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MTV Announces '15 Video Music Award Nominees, Kendrick Lamar Leads The Pack

The MTV VMA nominees for the 2015 show have been announced, Kendrick Lamar leads the way with 13.
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It's about that time again, when summer winds down and the music industry comes together for one night to celebrate the time-honored tradition of music videos... that are only played on the internet. That's right, MTV's 2015 Video Music Awards go live at 9pm ET on Sunday, August 30 from L.A.’s Microsoft Theater, and today we get an early look at this year's nominees.

Miley Cyrus is set to host, though let's all pray that Robin Thicke will not be joining her on stage for a reunion of the waking nightmare that was their 2013 performance.

Voting Categories

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”

Artist To Watch
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy, “Riptide”
George Ezra, “Budapest”
James Bay, “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs, “Pendulum”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Big Sean, “I Don’t F—k With You”

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, “Centuries”
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”

Best Collaboration
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
Ariana Grande ft. The Weeknd, “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”

Best Video With a Social Message
Jennifer Hudson, “I Still Love You”
Colbie Calliat, “Try”
Big Sean, “One Man Can Change the World”
Rihanna, “American Oxygen”
Wale, “The White Shoes”

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Big Sean, “I Don’t F**k With You”
Nick Jonas, “Chains”
The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”

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Best Female Video
Beyoncé, “7/11″
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Sia, “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”

Professional Categories

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” (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)

All the usual suspects appear here, with your Taylor Swift's, Beyoncé's and Maroon 5's appearing as expected. I'm sure all most hip-hop fans can appreciate Kendrick's 13 (!!!) nominations, especially having his name in the running in two different Video of the Year selections.

Some quick thoughts: Fetty Wap better be bringing home the honors for Artist to Watch, Big Sean better get some love considering his many great videos this year, Rocky's "L$D" did indeed have some pretty damn good editing and I'm officially sick of "Uptown Funk."

My prediction is that while we're pulling for "Alright" to win it all, "Bad Blood" will prevail. "But we gon' be...."

You can head over to MTV right now to cast your votes.

[By Brendan Varan. He can't believe Migos got snubbed. Follow him on Twitter.]

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