The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards is only a couple hours away, and the big question on everyone’s mind is who will take home the coveted Moonman trophy for Video of the Year? It’s the biggest award of the night, and some of the biggest names in the music industry are battling it out for the title.
This year the nominees include Beyoncé for “7/11,” Ed Sheeran for “Thinking Out Loud,” Kendrick Lamar for “Alright,” Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars for “Uptown Funk,” and Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar for “Bad Blood.”
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Beyoncé’s official “7/11” video has over 26 million views on Vevo. The song was released on Nov. 25 as part of the “Platinum Edition,” a reissue of her fifth studio album. The 33-year-old singer filmed it herself, reportedly using a static camera and selfie stick.”
Since 2007, Beyoncé has been nominated four times for Video of the Year. If she wins in 2015 it will mark her second win, following “Single Ladies” in 2009.
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
“Thinking Out Loud” is off of Ed Sheeran’s 2014 album, “X.” The video stars “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant Brittany Cherry, with choreography from Nappytabs.
This is the 24-year-old singer’s first nomination for Video of the Year at the MTV VMAs. Last year he won for Best Male Video for his song “Sing,” featuring Pharrell.
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” is off his 2015 album, “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Relatively new, the song is the fourth single off of his album, and was released to radio stations on June 30.
Directed by Colin Tilley, “Alright” has over 21 million views since Lamar released it on Vevo. It was filmed in black and white and clocks in at nearly seven minutes long. This is Kendrick Lamar’s first nomination for Video fo the Year at the MTV VMAs.
Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
“Uptown Funk” is off of producer Mark Ronson’s fourth studio album, “Uptown Special.” Released on Nov. 10, 2014, the song reached commercial success by landing 14 consecutive weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
The music video was directed by vocalist Bruno Mars and Cameron Duddy. This is Ronson’s first nomination at the MTV VMAs. “Uptown Funk” is also nominated for Best Male Video, Best Pop Video, Best Collaboration and Best Direction.
Taylor Swift Ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
“Bad Blood” is the fourth number one chart topping song off of Taylor Swift’s 2014 album, “1989.” When the video was released in May, the song broke Vevo’s 24-hour viewing record with over 20.1 million views.
Joseph Kahn, who re-teamed with Swift for her upcoming music video, “Wildest Dreams,” directed “Bad Blood.” The “Wildest Dreams” video will debut during the MTV VMA pre-show, which starts at 8 p.m. ET.
Swift was previously nominated for Video of the Year in 2013 for “I Knew You Were Trouble.” She lost to Justin Timberlake for his song “Mirrors.” This year she’s nominated for a total of 10 awards.
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