The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards are just one month away and the nominees for this year’s edition of the event were announced on Tuesday, with Beyonce and Adele in the lead.
Beyonce is the most nominated artist, as she competes for a total of 11 awards – her highest ever amount for this awards ceremony in one year. Her HBO special “Lemonade” got a nod in the newest VMA category, Breakthrough Long Form Video, while “Formation” got nominated in the Video of the Year category, along with Best Pop Video, Best Choreography, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, and Best Editing.
Next in line is Adele, who has a total of eight nominations. The British singer’s hit “Hello” is the most nominated video with no less than seven categories.
Beyonce’s and Adele’s clips will go up against Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” and Kanye West’s “Famous” for the Video of the Year accolade.
An impressive panoramic street mural in East Village, which you can see in the photo below, presented the five Video of the Year nominees. The unveiling was made via a Live broadcast on MTV’s Facebook page.
In the Best Female Video category, Beyonce and Adele will compete with Sia (“Cheap Thrills”) and Ariana Grande (“Into You”).
As for the other names on the list, Rihanna also entered the race for Best Female Video and Best Collaboration with “Work,” while the late David Bowie secured two nominations, for Best Art Direction with “Blackstar” and for Best Direction with “Lazarus.”
Taylor Swift, who was nominated in ten categories last year and went home with the trophy for Best Video for her hit track “Bad Blood,” got snubbed this year, with exactly zero nominations, although the 26-year-old singer released three music videos in the past year.
This year’s MTV VMAs will be held on Sunday, August 28, at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, so fans have plenty of time to cast their votes. The host of the ceremony has not been announced yet. To see the entire list of nominees, go to MTV’s official website.