Justin Timberlake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Top MTV VMA Nominations

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Boasting six nominations apiece, resurgent pop titan Justin Timberlake and collegiate hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis dominated the MTV Video Music Awards nominations, which were announced Wednesday morning.

Competing for the top video of the year honor are Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” Macklemore and Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Mars trails the two frontrunners with four nominations, while Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Pink and 30 Seconds to Mars all earned three noms each.

Set to be broadcast live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on August 25, the 2013 VMAs will mark the kudocast’s 30th anniversary. The VMAs have experienced some seesawing ratings in recent years: 2011’s edition was the highest-rated broadcast in MTV history, while last year’s – which was atypically held on a Thursday, on the same night that President Obama addressed the DNC – was the lowest-rated VMAs since 2007.

Full nominations can be found below.

Video of the Year

Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz – “Thrift Shop”

Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”

Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”

Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Best Hip-Hop Video

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”

Drake – “Started From the Bottom”

Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools”

A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – “F**kin Problems”

J. Cole feat. Miguel – “Power Trip”

Best Male Video

Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”

Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”

Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”

Ed Sheeran – “Lego House”

Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools”

Best Female Video

Rihanna feat. Mickey Ekko – “Stay”

Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”

Pink feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me a Reason”

Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack”

Best Pop Video

Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”

Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”

Fun – “Carry On”

Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”

Selena Gomez – “Come and Get It”

Artist to Watch

Twenty One Pilots – “Holding On To You”

Zedd feat. Foxes – “Clarity”

Austin Mahone – “What About Love”

The Weeknd – “Wicked Games”

Iggy Azalea – “Work”

Best Collaboration

Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”

Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – “Feel This Moment”

Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – “I Need Your Love”

Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”

Pink feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me a Reason”

Best Video with a Social Message

Kelly Clarkson – “People Like Us”

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – “Same Love”

Snoop Lion – “No Guns Allowed”

Miguel – “Candles in the Sun”

Beyonce – “I Was Here”

Best Rock Video

Imagine Dragons – “Radiocative”

Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”

Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”

30 Seconds to Mars – “Up In the Air”

Vampire Weekend – “Diane Young”

Best Art Direction

Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”

30 Seconds to Mars – “Up in the Air”

Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – “Q.U.E.E.N”

Lana Del Rey – “National Anthem”

Alt-J – “Tesselate”

Best Choreography

Chris Brown – “Fine China”

Ciara – “Body Party”

Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull – “Live It Up”

will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber – “#thatPOWER”

Bruno Mars – “Treasure”

Best Cinematography

30 Seconds to Mars – “Up in the Air”

Lana Del Rey – “Ride”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”

A-Trak & Tommy Trash – “Tuna Melt”

Best Direction

Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”

Fun – “Carry On”

Drake – “Started From the Bottom”

Best Editing

Pink feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me a Reason”

Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing”

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”

Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”

Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”

Best Visual Effects

Flying Lotus – “Tiny Tortures”

Skrillex feat. The Door – “Breakin’ A Sweat”

The Weeknd – “Wicked Games”

Duck Sauce – “It’s You”

Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”


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