MTV Announces 2014 VMA Nominees

By Tom Breihan / July 17, 2014

There weren’t exactly a ton of iconic, widely seen music videos this past year, and even if there were, it probably wouldn’t matter, since MTV gave its Video Of The Year to Justin Timberlake’s totally undistinguished “Mirrors” video last year. Nonetheless, the former music-video giant has done its best to round up some big videos for this year’s VMAs. The network announced this year’s nominees on Snapchat this morning, which is a ridiculous thing to do, and it will probably not shock you to learn that Beyoncé led the pack with eight nominations. Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, Lorde, DJ Snake & Lil Jon, and Sia are also up for a bunch of awards. It would be great if someone would explain to me why “Drunk In Love” is up for Video Of The Year while “Partition” is up for Best Female Video, or what Lorde’s “Royals” is doing in the Best Rock Video category. We’ve got the complete list of nominees below.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” (Feat. Jay Z)
Iggy Azalea – “Fancy” (Feat. Charli XCX)
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
Pharrell – “Happy”
Sia – “Chandelier”

BEST MALE VIDEO:
Ed Sheeran – “Sing” (Feat. Pharrell)
Eminem – “The Monster” (Feat. Rihanna)
John Legend – “All Of Me”
Pharrell – “Happy”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO:
Ariana Grande – “Problem” (Feat. Iggy Azalea)
Beyoncé – “Partition”
Iggy Azalea – “Fancy” (Feat. Charli XCX)
Katy Perry – “Dark Horse” (Feat. Juicy J)
Lorde – “Royals”

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO:
Childish Gambino – “3005”
Drake – “Hold On (We’re Going Home)” (Feat. Majid Jordan)
Eminem – “Berzerk”
Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”
Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”

BEST POP VIDEO:
Ariana Grande – “Problem” (Feat. Iggy Azalea)
Avicii – “Wake Me Up” (Feat. Aloe Blacc)
Iggy Azalea – “Fancy” (Feat. Charli XCX)
Jason Derulo – “Talk Dirty” (Feat. 2 Chainz)
Pharrell – “Happy”

BEST ROCK VIDEO:
Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know?”
The Black Keys – “Fever”
Imagine Dragons – “Demons”
Linkin Park – “Until It’s Gone”
Lorde – “Royals”

ARTIST TO WATCH:
5 Seconds Of Summer – “She Looks So Perfect”
Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”
Fifth Harmony – “Miss Movin On”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
Schoolboy Q – “Man Of The Year”

BEST COLLABORATION:
Ariana Grande – “Problem” (Feat. Iggy Azalea)
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” (Feat. Jay Z)
Chris Brown – “Loyal” (Feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga)
Eminem – “The Monster” (Feat. Rihanna)
Katy Perry – “Dark Horse (Feat. Juicy J)
Pitbull – “Timber” (Feat. Ke$ha)

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD:
Calvin Harris – “Summer”
Disclosure – “Grab Her!”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Martin Garrix – “Animals”
Zedd – “Stay The Night” (Feat. Hayley Williams)

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE:
Angel Haze – “Battle Cry” (Feat. Sia)
Avicii – “Hey Brother”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
David Guetta – “One Voice” (Feat. Mikky Ekko)
J. Cole – “Crooked Smile” (Feat. TLC)
Kelly Rowland – “Dirty Laundry”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Thirty Seconds To Mars – “City Of Angels”
Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Gestaffelstein – “Hate Or Glory”
Lana Del Rey – “West Coast”

BEST EDITING:
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Fitz And The Tantrums – “The Walker”
MGMT – “Your Life Is A Lie”
Zedd – “Stay The Night” (Feat. Hayley Williams)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY:
Beyoncé – “Partition”
Jason Derulo – “Talk Dirty” (Feat. 2 Chainz)
Kiesza – “Hideaway”
Michael Jackson – “Love Never Felt So Good” (Feat. Justin Timberlake)
Sia – “Chandelier”
Usher – “Good Kisser”

BEST DIRECTION:
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Eminem – “The Monster” (Feat. Rihanna)
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
OK Go – “The Writing’s On The Wall”

BEST ART DIRECTION:
Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Iggy Azalea – “Fancy” (Feat. Charli XCX)
Tyler, The Creator – “Tamale”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
Disclosure – “Grab Her!”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Jack White – “Lazaretto”
OK Go – “The Writing’s On The Wall”

The show airs 8/24 on MTV.