Here Are The 2015 MTV VMA Nominations

Who could’ve predicted that after wagging a foam finger all over Robin Thicke, two years later Miley Cyrus would end up hosting the VMAs? Guess it’s not that surprising, but it certainly guarantees a good show, which is the whole point of the VMAs, anyway. What isn’t the least bit surprising is that Taylor Swift is completely dominating the field. She leads with a whopping nine nominations — and all but one are for her “Bad Blood” remix featuring Kendrick Lamar. So he’s got quite a nice passenger seat toward winning several awards this year, even if he also garnered three nominations all on his own. Speaking of which, it’s beyond me how “Alright” was nominated for Video Of The Year and Best Hip Hop Video but not Video With a Social Message.

Ed Sheeran got six nominations; Beyoncé has five, and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have been nominated five times together for “Uptown Funk.” Drake is conspicuously absent from the list, and Kanye West only appears as a featured artist on Big Sean’s “One Man Can Change The World.” Maybe Cyrus will bring him out to address this oversight? Maybe they’ll finally debut that long-rumored “Black Skinhead” remix? I’m just getting off topic now, so check out the full list of the nominations below. The VMAs will be held on Sunday 8/30 at 9PM EST.

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

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson — “Uptown Funk” (Feat. Bruno Mars)
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright”
The Weeknd — “Earned It”
Nick Jonas — “Chains”

Best Female Video
Beyoncé — “7/11″
Taylor Swift — “Blank Space”
Nicki Minaj — “Anaconda”
Sia — “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding — “Love Me Like You Do”

Best Hip Hop Video
Fetty Wap — “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj — “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa — “See You Again” (Feat. Charlie Puth)
Big Sean — “IDFWU” (Feat. E-40)

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

Best Rock Video
Hozier — “Take Me To Church”
Fall Out Boy — “Uma Thurman”
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?”

Artist to Watch (This category is presented by Taco Bell)
Fetty Wap — “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy — “Riptide”
George Ezra — “Budapest”
James Bay — “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs — “Pendulum”

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

Video With a Social Message
Jennifer Hudson — “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat — “Try”
Big Sean — “One Man Can Change the World” (Feat. Kanye West and John Legend)
Rihanna — “American Oxygen”
Wale — “The White Shoes”

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

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

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

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

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

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