Kendrick Lamar pulls in 13 VMA nominations

22.07.15

The nominations for the 2015 MTV VMAs were announced yesterday via Beats 1 Radio.

You'll know all the names on here: there's your Mark Ronsons and Jessie Js and Ariana Grandes all present and accounted for. Taylor Swift gets nine nominations as a lead artist, while Kendrick Lamar gets four as a lead artist and nine as a featured artist, giving him a massive combined total of 13 (equally Lady Gaga's previous record number of nominations). Elsewhere, Fetty Wap and Flying Lotus both get nods.

After the nominations went out, Nicki Minaj took to Twitter and wrote in a series of tweets, "If I was a different 'kind' of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well. If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year".

Check the list of nominated clips below, and vote at vma.mtv.com for your favourite. The live awards ceremony, hosted by Miley Cyrus, goes out on August 30th.

Video Of The Year 
Beyoncé, 7/11 
Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud
Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk
Kendrick Lamar, Alright

Best Collaboration 
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood
Ariana Grande featuring the Weeknd, Love Me Harder
Jessie J featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, Bang Bang
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth See You Again

Video With A Social Message 
Jennifer Hudson, I Still Love You
Colbie Caillat, Try
Big Sean, One Man Can Change The World
Rihanna, American Oxygen
Wale, The White Shoes

Best Hip Hop Video 
Fetty Wap, Trap Queen
Nicki Minaj, Anaconda
Kendrick Lamar, Alright
Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth, See You Again
Big Sean, I Don't Fuck With You

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
Artic Monkeys, Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?

Best Pop Video 
Beyoncé, 7/11 
Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud
Taylor Swift, Blank Space
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk
Maroon 5, Sugar

Best Female Performance 
Beyonce, 7/11
Taylor Swift, Blank Space 
Nicki Minaj, Anaconda 
Sia, Elastic Heart
Ellie Goulding, Love Me Like You Do

Best Male Performance 
Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk
Kendrick Lamar, Alright 
The Weeknd, Earned It
Nick Jonas, Chains

Artists 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 Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood (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 With 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 Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Never Catch Me (Keone And Mari Madrid)

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

Best Direction 
Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood (Joseph Kahn) 
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk (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 Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood (Chancler Haynes At Cosmo Street) 
A$AP Rocky, L$D (Dexter Navy) 
Skrillex & Diplo Where Are U Now With Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best Visual Effects 
Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood (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 With Justin Bieber (Brewer) 
Tyler, The Creator, Fucking Young/Death Camp (Gloria FX)