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Justin Timberlake leads MTV VMA nominations

Justin Timberlake leads MTV VMA nominations

Justin Timberlake has sealed his triumphant return to the charts. Photo: WENN

Justin Timberlake has sealed his triumphant return to the charts by picking up six nominations for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

The “Cry Me A River” hitmaker began his stellar comeback earlier this year with the release of The 20/20 Experience, his first studio album in seven years, and the record has now garnered him a pile of nods for the annual MTV prizegiving.

Timberlake is up for the coveted Video of the Year trophy, as well as Best Male Video, Best Pop Video and Best Editing for “Mirrors,” while his collaboration with rapper Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie,” is also up for Best Collaboration and Best Direction.

The singer’s main rivals at the ceremony are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who have also picked up six nods, including Video of the Year for “Thrift Shop,” Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Cinematography, Best Direction and Best Editing for “Can’t Hold Us,” as well as Best Video with a Social Message.

Other acts to land nods include Bruno Mars, who is up for four awards, while Pink, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and 30 Seconds To Mars have all been nominated in three categories.

The star-studded ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Aug. 25.

The list of main nominees is as follows:

Video of The Year:
Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, Thrift Shop
Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines
Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble

Best Hip-Hop Video:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, Can’t Hold Us
Drake, Started From The Bottom
Kendrick Lamar, Swimming Pools
A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar, F**kin Problems
J. Cole featuring Miguel, Power Trip

Best Male Video:
Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines
Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven
Ed Sheeran, Lego House
Kendrick Lamar, Swimming Pools

Best Female Video:
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko, Stay
Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble
Miley Cyrus, We Can’t Stop
Pink featuring Nate Ruess, Just Give Me a Reason
Demi Lovato, Heart Attack

Best Pop Video:
Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven
Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
fun., Carry On
Miley Cyrus, We Can’t Stop
Selena Gomez, Come and Get It

Best Collaboration:
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z, Suit & Tie
Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera, Feel This Moment
Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding, I Need Your Love
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines
Pink featuring Nate Ruess, Just Give Me A Reason

Best Video With A Social Message:
Kelly Clarkson, People Like Us
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Same Love
Snoop Lion, No Guns Allowed
Miguel, Candles In The Sun
Beyonce, I Was Here

Best Rock Video:
Imagine Dragons, Radioactive
Fall Out Boy, My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)
Mumford & Sons, I Will Wait
30 Seconds To Mars, Up In The Air
Vampire Weekend, Diane Young.

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