Taylor Swift Leads The 2015 MTV Video Music Award Nominations

Taylor Swift Leads The 2015 MTV Video Music Award Nominations

The nominations for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards were announced today, and unsurprisingly, the woman of the year, Taylor Swift, leads the pack. Not only is her Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Bad Blood” clip up for seven awards (including the coveted Video of the Year), but her “Blank Space” treatment is also going for two, bringing her total to an impressive nine nominations. Her co-star Kendrick Lamar has several nominations aside from Taylor, and stars like Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars all scored several noms as well.


The nominations were announced on Apple’s Beats1 earlier today, and here they are:

Video of the Year
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift – “Bad Blood (ft. Kendrick Lamar)”
Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk (ft. Bruno Mars)”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Best Collaboration
Taylor Swift – “Bad Blood (ft. Kendrick Lamar)”
Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk (ft. Bruno Mars)”
Ariana Grande – “Love Me Harder (ft. The Weeknd”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang”
Wiz Khalifa – “See You Again (ft. Charlie Puth)”

Best Video With a Social Message
Jennifer Hudson – “I Still Love You”
Colbie Calliat – “Try”
Big Sean – “One Man Can Change the World”

Rihanna – “American Oxygen”
Wale – “The White Shoes”

Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa – “See You Again (ft. Charlie Puth)”

Big Sean – “I Don’t Fuck With You”

Best Rock Video
Hozier – “Take Me To Church”
Fall Out Boy – “Centuries”
Florence + the Machine – “Ship to Wreck”
Walk the Moon – “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High”

Best Female Video
Beyoncé – “7/11″
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

Sia – “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Big Sean – “I Don’t Fuck With You”
Nick Jonas – “Chains”
The Weeknd – “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Best Pop Video
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk (ft. Bruno Mars)”
Maroon 5 – “Sugar”

Artist to Watch
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy – “Riptide”
George Ezra – “Budapest”
James Bay – “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs – “Pendulum”

Best Art Direction
Taylor Swift – “Bad Blood (ft. Kendrick Lamar)” (Charles Infante, art dir.)
Snoop Dogg – “So Many Pros” (Jason Fijal, art dir.)
Jack White – “Would You Fight For My Love?” (Jeff Peterson, art dir.)
The Chemical Brothers – “Go” (Michel Gondry, art dir.)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now (ft. Justin Bieber)” (Brewer, art dir.)

Best Choreography

Beyonce – “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, choreographers; Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano”)
OK Go – “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man, Mori Harano, choreographers)
Chet Faker – “Gold” (Ryan Heffington, choreographer)
Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs, choreographer)
Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me (ft. Kendrick Lamar” (Keone, Mari Madrid, dir.)

Best Cinematography
Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me (ft. Kendrick Lamar” (Larkin Seiple, DP)
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl, DP)
Taylor Swift – “Bad Blood (ft. Kendrick Lamar)” (Christopher Probst, DP)
FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown, DP)
Alt-J – “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson, DP)

Best Direction
Taylor Swift – “Bad Blood (ft. Kendrick Lamar)” (Joseph Kahn, dir.)
Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk (ft. Bruno Mars)” (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy, dir.)
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies, dir.)
Hozier – “Take Me To Church” (Brendan Canty & Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost, dir.)
Childish Gambino – “Sober” (Hiro Murai, dir.)

Best Editing
Beyoncé – “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing, editors)
Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London, editor)
Taylor Swift – “Bad Blood (ft. Kendrick Lamar)” (Chancler Haynes @ Cosmo Street, editor)
A$AP Rocky – “L$D” (Dexter Navy, editor)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now (ft. Justin Bieber)” (Brewer, editor)

Best Visual Effects
Taylor Swift – “Bad Blood (ft. Kendrick Lamar)” (Ingenuity Studios, vfx)
FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, & Max Chyzhevskyy, vfx)
Childish Gambino – “Telegraph Ave” (Gloria FX, vfx)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now (ft. Justin Bieber)” (Brewer, vfx)
Tyler, the Creator – “Fucking Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX, vfx)

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