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MTV VMA’s 2016: The nominees

By Josh Lee


The 2016 MTV VMAs are set to be big ones this year, and not just for the awards. Britney Spears is set to perform for the first time in almost a decade while Rihanna is set to open the show.

The VMAs will see other musicians such as Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas, Ty Dolla $ign and the Chainsmokers with Halsey.


The VMAs will be broadcast across the globe tonight (August 28) live from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Read the full list of nominees below:

Video of the year
Adele – ‘Hello’
Beyoncé – ‘Formation’
Drake – ‘Hotling Bling’
Justin Bieber – ‘Sorry’
Kanye West – ‘Famous’

Best Female Video
Adele – ‘Hello’
Beyoncé – ‘Hold Up’
Sia – ‘Cheap Thrills’
Ariana Grande – ‘Into You’
Rihanna ft. Drake – ‘Work’

Best Male Video
Drake – ‘Hotline Bling’
Bryson Tiller – ‘Don’t’
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – ‘This Is What You Came For’
Kanye West – ‘Famous’
The Weeknd – ‘Can’t Feel My Face’

Best Collaboration
Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Freedom’
Fifth Harmony ft Ty Dolla $ign – ‘Work From Home’
Ariana Grande ft Lil Wayne – ‘Let Me Love You’
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – ‘This Is What You Came For’
Rihanna ft. Drake – ‘Work’

Best Hip Hop Video
Drake – ‘Hotline Bling’
Desiigner – ‘Panda’
Bryson Tiller – ‘Don’t’
Chance The Rapper ft. Saba – ‘Angels’
2 Chainz – ‘Watch Out’

Best Pop Video
Adele – ‘Hello’
Beyoncé – ‘Formation’
Justin Bieber – ‘Sorry’
Alessia Cara – ‘Wild Things’
Ariana Grande – ‘Into You’

Best Rock Video
All Time Low – ‘Missing You’
Coldplay – ‘Adventures Of A Lifetime’
twenty one pilots – ‘Heathens’
Panic! At The Disco – ‘Victorious’

Best Electronic Video
Calvin Harris & Disciples – ‘How Deep Is Your Love’
99 Souls ft. Destiny’s Child & Brandy – ‘The Girl Is Mine’
Mike Posner – ‘I Took A Phill In Ibiza’
Afrojack – ‘SummerThing!’
The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – ‘Don’t Let Me Down’

Breakthrough Long Form Video
Florence + The Machine – ‘The Odyssey’
Beyoncé – ‘Lemonade’
Justin Bieber – ‘PURPOSE: The Movement’
Chris Brown – ‘Royalty’
Troye Sivan – ‘Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy’

Best New Artist
Bryson Tiller
Zara Larsson
Lukas Graham

Best Art Direction
Beyoncé – ‘Hold Up’ (Production Designer: Jason Hougaard)
Fergie – ‘M.I.L.F. $’ (Production Designer: Alexander Delgado)
Drake – ‘Hotline Bling’ (Production Designer: Jeremy MacFarlane)
David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’ (Production Designer: Jan Houllevigue)
Adele – ‘Hello’ (Production Designer: Colombe Raby)

Best Choreography
Beyoncé – ‘Formation’ (Choreographer: Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia)
Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell – ‘WTF (Where They From)’ (Choreographer: Hi-Hat)
Beyoncé – ‘Sorry’ (Choreographer: Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia, Anthony Burrell, Beyoncé Knowles Carter)
FKA Twigs – ‘M3LL155X’ (Choreographers: Aaron Sillis, Benjamin Milan, Kenrick Sandy and FKA twigs)
Florence + The Machine – ‘Delilah’ (Choreographer: Holly Blakey)

Best Direction
Beyoncé – ‘Formation’ (Director: Melina Matsoukas)
Coldplay – ‘Up&Up’ (Director: Vania Heymann, Gal Muggia)
Adele – ‘Hello’ (Director: Xavier Dolan)
David Bowie – ‘Lazarus’ (Director: Johan Renck)
Tame Impala – ‘The Less I Know The Better’ (Director: Canada)

Best Cinematography
Beyoncé – ‘Formation’ (Cinematographer: Malik Sayeed)
Adele – ‘Hello’ (Cinematographer: André Turpin)
David Bowie – ‘Lazarus’ (Cinematographer: Crille Forsberg)
Alesso – ‘I Wanna Know’ (Cinematographer: Corey Jennings)
Ariana Grande – ‘Into You’ (Cinematographer: Paul Laufer)

Best Editing
Beyoncé – ‘Formation’ (Editor: Jeff Selis)
Adele – ‘Hello’ (Editor: Xavier Dolan)
Fergie – ‘M.I.L.F. $’ (Editor: Vinnie Hobbs)
David Bowie – ‘Lazarus’ (Editor: Johan Söderberg)
Ariana Grande – ‘Into You’ (Editor: Hannah Lux Davis)

Best Visual Effects
Coldplay – ‘Up&Up’ (VFX Editor: Vania Heymann)
FKA Twigs – ‘M3LL155X’ (VFX Editors: Lewis Saunders and Electric Theatre Collective)
Adele – ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’ (VFX Editor: Jonathan Box, MPC)
The Weeknd – ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ (VFX Editor: Bryan Smaller)
Zayn – ‘PILLOWTALK’ (VFX Editor: David Smith)

The MTV VMAs air live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, August 28.

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