The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards nominees are …

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MTV has announced the nominations for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, with Beyoncé earning a career-best 11 nominations for videos from her album Lemonade. Swift's zero nominations is a surprising turn of events for the 26-year-old singer, who led the pack of honorees at last year's ceremony with 10 nominations for "Bad Blood.' She went on to win four of them, including the coveted Video Of The Year for her star-studded song".

"Hello", Beyoncés "Formation", Drakes "Hotline Bling", Justin Biebers "Sorry" and Kanye Wests "Famous" are all up for Video of the Year.

Traditionally, the VMAs are more about the spectacle - and downright insanity of the show - than who takes home the MTV Moonman trophy.

Meanwhile, Kanye West is being acknowledged in the Best Male Video category for his controversial "Famous" video, featuring the naked likenesses of celebrities, including his own wife, Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump and Rihanna.

Rihanna scored multiple nominations for her collaborations with DJ Calvin Harris on "This is What You Came For", and with Drake on "Work".

They are joined in the category by Sia for Cheap Thrills, Ariana Grande for Into You and Rihanna ft Drake for Work.

Newcomers including Bryson Tiller, Desiigner, Zara Larsson, Lukas Graham, and DNCE, are up for the Best New Artist award.

The MTV Video Music Awards, which have a reputation for irreverence and shock tactics, take place this year in New York City on August 28 and will air live on MTV. It is not the first time the MTV Video Music Awards has been hit with backlash over a high-profile snub.

Best pop video: Adele, Hello; Beyonce, 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 featuring Demi Lovato, Irresistible; Twenty One Pilots, Heathens; Panic! at the Disco, Victorious.

Best direction: Beyonce, Formation; Coldplay, Up&Up; Adele, Hello; David Bowie, Lazarus; Tame Impala, The Less I Know the Better.

— Best editing: Beyonce, "Formation"; Adele, "Hello"; Fergie, "M.I.L.F. $"; David Bowie, "Lazarus"; Ariana Grande, "Into You".


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