• Beyonce, Eminem, and Iggy Azalea Top List of 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees

    Jul 17, 2014 1:14 PM by Alyssa

    VMAs 2014

    The annual MTV Video Music Awards announced the list of nominees for its 2014 ceremony on July 17, celebrating yet another year of accomplishments in the ever-expanding visual medium. The past year has produced countless memorable videos, from Miley Cyrus’ provocative “Wrecking Ball” to OK Go’s four-minute optical illusion for “The Writing’s on the Wall,” and the worthy 2014 contenders will get to see who takes home the coveted “Moonman” statue during the official ceremony at the L.A. Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Aug. 24.

    Unsurprisingly, this year’s leader in nominations is Beyoncé, whose self-titled 2013 album featured a unique music video for each song from the 14-track release, as well as three songs only released in video form. The vocalist earned a Video of the Year nod for “Drunk in Love,” her latest collaboration with husband Jay Z, with whom she’s lighting up stadiums this summer as part of their co-headlining On the Run Tour. Beyoncé’s most recent single, “Pretty Hurts,” also earned four nominations: Best Video with a Social Message, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Best Direction.

     

    Eminem and Iggy Azalea followed in Beyoncé’s footsteps this year with seven nominations each, many of those coming from their joint collaborations. Eminem was nominated in the Best Hip-Hip Video category for 2013’s “Berserk,” but his collaboration with Rihanna, “The Monster,” also earned him nods in Best Collaboration and Best Male Video. The two acts also will be taking their success on the road in 2014 with The Monster Tour, which is scheduled to visit several stadiums across the country this August.

     

    Iggy Azalea’s single “Fancy” just spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the video, inspired by the 1995 film Clueless, also earned recognition with several VMA nods in the categories of Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, and Video of the Year. Other notable contenders at the VMAs this year include newcomer Sam Smith, who will embark on his first headlining North American tour starting in September. Katy Perry, currently in the middle of her colorful Prismatic World Tour, is also on the short list for Best Female Video and Best Collaboration for “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J. Her live show incorporates the same Egyptian motifs seen in the official video, which has logged over 450 million views since it was uploaded in February.

     

    The live VMAs ceremony in August is set to feature appearances from acts like Usher, Ariana Grande, rising Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer, and many more, and you can secure MTV Video Music Awards tickets as soon as they become available through the Vivid Seats marketplace. Browse the list below to see which other major musicians will be competing in the biggest categories at the L.A. Forum later this summer.

    MTV Video Music Awards 2014: Major Category Nominees

    Video of the Year
    Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
    Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
    Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
    Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
    Sia, “Chandelier”

    Best Hip-Hop Video
    Childish Gambino, “3005″
    Drake ft. Majid Jordan, “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
    Eminem, “Berzerk”
    Kanye West, “Black Skinhead”
    Wiz Khalifa, “We Dem Boyz”

    Best Male Video
    Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams, “Sing”
    Eminem ft. Rihanna, “The Monster”
    John Legend, “All of Me”
    Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
    Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”

    Best Female Video
    Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
    Beyoncé, “Partition”
    Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
    Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
    Lorde, “Royals”

    Best Pop Video
    Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
    Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up”
    Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
    Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
    Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

    Best Rock Video
    Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know?”
    Black Keys, “Fever”
    Imagine Dragons, “Demons”
    Linkin Park, “Until It’s Gone”
    Lorde, “Royals”

    Best Collaboration
    Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
    Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
    Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga, “Loyal”
    Eminem ft. Rihanna, “The Monster”
    Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
    Pitbull ft. Kesha, “Timber”

    Best Choreography
    Beyoncé, “Partition”
    Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
    Kiesza, “Hideaway”
    Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake, “Love Never Felt So Good”
    Sia, “Chandelier”
    Usher, “Good Kisser”

    Best Visual Effects
    Disclosure, “Grab Her!”
    DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
    Eminem, “Rap God”
    Jack White, “Lazaretto”
    OK Go, “The Writing’s On The Wall”

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