Beyonce reaped a leading eight nominations for the upcoming 31st annual edition of the MTV Video Music Awards. Among these was a Video of the Year bid for her collaoration with hubby Jay-Z on “Drunk in Love” as well as Best Female Video for “Partition.” (See the full list of nominations here.)
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).
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. He competes against himself in Male Video as he features on Ed Sheeran‘s track “Sing.”
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.
The fifth Video of the Year contender is Sia with “Chandelier,” which is also up for the Choreography award.
Nominees for a new category, Best Lyric Video, will be announced in the coming days.
Winners in many of the top categories will be decided by fan voting. This year’s kudocast will air live across the MTV network of channels on Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. EST from the Forum in Los Angeles.