematography: And the nominees are: Thirty Seconds to Mars with “Up in the Air,” Lana Del Rey with “Ride,” Yeah Yeah Yeahs with “Sacrilege,” Fun. With “Carry On,” and Drake with “Started From the Bottom.”  My choice for this award is “Sacrilege.”  The video is eerily romantic, well-shot, and unforgettable.

Watch the horror-themed video here:

Best Visual Effects: Artists selected as nominees for this award include Capital Cities with “Safe and Sound,” Duck Sauce with “It’s You,” Flying Lotus with “Tony Tortures,” Skrillex and the Doors with “Breakn’ a Sweat,” and, once again, The Weeknd with “Wicked Games.”  I think the forerunner in this category is Capital Cities.  The video for “Safe and Sound” employs high-tech visual effects including holographic dancers, computer generated outfit changes, and a variety of lighting effects.

Watch the unique video here:

For a complete listing of award nominations and to cast your votes before the electronic polls close on August 12, go to:

{name} Author: Brandon Vesely
Bio: Brandon Vesely is originally from the Pittsburgh area and is currently a junior majoring in Public Relations and Spanish at Penn State. In his free time he enjoys reading, writing, biking, and spending time outdoors. His musical interests are wide-ranging and include a variety of alternative genres including post-hardcore, indie, noise pop, and pop punk. Some of his favorite artists are Bayside, Yeasayer, Phantogram, and Fireworks.


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