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Taylor Swift leads the way with nine nods for MTV Video Music Awards

Pop pals Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran are in for a big night at this year's (15) MTV Video Music Awards after scoring 15 nominations between them.

Swift leads the way with nine nods, including Best Female Video for Blank Space, while her star-studded promo for Bad Blood has landed seven mentions, including Video of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Direction for Joseph Khan, and Best Visual Effects.


Sheeran is close behind with six nominations - his Thinking Out Loud garnering him recognition for Video of the Year, Best Male Video and Best Pop Video, while Beyonce will be another star to beat after earning five nominations, including Video of the Year, Best Female Video and Best Pop Video for 7/11.


Other Video of the Year contenders are Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars for Uptown Funk and Kendrick Lamar for Alright, while Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas, Ellie Goulding, Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa have all nabbed VMA nominations, too.


Miley Cyrus will host the 2015 MTV VMAs at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on 30 August (15).


The full list of nominations is:

Video Of The Year:


Beyonce, 7/11


Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud


Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood


Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk


Kendrick Lamar, Alright



Best Male Video:


Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud


Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk


Kendrick Lamar, Alright


The Weeknd, Earned It


Nick Jonas, Chains



Best Female Video:


Beyonce, 7/11


Taylor Swift, Blank Space


Nicki Minaj, Anaconda


Sia, Elastic Heart


Ellie Goulding, Love Me Like You Do



Best Hip-Hop Video:


Fetty Wap, Trap Queen


Nicki Minaj, Anaconda


Kendrick Lamar, Alright


Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, See You Again


Big Sean featuring E-40, IDFWU



Best Pop Video:


Beyonce, 7/11


Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud


Taylor Swift, Blank Space


Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk


Maroon 5, Sugar



Best Rock Video:


Hozier, Take Me To Church


Fall Out Boy, Uma Thurman


Florence + the Machine, Ship To Wreck


Walk the Moon, Shut Up and Dance


Arctic Monkeys, Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?



Artist To Watch:


Fetty Wap, Trap Queen


Vance Joy, Riptide


George Ezra, Budapest


James Bay, Hold Back The River


FKA Twigs, Pendulum



Best Collaboration:


Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood


Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk


Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, See You Again


Ariana Grande & The Weeknd, Love Me Harder


Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Bang Bang



Video With A Social Message:


Jennifer Hudson, I Still Love You


Colbie Caillat, Try


Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend, One Man Can Change the World


Rihanna, American Oxygen


Wale, The White Shoes



Best Art Direction:


Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood


Snoop Dogg, So Many Pros


Jack White, Would You Fight For My Love


The Chemical Brothers, Go


Skrillex & Diplo, Where Are U Now with Justin Bieber



Best Choreography:


Beyonce, 7/11


OK Go, I Won't Let You Down


Chet Faker, Gold


Ed Sheeran, Don't


Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar, Never Catch Me



Best Cinematography:


Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar, Never Catch Me


Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud


Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood


FKA Twigs, Two Weeks


Alt-J, Left Hand Free



Best Direction:


Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood


Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk


Kendrick Lamar, Alright


Hozier, Take Me To Church


Childish Gambino, Sober



Best Editing:


Beyonce, 7/11


Ed Sheeran, Don't


Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood


A$AP Rocky, L$D


Skrillex & Diplo, Where Are U Now with Justin Bieber

Best Visual Effects:


Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood


FKA Twigs, Two Weeks


Childish Gambino, Telegraph Ave


Skrillex & Diplo, Where Are U Now with Justin Bieber


Tyler, The Creator, F**king Young/Death Camp.