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Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus Net VMA Award Nominations

Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus & FKA Twigs All Snag Multiple VMA Nominations

Kendrick Lamar Soars In The Stunning, High-Flying Video For "Alright"

MTV has unveiled the list of nominations for its upcoming 2015 VMA Awards, and from the looks of things Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, FKA Twigs and, of course, Taylor Swift all have much to celebrate. Lamar’s brilliant clip for “Alight” netted the MC nominations in four categories, including Best Hip-Hop Video and Video of the Year. FlyLo also received some long-overdue recognition with multiple nominations for his “Never Catch Me” clip, while FKA Twigs is being trumpeted as a dazzling newcomer with two different productions garnering nominations.

Other clear leaders in the nomination race are Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Mark Ronson, whose street-savvy “Uptown Funk” video is in the running in five different categories. The 2015 VMAs will be hosted by Miley Cyrus and will happen August 30th at 9 p.m. EST. Read a full list of category nominations below.

Video of the Year
Beyoncé — “7/11″
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Mark Ronson — “Uptown Funk” (Feat. Bruno Mars)
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright”

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson — “Uptown Funk” (Feat. Bruno Mars)
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 — “See You Again” (Feat. Charlie Puth)
Big Sean — “IDFWU” (Feat. E-40)

Best Pop Video
Beyoncé — “7/11″
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift — “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson — “Uptown Funk” (Feat. Bruno Mars)
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
Fetty Wap — “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy — “Riptide”
George Ezra — “Budapest”
James Bay — “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs — “Pendulum”

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

Video With a Social Message
Jennifer Hudson — “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat — “Try”
Big Sean — “One Man Can Change the World” (Feat. Kanye West and John Legend)
Rihanna — “American Oxygen”
Wale — “The White Shoes”

Best Art Direction
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) (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” (Feat. 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 — “Never Catch Me” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) (Keone and Mari Madrid)

Best Cinematography
Flying Lotus — “Never Catch Me” (Kendrick Lamar) (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood” (Kendrick Lamar) (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs — “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
Alt-J — “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

Best Direction
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood” (Kendrick Lamar) (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson — “Uptown Funk” (Feat. Bruno Mars) (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 — “Bad Blood” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky — “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo — “Where Are U Now” (Feat. Justin Bieber) (Brewer)

Best Visual Effects
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) (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” (Feat. Justin Bieber) (Brewer)
Tyler, The Creator — “Fucking Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)



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