Beyoncé, Adele, and Drake

Beyoncé Leads MTV Video Music Awards Nominations

  /  07.26.2016

Queen Bey rules the VMAs. Beyoncé leads the nominations for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.

The superstar scores a career-best 11 nods for her visual album LEMONADE, including Video of the Year for “Formation” and Best Female Video for “Hold Up.”

Adele could give Bey some stiff competition. The British powerhouse earns eight nominations this year, including Video of the Year and Best Female Video with “Hello.”

Ariana Grande and Drake both follow with five. The Toronto rapper will compete for Video of the Year and Best Hip-Hop Video for “Hotline Bling.”

Kanye West is also up for Video of the Year and Best Male Video for his controversial “Famous” clip.

They will face off when the VMAs air live on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 9 p.m. from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Voting is now open to the public.

See a full list of nominees below.

2016 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees

Video of the Year
Adele – “Hello”
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
Kanye West – “Famous”

Best Male Video
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Kanye West – “Famous”
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

Best Female Video
Adele – “Hello”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work”
Sia – “Cheap Thrills”

Best Hip Hop Video
2 Chainz – “Watch Out”
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Chance the Rapper feat. Saba – “Angels”
Desiigner – “Panda”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”

Best Pop Video
Adele – “Hello”
Alessia Cara – “Wild Things”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Justin Bieber – “Sorry”

Best Rock Video
All Time Low – “Missing You”
Coldplay – “Adventure of a Lifetime”
Fall Out Boy feat. Demi Lovato – “Irresistible”
Panic! at the Disco – “Victorious”
Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens”

Best New Artist
Bryson Tiller
Zara Larsson
Lukas Graham

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 feat. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”

Best Collaboration
Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom”
Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign – “Work From Home”
Ariana Grande feat. Lil Wayne – “Let Me Love You”
Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work”

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

Best Choreography
Beyoncé – “Formation” (Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, and Dana Foglia)
Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell – “WTF (Where They From)” (Hi-Hat)
Beyoncé – “Sorry” (Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia, Anthony Burrell, and Beyoncé Knowles Carter)
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X” (FKA Twigs)
Florence + The Machine – “Delilah” (Holly Blakey)

Best Cinematography
Beyoncé – “Formation” (Malik Sayeed)
Adele – “Hello” (André Turpin)
David Bowie – “Lazarus” (Crille Forsberg)
Alesso – “I Wanna Know” (Corey Jennings)
Ariana Grande – “Into You” (Paul Laufer)

Best Direction
Beyoncé – “Formation” (Melina Matsoukas)
Coldplay – “Up&Up” (Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia)
Adele – “Hello” (Xavier Dolan)
David Bowie – “Lazarus” (Johan Renck)
Tame Impala – “The Less I Know The Better” (Canada)

Best Editing
Beyoncé – “Formation” (Jeff Selis)
Adele – “Hello” (Xavier Dolan)
Fergie – “M.I.L.F. $” (Vinnie Hobbs)
David Bowie – “Lazarus” (Johan Söderberg)
Ariana Grande – “Into You” (Hannah Lux Davis)

Best Visual Effects
Coldplay – “Up&Up” (Vania Heymann, Gloria FX and VFX House)
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X” (Lewis Saunders and Jihoon Yoo)
Adele – “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” (Sam Sneade)
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face” (Brewster Parsons and Bryan Smaller)
Zayn – “PILLOWTALK” (Studio Private, David Smith)

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