Beyoncé Tops Nominations for the 2014 "MTV Video Music Awards"

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MTV, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today announced the nominations for the 2014 “MTV Video Music Awards” airing LIVE from The Forum in Inglewood, CA on Sunday, August 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT via an innovative first-of-its-kind social media rollout on Snapchat. The show premieres in Asia on Monday, 25 August at 8am (WIB) and 9am (SG/MAL). Global superstar Beyoncé, who surprised and delighted fans worldwide with the revolutionary release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed visual album earlier this year, leads the pack with an astounding eight nominations including “Video of the Year,” “Best Female” and “Best Choreography.”

Eminem and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea received an impressive seven nominations each. Eminem scores multiple nods for categories including “Best Hip-Hop,” “Best Male” and “Best Collaboration” while previous “MTV Artist to Watch” nominee Iggy Azalea finds herself vying for some of the top awards including “Video of the Year,” “Best Female” and “Best Pop.” Beginning today, fans can vote in VMA categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist to Watch” and more by visiting vma.mtv.com.

Battling it out for the highly coveted “Video of the Year” are Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX with their 90’s throwback “Clueless” homage “Fancy,” Beyoncé ft. JAY Z’s dark and sensuous “Drunk in Love,” the catchy pop phenomenon “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, Sia’s mysterious and faceless “Chandelier” and the video that spawned a million memes, Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” Previous recent “Video of the Year” winners include Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” (2013), Rihanna’s ft. Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (2012), Katy Perry’s “Firework” (2011) and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” (2010).

Following last year’s groundbreaking stop-motion video nominations announcement via MTV's Instagram and Vine accounts, MTV notched yet another first by revealing this year's nominations via MTV's Snapchat account. Earlier this morning, the nominations were revealed exclusively via MTV snaps featuring VMA nominees Austin Mahone and 5th Harmony, emerging artist Becky G, and MTV talent including “Teen Wolf's” Tyler Posey, “Awkward’s” Jillian Rose Reed, “Girl Code's” Carly Aquilino and “Guy Code's” Charlamagne Tha God.

Beginning today, fans can vote in VMA categories, including “Best Hip Hop,” “MTV Clubland,” “Best Video with a Social Message,” and more by visiting vma.mtv.com. Nominees for a new socially voted category, “Best Lyric Video” will be announced at a later date on vma.mtv.com.

UsherAriana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer are confirmed to perform with additional talent being announced at a later date.

For additional information on all 2014 “MTV Video Music Award” nominees, please visit Artists.MTV on the web, or download the free MTV Artists app.

See below for a full list of nominations:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – "Fancy"

Beyoncé ft. JAY Z - "Drunk In Love"

Pharrell Williams - "Happy"

Sia - "Chandelier"

Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball"

BEST HIP HOP:

Eminem - "Bezerk"

Drake ft. Majid Jordan - "Hold On (We're Going Home)"

Childish Gambino - "3005"

Kanye West - "Black Skinhead"

Wiz Khalifa - "We Dem Boyz"

BEST MALE:

Pharrell Williams - "Happy"

John Legend - "All Of Me"

Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell - "Sing"

Sam Smith - "Stay With Me"

Eminem ft. Rihanna - "Monster"

BEST FEMALE:

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy"

Beyoncé - "Partition"

Lorde - "Royals"

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem"

Katy Perry ft. Juicy J - "Dark Horse"

BEST POP:

Pharrell Williams - "Happy"

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy"

Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz - "Talk Dirty"

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem"

Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc - "Wake Me Up"

BEST ROCK:

Imagine Dragons - "Demons"

Arctic Monkeys - "Do I Wanna Know"

The Black Keys - "Fever"

Lorde - “Royals”

Linkin Park - "Until It's Gone"

MTV ARTIST TO WATCH:

Sam Smith - "Stay With Me"

5 Seconds of Summer -"She Looks So Perfect"

Charli XCX - "Boom Clap"

Schoolboy Q - "Man Of The Year"

Fifth Harmony - "Miss Movin On"

BEST COLLABORATION:

Beyoncé ft. JAY Z - "Drunk In Love"

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem"

Pitbull ft. Ke$ha - "Timber"

Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga - "Loyal"

Eminem ft. Rihanna - "Monster"

Katy Perry ft. Juicy J - "Dark Horse"

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD:

DJ Snake Lil Jon - "Turn Down For What"

Zedd ft. Hayley Williams - "Stay the Night"

Calvin Harris - "Summer"

Martin Garrix - "Animal"

Disclosure - "Grab Her!"

