2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Nominations Announcement
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2016 MTV VMAs: Did Your Favorites Get Nominated?

Beyonce! Drake! Kanye! Ri! Missy! FKA Twigs! Chance! Bryson! Desiigner!

Brace yourselves, music fans, because one of the most eventful awards shows, the MTV Video Music Awards, is hitting New York City on Aug. 28 at Madison Square Garden. The nominations were announced live on MTV's Facebook today (Jul. 26) and used graffiti and wall art to depict the videos of the nominees.

Beyonce snagged 11 nominations this year, all thanks to her Emmy-nominated visual special, Lemonade. She is up for Video Of The Year ("Formation"), Best Female Video ("Hold Up), and Best Collaboration Video ("Freedom" feat. Kendrick Lamar), among many others.

Kanye West's controversial "Famous" music video and Drake's meme-tastic "Hotline Bling" will also duke it out for Video Of The Year, while Rihanna's "Work" is up for Best Female Video and Best Collaboration and her song with Calvin Harris ("This Is What You Came For") received two award noms.

Chance The Rapper, who has had a very successful 2016, received a nomination for his video "Angels" in the Best Hip Hop Video category. Bryson Tiller is up for three awards- Best Hip Hop Video, Best Male Video (both for "Don't) and Best New Artist, where he is up against the likes of Desiigner. The 19-year-old Brooklynite's hit song "Panda" could gain a Best New Artist win and a Best Hip Hop Video honor, but it all depends on your votes. You can vote once per category once a day on MTV's website.

Check out the full list of nominees below, and make sure to watch the show to see who the winners are on Aug. 28 at 9 p.m. EST.

Video of the Year Adele – “Hello”
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Drake – “Hotline 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” (short version)

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” (short version)

Best Hip Hop Video
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Desiigner – “Panda”
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Chance The Rapper – “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 – “Adventure Of A Lifetime”
Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato – “Irresistible”
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 Pill 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
Desiigner
Zara Larsson
Lukas Graham
DNCE

Best Art Direction
Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
Fergie – “M.I.L.F. $”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
David Bowie – “Blackstar”
Adele – “Hello”

Best Choreography
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell – “WTF (Where They From)”
Beyoncé – “Sorry”
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X”
Florence + The Machine – “Delilah”

Best Direction
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Coldplay – “Up&Up”
Adele – “Hello”
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Tame Impala – “The Less I Know The Better”

Best Cinematography
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Adele – “Hello”
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Alesso – “I Wanna Know”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”

Best Editing
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Adele – “Hello”
Fergie – “M.I.L.F. $”
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”

Best Visual Effects
Coldplay – “Up&Up”
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X”
Adele – “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
Zayn – “PILLOWTALK”

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