VMAs 2016: Beyonce and Adele to sweep awards after 18 nominations

Beyonce earns 11 nominations for ‘visual album’ Lemonade while Adele bags eight – with seven for Hello

Top of the VMAs nominations: Beyoncé  onstage during The Formation World Tour at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California  in May. Photograph:  Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Top of the VMAs nominations: Beyoncé onstage during The Formation World Tour at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California in May. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

 

She’s one of the most celebrated performers of the modern era, and on Tuesday Beyoncé earned even more accolades, with 11 nominations in the MTV Video Music Awards for her Lemonade project. The “visual album” was released in April, two months after its politically charged Formation video was unveiled just before Beyoncé’s controversial appearance at the Super Bowl

Adele received eight nominations for the awards, seven of which were her video Hello, directed by the young French filmmaker Xavier Dolan. Both Formation and Hello are nominated for the top award, video of the year: the others in the category are Drake’s much-memed Hotline Bling, Justin Bieber’s Sorry and Kanye West’s Famous, which depicts him in bed with a succession of naked celebrities.

Last year the nominations caused a spat between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, after the latter took offense at Minaj complaining that she had not been nominated for video of the year for Anaconda. However, neither have been nominated this year.

The full list of nominees is:

Video of the year

Adele: Hello

Beyoncé: Formation

Drake: Hotline Bling

Justin Bieber: Sorry

Kanye West: Famous

Best Female Video

Adele: Hello

Beyoncé: Hold Up

Sia: Cheap Thrills

Ariana Grande: Into You

Rihanna (ft. Drake): Work (short version)

Best Male Video

Drake: Hotline Bling

Bryson Tiller: Don’t

Calvin Harris (ft Rihanna): This Is What You Came For

Kanye West: Famous

The Weeknd: Can’t Feel My Face

Best Collaboration

Beyoncé (ft Kendrick Lamar): Freedom

Fifth Harmony (ft Ty Dolla $ign): Work From Home

Ariana Grande (ft Lil Wayne): Let Me Love You

Calvin Harris (ft Rihanna): This Is What You Came For

Rihanna (ft Drake): Work (short version)

Best Hip Hop Video

Drake: Hotline Bling

Desiigner: Panda

Bryson Tiller: Don’t

Chance the Rapper: Angels2

Chainz:: Watch Out

Best Pop Video

Adele: Hello

Beyoncé: 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 (ft Demi Lovato): Irresistable

twenty one pilots: Heathens

Panic! At the Disco: Victorious

Best Electronic Video

Calvin Harris & Disciples: How Deep Is Your Love

99 Souls (ft Destiny’s Child & Brandy): The Girl Is Mine

Mike Posner: I Took a Pill in Ibiza

Afrojack: SummerThing!

The Chainsmokers (ft Daya): Don’t Let Me Down

Breakthrough Long Form Video

Florence and the Machine: The Odyssey

Beyoncé: Lemonade

Justin Bieber: Purpose: The Movement

Chris Brown: Royalty

Troye Sivan: Blue Neighborhood Trilogy

Best New Artist

Bryson Tiller

Desiigner

Zara Larsson

Lukas Graham

DNCE

Best Art Direction

Beyoncé: Hold Up

Fergie: M.I.L.F.$

Drake: Hotline Bling

David Bowie: Blackstar

Adele: Hello

Best Choreography

Beyoncé: Formation

Missy Elliott (ft. Pharrell): WTF (Where They From)

Beyoncé: Sorry

FKA twigs: M3LL155X

Florence and the Machine: Delilah

Best Direction

Beyoncé: Formation

Coldplay: Up&Up

Adele: Hello

David Bowie: Lazarus

Tame Impala: The Less I Know the Better

Best Cinematography

Beyoncé: Formation

Adele: Hello

David Bowie: Lazarus

Alesso: I Wanna Know

Ariana Grande: Into You

Best Editing

Beyoncé: Formation

Adele: Hello

Fergie: M.I.L.F.$

David Bowie: Lazarus

Ariana Grande: Into You

Best Visual Effects

Coldplay: Up&Up

FKA twigs: M3LL155X

Adele: Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

The Weeknd: Can’t Feel My Face

Zayn: Pillowtalk

(Guardian service)