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Green Day, Foo Fighters, Pharrell, Sia, A Tribe Called Quest Up for MTV Video Music Awards

by Newsdesk & VVN Music

Rapper Kendrick Lamar leads the way at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards after scoring eight nominations.

His promo for Humble. will compete for the top honor of Video of the Year, against Bruno Mars' 24K Magic, Alessia Cara's Scars To Your Beautiful, Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled, Rihanna, and Bryson Tiller, and The Weeknd's Reminder.

Kendrick, Bruno, and The Weeknd will also face off with Ariana Grande, Lorde, and Ed Sheeran for the new Artist of the Year title, which replaces the previous Best Male Video and Best Female Video awards.

Humble. is also in the running for Best Hip Hop, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, and Best Choreography, too.

Meanwhile, Katy Perry and The Weeknd have picked up five nods apiece. Katy has been recognised for her Chained to the Rhythm and Bon Appetit videos, and The Weeknd for Reminder.

Another new category for this year's prizegiving is Best Fight Against the System, which celebrates videos that inspire music fans to "to stand up and fight injustice".

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will take place at The Forum in Los Angeles on August 27.

On the veteran front, five received single nominations for the awards.  Pharrell is one of the featured artists on Calvin Harris' Feels (Best Collaboration), Green Day's Bang Bang and Foo Fighters' Run are up for Best Rock, A Tribe Called Quest's Dis Generation is up for Best Visual Effects and Sia's The Greatest gets the nod for Best Choreography. 

The nominations:

Video of the Year 
  • Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
  • Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful
  • DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
  • The Weeknd - Reminder
Artist of the Year 
  • Bruno Mars 
  • Kendrick Lamar 
  • Ed Sheeran 
  • Ariana Grande
  • The Weeknd 
  • Lorde 
Best New Artist
  • Khalid 
  • Kodak Black
  • SZA 
  • Young M.A
  • Julia Michaels 
  • Noah Cyrus 
Best Collaboration 
  • Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez - We Don't Talk Anymore 
  • DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts 
  • D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty - Broccoli 
  • The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey - Closer 
  • Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels 
  • Zayn & Taylor Swift - I Don't Wanna Live Forever
Best Pop 
  • Shawn Mendes - Treat You Better 
  • Ed Sheeran - Shape of You  
  • Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times 
  • Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane - Down 
  • Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley - Chained To The Rhythm 
  • Miley Cyrus - Malibu 
Best Hip Hop 
  • Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
  • Big Sean - Bounce Back 
  • Chance the Rapper - Same Drugs
  • D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty - Broccoli 
  • Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert - Bad & Boujee 
  • DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne - I'm The One 
Best Dance 
  • Zedd and Alessia Cara - Stay  
  • Kygo x Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me 
  • Calvin Harris - My Way 
  • Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ - Cold Water 
  • Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign - Gone
Best Rock 
  • Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams
  • Fall Out Boy - Young And Menace
  • Twenty One Pilots - Heavydirtysoul
  • Green Day - Bang Bang 
  • Foo Fighters - Run
Best Fight Against the System 
  • Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson - Black SpiderMan
  • The Hamilton Mixtape - Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)
  • Big Sean - Light (Race)
  • Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful (Body image)
  • Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley - Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL
  • John Legend - Surefire (Immigration & Anti-Muslim hate)
Best Cinematography 
  • Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE. (Scott Cunningham) 
  • Imagine Dragons - Thunder (Matthew Wise)
  • Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill  (Steve Annis) 
  • DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels - Nobody Speak  (David Proctor) 
  • Halsey - Now or Never (Kristof Brandl)
Best Direction 
  • Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE. (Dave Meyers & the little homies) 
  • Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley - Chained To The Rhythm (Mathew Cullen)
  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic  (Cameron Duddy & Bruno Mars) 
  • Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful (Aaron A)
  • The Weeknd - Reminder (Glenn Michael)
Best Art Direction 
  • Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE. (Spencer Graves)
  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic (Alex Delgado) 
  • Katy Perry ft. Migos - Bon Appetit (Natalie Groce) 
  • DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts (Damian Fyffe)
  • The Weeknd - Reminder (Creative Director: Lamar C Taylor / Co-creative Director: Christo Anesti)
Best Visual Effects 
  • Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE. (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)
  • A Tribe Called Quest - Dis Generation (Company: Bemo/Lead: Brandon Hirzel) 
  • KYLE ft. Lil Yachty - iSpy (Company: Gloria FX/Leads: Max Colt & Tomash Kuzmytskyi)
  • Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley - Chained To The Rhythm (Company: MIRADA)
  • Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times (Company: ONE MORE/Lead: Cédric Nivoliez)
Best Choreography 
  • Kanye West - Fade (Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Jae Blaze & Derek ‘Bentley' Watkins) 
  • Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj - Side To Side (Brian & Scott Nicholson) 
  • Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.  (Dave Meyers) 
  • Sia - The Greatest (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records) (Ryan Heffington)
  • Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane - Down (Sean Bankhead)
Best Editing 
  • Future - Mask Off (Vinnie Hobbs of VHPost)
  • Young Thug - Wyclef Jean (Ryan Staake & Eric Degliomini)
  • Lorde - Green Light (Nate Gross of Exile Edit) 
  • The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey - Closer (Jennifer Kennedy) 
  • The Weeknd - Reminder (Red Barbaza)