DJ Khaled Leads the Way for Sony Music Artists With 4 Nods
DJ Khaled racked up a total of 4 nominations for “Wild Thoughts” ft Rihanna & Bryson Tiller(Video of the Year, Best Collaboration and Best Art Direction) and “I’m The One” ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne (Best Hip Hop Video).
Garnering two nods apiece are Calvin Harris (for the videos “Feels” ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean and “My Way”); The Chainsmokers (“Closer” ft. Halsey); Fifth Harmony(“Down” ft. Gucci Mane); and Harry Styles (“Sign of the Times”).
Also nominated are A Tribe Called Quest, Afrojack, Foo Fighters, Future, John Legend, Khalid, Kygo, Miley Cyrus, Sia and SZA.
Following in the footsteps of this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, the VMAS have eliminated the gendered categories, uniting Best Female Video and Best Male Video under Artist of the Year. The awards show has also introduced a “fight against the system” award for videos that actively fight injustice.
MTV, which announced the nominees with the help of Instagram influencers, has plenty of social media integration planned for the 2017 awards.
Fans can vote online for nominees in eight VMA categories, and voting for Best New Artist will remain live through the VMA pre-show. During the pre-show, the two finalists will be announced and Twitter hashtag voting will commence, with the winner crowned during the telecast.
Nominees for Song of the Summer, also voted on socially, will be announced at a later date.
Video of the Year
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best)
Best New Artist
Khalid (RCA Records)
SZA (TDE/RCA Records)
Noah Cyrus (Records)
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records)
Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels” (Columbia Records)
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records)
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records)
Miley Cyrus – “Malibu” (RCA Records)
Best Hip Hop
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One” (Epic Records/We The Best)
Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me” (Ultra/Interscope)
Calvin Harris – “My Way” (Columbia Records)
Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone” (Wall Recordings/Latium/RCA Records)
Foo Fighters – “Run” (RCA Records)
Best Fight Against the System
John Legend – “Surefire” (Immigration & Anti-Muslim hate) (Columbia Records)
Best Art Direction
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best) (Damian Fyffe)
Best Visual Effects
A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation” (Epic Records) (Company: Bemo/Lead: Brandon Hirzel)
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records) (Company: ONE MORE/Lead: Cédric Nivoliez)
Sia – “The Greatest” (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records) (Ryan Heffington)
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records) (Sean Bankhead)
Future – “Mask Off” (Epic Records/Freebandz/A1) (Vinnie Hobbs of VHPost)
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records) (Jennifer Kennedy)
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