The kudocast will air live across the MTV network of channels on Sunday (Aug. 24) at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. This 31st annual edition of these awards takes place at the Forum in Los Angeles.
Beyonce leads with eight nominations, including Video of the Year bid for her collaoration with hubby Jay-Z on “Drunk in Love” as well as Best Female Video for “Partition.” She is guaranteed to go home with at least one prize as she is to receive the lifetime acheivement award. In addition, our odds — as determined by surveying our team of editors and hundreds of site users — favor her to win Best Collaboration for “Drunk in Love” and three awards for “Love Hurts”: Message Video, Cinematography and Editing.
Both are slated to perform on the show as are 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift and Usher.
Miley Cyrus, who stole the show last year with her twerking, is up for Video of the Year with “Wrecking Ball,” which also contends for Directing. We expect it to claim both those awards.
Pharrell Williams reaped a Video of the Year bid for his Oscar-nominated tune “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” as well as nods for Male and Pop Video. We predict that he will both those prizes. He competes against himself in Male Video as he features on Ed Sheeran‘s track “Sing.”
Among the other leading contenders, Eminem also earned seven nominations — including Best Male Video and Best Collaboration for “Monster” with Rihanna — but was snubbed in the top race. Ironically, he and Rihanna are the only two artists to have taken this top prize twice. He won for “The Real Slim Shady” (2000) and “Without Me” (2002) and has reaped a record six bids. She won for “Umbrella” (2007) and “We Found Love” (2012). We are predicting he will take home the Hip Hop award for “Berzerk” as well as Art Direction and Visual Effects for “Rap God.”
The fifth Video of the Year contender is Sia with “Chandelier,” which is also up for the Choreography award. We are predicting it to win that race.
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