VMAs 2016 nominations: Beyoncé and Adele set to sweep awards

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Beyoncé has earned 11 nominations for her ‘visual album’ Lemonade, with Adele bringing up second place with eight – seven of which are for Hello

VMAs 2016 nominations: Beyoncé and Adele set to sweep awards
She slays: Beyoncé in the video for Formation. Photograph: HBO

She’s one of the most celebrated performers of the modern era, and on Tuesday Beyoncé earned even more accolades, with 11 nominations in the MTV Video Music Awards for her Lemonade project. The “visual album” was released in April, two months after its politically charged Formation video was unveiled just before Beyoncé’s controversial appearance at the Super Bowl.

Adele received eight nominations for the awards, seven of which were her video Hello, directed by the young French film-maker Xavier Dolan. Both Formation and Hello are nominated for the top award, video of the year: the others in the category are Drake’s much-memed Hotline Bling, Justin Bieber’s Sorry and Kanye West’s Famous, which depicts him in bed with a succession of naked celebrities.

Last year the nominations caused a spat between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, after the latter took offense at Minaj complaining that she had not been nominated for video of the year for Anaconda. However, neither has been nominated this year.

The full list of nominees is:

Video of the year

  • Adele: Hello
  • Beyoncé: Formation
  • Drake: Hotline Bling
  • Justin Bieber: Sorry
  • Kanye West: Famous

Best Female Video:

  • Adele: Hello
  • Beyoncé: Hold Up
  • Sia: Cheap Thrills
  • Ariana Grande: Into You
  • Rihanna [ft. Drake]: Work (short version)

Best Male Video:

  • Drake: Hotline Bling
  • Bryson Tiller: Don’t
  • Calvin Harris [ft Rihanna]: This Is What You Came For
  • Kanye West: Famous
  • The Weeknd: Can’t Feel My Face

Best Collaboration:

  • Beyoncé [ft Kendrick Lamar]: Freedom
  • Fifth Harmony [ft Ty Dolla $ign]: Work From Home
  • Ariana Grande [ft Lil Wayne]: Let Me Love You
  • Calvin Harris [ft Rihanna]: This Is What You Came For
  • Rihanna [ft Drake]: Work (short version)

Best Hip Hop Video:

  • Drake: Hotline Bling
  • Desiigner: Panda
  • Bryson Tiller: Don’t
  • Chance the Rapper: Angels
  • 2 Chainz: Watch Out

MTV-Video-Music-AwardsBest Pop Video:

  • Adele: Hello
  • Beyoncé: Formation
  • Justin Bieber: Sorry
  • Alessia Cara: Wild Things
  • Ariana Grande: Into You

Best Rock Video:

  • All Time Low: Missing You
  • Coldplay: Adventure of a Lifetime
  • Fall Out Boy [ft Demi Lovato]: Irresistible
  • twenty one pilots: Heathens
  • Panic! At the Disco: Victorious

Best Electronic Video:

  • Calvin Harris & Disciples: How Deep Is Your Love
  • 99 Souls [ft Destiny’s Child & Brandy]: The Girl Is Mine
  • Mike Posner: I Took a Pill in Ibiza
  • Afrojack: SummerThing!
  • The Chainsmokers [ft Daya]: Don’t Let Me Down

Breakthrough Long Form Video:

  • Florence and the Machine: The Odyssey
  • Beyoncé: Lemonade
  • Justin Bieber: PURPOSE: The Movement
  • Chris Brown: Royalty
  • Troye Sivan: Blue Neighborhood Trilogy

Best New Artist:

  • Bryson Tiller
  • Desiigner
  • Zara Larsson
  • Lukas Graham
  • DNCE

Best Art Direction:

  • Beyoncé: Hold Up
  • Fergie: M.I.L.F.$
  • Drake: Hotline Bling
  • David Bowie: Blackstar
  • Adele: Hello

Best Choreography:

  • Beyoncé: Formation
  • Missy Elliott [ft. Pharrell]: WTF (Where They From)
  • Beyoncé: Sorry
  • FKA twigs: M3LL155X
  • Florence and the Machine: Delilah

Best Direction:

  • Beyoncé: Formation
  • Coldplay: Up&Up
  • Adele: Hello
  • David Bowie: Lazarus
  • Tame Impala: The Less I Know the Better

Best Cinematography:

  • Beyoncé: Formation
  • Adele: Hello
  • David Bowie: Lazarus
  • Alesso: I Wanna Know
  • Ariana Grande: Into You

Best Editing:

  • Beyoncé: Formation
  • Adele: Hello
  • Fergie: M.I.L.F.$
  • David Bowie: Lazarus
  • Ariana Grande: Into You

Best Visual Effects:

  • Coldplay: Up&Up
  • FKA twigs: M3LL155X
  • Adele: Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
  • The Weeknd: Can’t Feel My Face
  • Zayn: PILLOWTALK

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