Beyonce, Adele Lead 2016 MTV VMA Nominations

Beyonce, Adele Lead 2016 MTV VMA Nominations

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Beyoncé hit a career landmark with 11 nominations this year for her visual album Lemonade as MTV revealed the list of nominations for the upcoming Video Music Awards. Adele follows for her record-breaking video "Hello," which received eight nominations. The award show will take place on August 28th at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Beyoncé and Adele are up against each other in several categories, including Video of the Year. For the show's biggest award of the night, "Formation" and "Hello" are competing against Drake's massive "Hotline Bling," Justin Bieber's infectious "Sorry" and Kanye West's controversial "Famous." Beyoncé's "Formation" is not the only video from her visual album to be recognized on an individual level: "Hold Up" is nominated for Best Female Video and "Freedom" featuring Kendrick Lamar is nominated for Best Collaboration.

Other artists recognized at this year's award show include Calvin Harris — for both "How Deep Is Your Love" and "This Is What You Came For" — Rihanna, Fifth Harmony and Ariana Grande. Bryson Tiller, Desiigner, Zara Larsson, Lukas Graham and DNCE are this year's nominees for Best New Artist. The professional categories recognize videos by artists that did not make the cut for the main video categories. FKA Twigs, David Bowie and Zayn Malik are among the artists whose video's cinematographers, editors and directors received a nomination. 

The show revealed this year's nominations via a panoramic street mural in New York City's East Village. Though the show has regularly appeared in New York since its launch in 1984, this will be the first year that it takes place at Madison Square Garden. Winners are voted on through fan votes, which can be submitted through vma.mtv.com where the full list of nominations can also be viewed.

2016 MTV VMA Nominees

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Adele – "Hello" [Director: Xavier Dolan]
Beyoncé – "Formation" [Director:Melina Matsoukas]
Drake – "Hotline Bling" [Director: Director X]
Justin Bieber – "Sorry" [Director: Parris Goebel]
Kanye West – "Famous" [Director: Kanye West]

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

Adele – "Hello" [Director: Xavier Dolan]
Beyoncé – "Hold Up" [Director: Jonas Åkerlund]
Sia – "Cheap Thrills" [Director: Lior Molcho]
Ariana Grande – "Into You" [Director: Hannah Lux Davis] 
Rihanna ft. Drake – "Work" (short version) [Director: Director X]

BEST MALE VIDEO

Drake – "Hotline Bling" [Director: Director X]
Bryson Tiller – "Don't" [Director: Cris]
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – "This Is What You Came For" [Director: Emil Nava]
Kanye West – "Famous" [Director: Kanye West]
The Weeknd – "Can’t Feel My Face" [Director: Grant Singer]

BEST COLLABORATION

Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar – "Freedom" [Director: Melina Matsoukas]
Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign – "Work From Home" [Director: Director X]
Ariana Grande ft. Lil Wayne – "Let Me Love You" [Director: Grant Singer]
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – "This Is What You Came For" [Director: Emil Nava]
Rihanna ft. Drake – "Work" (short version) [Director: Director X]

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO

Drake – "Hotline Bling" [Director: Director X]
Desiigner – "Panda” [Director: Paul Geusebroek]
Bryson Tiller – "Don't" [Director: Cris]
Chance The Rapper – "Angels" [Director: Austin Vesely]
2 Chainz – "Watch Out" [Director: Motion Family]

BEST POP VIDEO

Adele – "Hello" [Director: Xavier Dolan]
Beyoncé – "Formation" [Director: Melina Matsoukas]
Justin Bieber – "Sorry" [Director: Parris Goebel]
Alessia Cara – "Wild Things" [Director: Aaron A]
Ariana Grande – "Into You" [Director: Hannah Lux Davis]

BEST ROCK VIDEO

All Time Low – "Missing You" [Director: Patrick Tracy]
Coldplay – "Adventure Of A Lifetime" [Director: Mat Whitecross]
Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato – "Irresistible" [Director: Wayne Isham]
twenty one pilots – "Heathens" [Director: Andrew Donoho]
Panic! At The Disco – "Victorious" [Director: Brandon Dermer]

BEST ELECTRONIC VIDEO

Calvin Harris & Disciples – "How Deep Is Your Love" [Director: Emil Nava]
99 Souls ft. Destiny’s Child & Brandy – "The Girl Is Mine" [Director: Ludovic Zuili, Simon Bouisson]
Mike Posner – "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" [Director: Jon Jon Augustavo]
Afrojack – "SummerThing!" [Director: Sam Sneed]
The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – "Don’t Let Me Down" [Director: Marcus Kuhne]

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
Desiigner
Zara Larsson
Lukas Graham
DNCE

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