By Marissa G. Muller

2014, just like 2013, continues to be the year of Pharrell. And Beyoncé.

MTV just announced its Video Music Awards nominations and the hat-wearing singer and the mother to Blue Ivy have taken the lead.

Pharrell is up for Video of the Year and Best Pop Video for “Happy” and has two nominations in Best Male Video for “Happy” and “Sing,” Ed Sheeran‘s song on which he’s featured.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé scored a monster eight nominations, including Video of the Year for “Drunk in Love,” Best Choreography and Female Video for “Partition” and Best Video With a Social Message for “Pretty Hurts.”

The other video of the year nominees include Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX’s “Fancy,” Miley Cyrus‘ “Wrecking Ball” and “Chandelier” by Sia.

Iggy Azalea also earned two noms in the Best Pop Video category for “Fancy” and Ariana Grande’s “Problem.” Though odds are in her favor she’ll still have to beat out Pharrell, Avicii and Jason Derulo.

Lorde gets the honor of being the only female who earned a nomination for Best Rock Video this year, going up against the Arctic MonkeysBlack KeysImagine Dragons and Linkin Park.

Eminem and Sam Smith are both up for multiple nominations. Eminem received nods for “Berzerk” in the Best Hip-Hop Video category, which also includes Childish GambinoDrakeKanye West and Wiz Khalifa, and Best Male Video for “The Monster,” his massive collaboration with Rihanna which they fittingly performed together for the first time at the MTV Movie Awards back in April.

Smith, meanwhile, is up for Best Male Video for “Stay With Me” as well as the coveted Artist to Watch Award where he’s up against 5 Seconds Of Summer, Charli XCX, Fifth Harmony and Schoolboy Q.

Michael Jackson added a posthumous nomination for best choreography with his video for “Love Never Felt So Good,” but he’ll have to beat out the smooth moves of Beyoncé, Jason Derulo, Kiesza, Usher and Sia’s kid doppelgänger in the clip for “Chandelier.”

You can see a full list of the nominees below. The VMAs will be held Aug. 24.


Artist To Watch, Presented by Taco Bell
Sam Smith
5 Seconds Of Summer
Charli XCX
Fifth Harmony
Schoolboy Q

Video of the Year
“Drunk In Love” by Beyonce ft. Jay Z
“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
“Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams
“Chandelier” by Sia

Best Hip-Hop Video
“3005” by Childish Gambino
“Hold On (We’re Going Home)” by Drake ft. Majid Jordan
“Berzerk” by Eminem
“Black Skinhead” by Kanye West
“We Dem Boyz” by Wiz Khalifa

Best Pop Video
“Happy” by Pharrell
“Problem” by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
“Wake Me Up” by Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc
“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
“Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz

Best Choreography
Beyoncé, “Partition”
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
Kiesza, “Hideaway”
Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake, “Love Never Felt So Good”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Usher, “Good Kisser”

MTV Clubland Award
“Summer” by Calvin Harris
“Grab Her!” by Disclosure
“Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake & Lil Jon
“Animals” by Martin Garrix
“Stay the Night” by Zedd ft. Hayley Williams

Best Male Video
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams
“Sing” by Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams
“All of Me” by John Legend
“Stay With Me” by Sam Smith
“The Monster” by Eminem Ft. Rihanna

Best Female Video
“Problem” by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
“Partition” by Beyonce
“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
“Dark Horse” by Katy Perry ft. Juicy J
“Royals” by Lorde

Best Rock Video
“Do I Wanna Know?” by Arctic Monkeys
“Fever” by Black Keys
“Demons” by Imagine Dragons
“Until It’s Gone” by Linkin Park
“Royals” by Lorde

Best Collaboration
“Problem” by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
“Drunk In Love” by Beyonce ft. Jay Z
“Loyal” by Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne & Tyga
“The Monster” by Eminem ft. Rihanna
“Dark Horse” by Katy Perry ft. Juicy J
“Timber” by Pitbull ft. Kesha

Best Video With A Social Message
“Battle Cry” by Angel Haze ft. Sia
“Hey Brother” by Avicii
“Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce
“One Voice” by David Guetta ft. Mikky Ekko
“Crooked Smile” by J. Cole ft. TLC

Best Art Direction
Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Eminem, “Rap God”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Tyler, the Creator, “Tamale”

Best Visual Effects
Disclosure, “Grab Her!”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Eminem, “Rap God”
Jack White, “Lazaretto”
OK Go, “The Writing’s On The Wall”

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