Rap stars Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Drake and more will all battle it out for categories like “Best Hip Hop Video” at MTV’s annual Video Music Awards next month.
While there are plenty of hip-hop nods, “Suit & Tie” hitmaker Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the annual ceremony with six nods.
The 2013 MTV Video Music Award nominations are finally here! The network took to social media early this morning to announce the nods on their Vine and Instagram accounts. Justin Timberlake and duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis lead this year’s nomination list with six each! Bruno Mars is up for four moon men. Miley Cyrus, Pink, Robin Thicke, and 30 Seconds to Mars are all up for three. The award show will take place on Sunday (August 25) at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center, which will air live from MTV. Be sure to tune in! (Just Jared)
R&B singer Robin Thicke also managed to snag a handful of nods.
Robin Thicke (Blurred Lines, featuring T.I. and Pharrell), who received three nominations — the same number as Pink, Miley Cyrus and 30 Seconds to Mars — and Taylor Swift (I Knew You Were In Trouble) round out the field. Swift was tapped twice, as were Drake, fun., Calvin Harris, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and first-time nominees Kendrick Lamar and Lana Del Rey. Contenders for best video with a social message, a category introduced in 2011, include Kelly Clarkson‘s People Like Us, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s Same Love, Snoop Lion‘s No Guns Allowed, Miguel’s Candles in the Sun and Beyoncé’s I Was Here. (USA Today)
Rap heavyweights like Drake and J. Cole will face-off in the “Best Hip Hop Video” category.
Best Hip Hop Video: » Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us” » Drake, “Started From The Bottom” » Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools” » A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, “F-kin’ Problems” » J. Cole feat. Miguel, “Power Trip” Best Male Video: » Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors” » Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines” » Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven” » Ed Sheeran, “Lego House” » Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools” (MTV VMA’s ’13)
Last year’s event featured a variety of music stars gracing the stage and going home with trophies.
Chris Brown pulled off something of an upset in the best male video category. Rihanna’s former boyfriend won for his self-directed video “Turn Up The Music.” Drake won best hip-hop video for “HYFR,” which featured Lil Wayne. Nicki Minaj, dressed in a skintight full-body outfit, won best female video for “Starships.” Coldplay took best rock video for “Paradise.” And Calvin Harris – the show’s house DJ who’s featured on “We Found Love”_ won the first best electronic dance music award for “Feel So Close.” Beyonce, Perry, Skrillex and Demi Lovato won awards not televised on the show. (Huffington Post)