Justin Timberlake leads MTV VMA nominations

Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the nominations for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards with six nods apiece, including Video of the Year.


Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead this year’s MTV Video Music Award nominations.

The "Mirrors" singer and "Thrift Shop" hitmakers share six nominations apiece at the annual awards ceremony, including the coveted Video of the Year prize.

Justin’s "Mirrors" video—which pays a moving tribute to his grandparents’ marriage—earned the star four nominations ranging from the top prize, Best Male Video, Best Pop Video, and Best Editing.

In addition to "Mirrors," his comeback single "Suit & Tie," which features rapper Jay-Z, picked up two additional nods for Best Collaboration and Best Direction.

First time nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are celebrating nods for three different visuals, with their number one hit single "Thrift Shop" up for Video of the Year; "Can’t Hold Us" up for Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, and Best Editing; and finally, "Same Love" up for Best Video with a Social Message.

Both acts face stiff competition in the top category, however, as Robin Thicke’s "Blurred Lines," Taylor Swift’s "I Knew You Were Trouble," and Bruno Mars’s "Locked Out of Heaven" also compete for the Video of the Year award.

Bruno follows Justin and Macklemore in third place for the most nominations, landing four in total; while Robin, Pink, Miley Cyrus and 30 Seconds to Mars all have three nods each.

Meanwhile, newcomers Iggy Azalea and Austin Mahone will compete for the renamed Artist to Watch prize, which was previously called Best New Artist.

The MTV Video Music Awards take place in Brooklyn, New York, on August 25.

MTV Video Music Awards 2013 nominations list:


Video of the Year
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”


Best Male Video
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
Ed Sheeran, “Lego House”
Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools”

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Best Female Video
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, “Stay”
Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”
Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack”


Best Pop Video
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Fun., “Carry On”
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
Selena Gomez, “Come and Get It”


Best Hip-Hop Video
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Drake, “Started From The Bottom”
Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools”
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, “F–kin’ Problems”
J. Cole feat. Miguel, “Power Trip”


Artist To Watch, Presented by Taco Bell
Twenty One Pilots, “Holding On To You”
Zedd feat. Foxes, “Clarity”
Austin Mahone, “What About Love”
The Weeknd, “Wicked Games”
Iggy Azalea, “Work”


Best Collaboration
Justin Timberlake, feat. Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie”
Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera, “Feel This Moment”
Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding, “I Need Your Love”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”


Best Video With A Social Message
Kelly Clarkson, “People Like Us”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Same Love”
Snoop Lion, “No Guns Allowed”
Miguel, “Candles in the Sun”
Beyoncé, “I Was Here”


Best Rock Video
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”
Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”
Thirty Seconds To Mars, “Up in the Air”
Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young”


Best Art Direction
Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”
Thirty Seconds To Mars, “Up in the Air”
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N”
Lana Del Rey, “National Anthem”
Alt-J, “Tesselate”


Best Choreography
Chris Brown, “Fine China”
Ciara, “Body Party”
Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull, “Live It Up”
will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber, “#thatPOWER”
Bruno Mars, “Treasure”

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Best Cinematography
Thirty Seconds To Mars, “Up in the Air”
Lana Del Rey, “Ride”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
A-Trak & Tommy Trash, “Tuna Melt”


Best Direction
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege”
Fun., “Carry On”
Drake, “Started From The Bottom”


Best Editing
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch, “Sweet Nothing”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”


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