Artwork for the Video of the Year nominations for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

MTV (130) has announced the nominations for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, with Beyoncé earning a career-best 11 nominations for videos from her cultural watershed visual album Lemonade and Adele earning eight nominations, including seven for her YouTube record-shattering video Hello  .

HelloBeyoncé’s Formation, Drake’s Hotline Bling, Justin Bieber’s Sorry and Kanye West’s Famous all earned nominations for Video of the Year

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards will take place at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden on Sunday 28 August, premiering across Africa on Monday 29 August at 21:00 CAT (MTV, MTV Base). Build-up to the big night begins with the official Pre-Show including red carpet action on Monday 29 August at 20:00 CAT (MTV, MTV Base). 

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To echo a year in which the world’s biggest artists pushed music videos to new heights of artistry, MTV unveiled the Video of the Year nominees in a sweeping and panoramic mural created by world-renowned visual artists BD White, John Paul Ogrodnick (JPO), Damien Mitchell, Marc Evan, Resa, BKFoxx, Queen Andrea, Hektad, Giz, Such and Poem One at the First Street Green Art Park in New York’s East Village. The reveal of the mural was broadcast during a Facebook Live event hosted by MTV News correspondents Meredith Graves and Gaby Wilson via MTV and a coalition of more than 15 partners including press outlets and brands. 

Beginning today, fans can vote for their favourites in VMA categories including, Video of The Year, Best Male Video, Best Female Video, Breakthrough Long Form Video, and more by visiting www.mtv.co.za. Nominees for the socially voted category Best Song of Summer will be announced at a later date.

See below for a full list of nominees:

Video of the Year
Adele - Hello, Director: Xavier Dolan
Beyoncé – Formation, Director: Melina Matsoukas
Drake – Hotline Bling, Director: Director X
Justin Bieber – Sorry, Director: Parris Goebel
Kanye West – Famous, Director: Kanye West

Best Female Video
Adele – Hello, Director: Xavier Dolan
Beyoncé – Hold Up, Director: Jonas Åkerlund, Beyoncé Knowles Carter
Sia – Cheap Thrills, Director: Lior Molcho
Ariana Grande – Into You, Director: Hannah Lux Davis
Rihanna ft. Drake – Work (short version), Director: Director X

Best Male Video
Drake – Hotline Bling, irector: Director X
Bryson Tiller – Don’t, Director: Cris
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For, Director: Emil Nava
Kanye West – Famous, Director: Kanye West
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face, Director: Grant Singer

Best Collaboration
Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar – Freedom, Director:  Beyoncé Knowles Carter, Kahlil Joseph
Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign – Work From Home, Director: Director X
Ariana Grande ft. Lil Wayne – Let Me Love You, Director: Grant Singer
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For, Director: Emil Nava
Rihanna ft. Drake – Work (short version), Director: Director X

Best Hip Hop Video
Drake – Hotline Bling, Director: Director X
Desiigner – Panda, Director: Paul Geusebroek
Bryson Tiller – Don’t, Director: Cris
Chance The Rapper featuring Saba – Angels, Director: Austin Vesely
2 Chainz – Watch Out, Director: Motion Family

Best Pop Video
Adele – Hello, Director: Xavier Dolan
Beyoncé – Formation, Director: Melina Matsoukas
Justin Bieber – Sorry, Director: Parris Goebel
Alessia Cara – Wild Things, Director: Aaron A
Ariana Grande – Into You, Director: Hannah Lux Davis

Best Rock Video
All Time Low – Missing You, Director: Patrick Tracy
Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime, Director: Mat Whitecross
Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato – Irresistible, Director: Wayne Isham
twenty one pilots – Heathens, Director: Andrew Donoho
Panic! At The Disco – Victorious, Director: Brandon Dermer

Best Electronic Video
Calvin Harris & Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love, Director: Emil Nava
99 Souls ft. Destiny’s Child & Brandy – The Girl Is Mine, Director: Ludovic Zuili / Simon Bouisson
Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza, Director: Jon Jon Augustavo
Afrojack – SummerThing!, Director: Sam Sneed
The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – Don’t Let Me Down, Director: Marcus Kuhne

Breakthrough Long Form Video
Florence + The Machine – The Odyssey
Beyoncé – Lemonade
Justin Bieber – PURPOSE: The Movement
Chris Brown – Royalty
Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy

Best New Artist
Bryson Tiller 
Desiigner
Zara Larsson
Lukas Graham
DNCE

Best Art Direction
Beyoncé – Hold Up, Production Designer: Jason Hougaard
Fergie – M.I.L.F. $, Production Designer: Alexander Delgado
Drake – Hotline Bling, Production Designer: Jeremy MacFarlane
David Bowie – Blackstar, Production Designer: Jan Houllevigue
Adele – Hello, Production Designer: Colombe Raby

Best Choreography
Beyoncé – Formation, Choreographer: Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia
Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell – WTF (Where They From), Choreographer: Hi-Hat
Beyoncé – Sorry, Choreographer: Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia, Anthony Burrell, Beyoncé Knowles Carter
FKA Twigs – M3LL155X, Choreographer: FKA Twigs
Florence + The Machine – Delilah, Choreographer: Holly Blakey

Best Direction
Beyoncé – Formation, Director: Melina Matsoukas
Coldplay – Up&Up, Director: Vania Heymann, Gal Muggia
Adele – Hello, Director: Xavier Dolan
David Bowie – Lazarus, Director: Johan Renck
Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better, Director: Canada

Best Cinematography
Beyoncé – Formation, Cinematographer: Malik Sayeed
Adele – Hello, Cinematographer: André Turpin
David Bowie – Lazarus, Cinematographer: Crille Forsberg
Alesso – I Wanna Know, Cinematographer: Corey Jennings
Ariana Grande – Into You, Cinematographer: Paul Laufer

Best Editing
Beyoncé – Formation, Editor: Jeff Selis
Adele – Hello, Editor: Xavier Dolan
Fergie – M.I.L.F. $, Editor: Vinnie Hobbs
David Bowie – Lazarus, Editor: Johan Söderberg
Ariana Grande – Into You, Editor: Hannah Lux Davis

Best Visual Effects
Coldplay – Up&Up, VFX Editor: Vania Heymann
FKA Twigs – M3LL155X, VFX Editor: Lewis Saunders, Jihoon Yoo
Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover), VFX Editor: Sam Sneade
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face, VFX Editor: Bryan Smaller
Zayn – PILLOWTALK, VFX Editor: David Smith

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