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Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd lead MTV VMA nominations

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KENDRICK LAMAR will lead the way at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards after scoring eight nominations.

His music video for the hit track Humble will compete for the top honour of Video of the Year, against Bruno Mars' 24K Magic, Alessia Cara's Scars To Your Beautiful, Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled, Rihanna, and Bryson Tiller as well as The Weeknd's Reminder.

Humble is also in the running for Best Hip Hop, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, and Best Choreography, too.

Meanwhile, Katy Perry and The Weeknd have picked up five nods each; Katy has been recognised for her Chained to the Rhythm and Bon Appetit videos, and The Weeknd for Reminder.

Another new category for this year's (2017) prizegiving is Best Fight Against the System, which celebrates videos that inspire music fans to "to stand up and fight injustice".

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will take place at The Forum in Los Angeles on 27 August (2017).

See the full list of nominees below:

2017 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees:

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 and Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts (Epic Records/We The Best)
The Weeknd – Reminder (XO/Republic Records)


The Weekend

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

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 and 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 and Big Sean – Feels (Columbia Records)
Zayn and Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) (Republic Records)


DJ Khaled and Rihanna

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 feat. 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 and Boujee (300 Entertainment)
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and 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)


Big Sean

Best Fight Against the System

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – Black SpiderMan (Race & LGBTQ) (Def Jam)
The Hamilton Mixtape – Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) (Immigration) (Atlantic Records)
Big Sean – Light (Race) (Def Jam)
Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful (Body image) (Def Jam)
Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL (Environment)
John Legend – Surefire (Immigration & Anti-Muslim hate) (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 feat. Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (Capitol Records) (Mathew Cullen)
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (Atlantic Records) (Cameron Duddy and 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 and 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)


A Tribe Called Quest

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 and 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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