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2017 MTV VMA Nominations

MTV today announced nominations for the 2017 “MTV Video Music Awards” with Kendrick Lamar scoring the most of the year with eight nominations for his video “HUMBLE,” and Katy Perry and The Weeknd both tied for five nominations each.  

Building on the the non-gendered categories at the 2017 “MTV Movie & TV Awards,” the network also combined the former “Best Female Video” and “Best Male Video” categories into a single “Artist of the Year” category. And, one new category has been added: “Best Fight Against the System,” spotlighting videos that "inspire viewers to stand up and fight injustice."  

See below for the full nominee list. Voting for all the non-technical categories is open at mtv.com/vma/vote/. And, of course, watch the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards live from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27 AT 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.  

VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

  • Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) 
  • Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records) 
  • Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam) 
  • DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best)
  • The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

  • Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records) 
  • Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) 
  • Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records) 
  • Ariana Grande (Republic Records)
  • The Weeknd (XO/Republic Records) 
  • Lorde (Republic Records) 

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®)

  • Khalid (RCA Records) 
  • Kodak Black (Atlantic Records)
  • SZA (TDE/RCA Records) 
  • Young M.A (3D) 
  • Julia Michaels (Republic Records) 
  • Noah Cyrus (Records) 

BEST COLLABORATION 

  • Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore” (Atlantic Records) 
  • DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best) 
  • D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” (Atlantic Records) 
  • The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records) 
  • Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels” (Columbia Records) 
  • Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” (Republic Records)

BEST POP 

  • Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better” (Island Records) 
  • Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You” (Asylum/Atlantic Records) 
  • Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records) 
  • Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records) 
  • Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) 
  • Miley Cyrus – “Malibu” (RCA Records) 

BEST HIP HOP 

  • Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
  • Big Sean – “Bounce Back” (Def Jam) 
  • Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs” (Chance the Rapper LLC) 
  • D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” (Atlantic Records) 
  • Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee” (300 Entertainment) 
  • DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One” (Epic Records/We The Best) 

BEST DANCE 

  • Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay” (Interscope) 
  • Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me” (Ultra/Interscope)
  • Calvin Harris – “My Way” (Columbia Records) 
  • Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water” (Mad Decent) 
  • Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone” (Wall Recordings/Latium/RCA Records)

BEST ROCK 

  • Coldplay – “A Head Full of Dreams” (Parlophone/Atlantic Records)
  • Fall Out Boy – “Young And Menace” (Island) 
  • Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul” (Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records) 
  • Green Day – “Bang Bang” (Warner Bros. Records) 
  • Foo Fighters – “Run” (RCA Records)

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM 

  • Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan” (Def Jam)
  • The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” (Atlantic Records)
  • Big Sean – “Light” (Def Jam)
  • Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam)
  • Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”
  • John Legend – “Surefire” (Columbia Records)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 

  • Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Scott Cunningham) 
  • Imagine Dragons – “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope) (Matthew Wise)
  • Ed Sheeran – “Castle On The Hill” (Asylum/Atlantic Records) (Steve Annis) 
  • DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – “Nobody Speak” (Mass Appeal Records LLC) (David Proctor) 
  • Halsey – “Now or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol) (Kristof Brandl)

BEST DIRECTION 

  • Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Dave Meyers & the little homies) 
  • Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) (Mathew Cullen)
  • Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records)  (Cameron Duddy & Bruno Mars) 
  • Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam) (Aaron A)
  • The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Glenn Michael)

BEST ART DIRECTION 

  • Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Spencer Graves)
  • Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records) (Alex Delgado) 
  • Katy Perry ft. Migos – “Bon Appetit” (Capitol Records) (Natalie Groce) 
  • DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best) (Damian Fyffe)
  • The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Creative Director: Lamar C Taylor / Co-creative Director: Christo Anesti)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 

  • Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)
  • A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation” (Epic Records) (Company: Bemo/Lead: Brandon Hirzel) 
  • KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy” (Atlantic Records) (Company: Gloria FX/Leads: Max Colt & Tomash Kuzmytskyi)
  • Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) (Company: MIRADA)
  • Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records) (Company: ONE MORE/Lead: Cédric Nivoliez)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY 

  • Kanye West – “Fade” (Def Jam) (Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Jae Blaze & Derek ‘Bentley’ Watkins) 
  • Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side To Side” (Republic Records) (Brian & Scott Nicholson) 
  • Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)  (Dave Meyers) 
  • Sia – “The Greatest” (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records) (Ryan Heffington)
  • Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records) (Sean Bankhead)

BEST EDITING 

  • Future – “Mask Off” (Epic Records/Freebandz/A1) (Vinnie Hobbs of VHPost)
  • Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean” (300 Entertainment/Atlantic Records) (Ryan Staake & Eric Degliomini)
  • Lorde – “Green Light” (Republic Records) (Nate Gross of Exile Edit) 
  • The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records) (Jennifer Kennedy) 
  • The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Red Barbaza)

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