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE

Angel Haze ft. SIA - “Battle Cry“

Avicii - “Hey Brother”

Beyoncé - “Pretty Hurts”

J. Cole ft. TLC - “Crooked Smile”

Kelly Rowland - “Dirty Laundry”

David Guetta f/ Mikky Ekko - “One Voice”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Thirty Seconds to Mars - "City of Angels"

Beyoncé - "Pretty Hurts"

Arcade Fire - "Afterlife"

Gesaffelstein - "Hate or Glory"

Lana Del Rey - "West Coast"

BEST EDITING

Eminem - "Rap God"

MGMT - "Your Life is a Lie"

Zedd ft. Hayley Williams -"Stay the Night"

Beyoncé - "Pretty Hurts"

Fitz and The Tantrums - "The Walker"

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Sia - "Chandelier"

Beyoncé - "Partition"

Usher - “Good Kisser"

Michael Jackson f/Justin Timberlake - "Love Never Felt So Good"

Jason Derulo f/2Chainz - "Talk Dirty"

Kiesza - “Hideaway”

BEST DIRECTION

DJ Snake & Lil Jon - "Turn Down For What"

OK Go - "The Writing's On the Wall"

Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball"

Beyoncé - "Pretty Hurts"

Eminem ft. Rihanna - "The Monster"

BEST ART DIRECTION

DJ Snake & Lil Jon - "Turn Down For What"

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy"

Eminem - "Rap God"

Arcade Fire - "Reflektor"

Tyler, The Creator - "Tamale"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

DJ Snake & Lil Jon - "Turn Down For What"

OK Go - "The Writing's On the Wall"

Disclosure - "Grab Her!"

Eminem - "Rap God"

Jack White - "Lazaretto"

MTV Video Music Awards

The 2013 "MTV Video Music Awards" delivered big, with the award show ranking as cable's #1 entertainment telecast of the year among P12-34 at the time. The first-ever award show to be broadcast live from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the VMAs garnered a total audience of 10.1 million viewers, a 66 percent increase versus 2012, and the ratings jumped 47 percent compared to the previous year's telecast, delivering a strong 7.8 P12-34 rating. The encore presentation of the show on MTV earned an additional 2.8 million total viewers, amounting to 12.9 million total viewers across both airings on MTV. Ratings for the 2013 "MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show" increased 100 percent compared to the previous year with P12-34 and garnered a 3.6 rating among that demographic, and total viewers grew a whopping 119 percent with 4.6 million tuning in.* Additionally, the 2013 "MTV Video Music Awards" aired across MTV's global network of more than 60 channels and enjoyed a double-digit ratings increase year over year in key international markets such as the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Argentina and more.

The 2013 "MTV Video Music Awards" shattered previous records across MTV's web, mobile and social channels at the time ranking as the biggest VMA day in history in terms of total visitors, page views and streams. More than 4 million fans visited VMA content on MTV.com, mobile web and MTV app generating more than 15 million total streams – five times higher than the previous year's show day – with the live stream portion now ranking as the biggest in Viacom's history. MTV mobile saw its biggest day ever with more than 2 million visitors, 6 million page views and 1.8 million streams. During the two-hour telecast, social media exploded as fans passionately reacted to the performances and winners generating 120 national and worldwide trending topics on twitter, and 1.2 million Instagram likes. Additionally, MTV launched a successful cross platform social communications campaign to build anticipation for the show entitled #RoadToTheVMAs, which featured the Moonman in a myriad of iconic locations, events and with various artists and celebrities throughout Brooklyn and NYC. The campaign garnered more than 100 million social media impressions, including over half a million likes on Instagram, nearly 60 million impressions on Twitter, more than 40 million impressions on Facebook and over 1.2 million impressions on Tumblr.

Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the 2014 "MTV Video Music Awards." Amy Doyle, Garrett English and Dave Sirulnick are Executive Producers. Joanna Bomberg, Jen Jones and Lee Lodge are Co-Executive Producers. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.

*Source: Nielsen. Live+SD. P12-34, unless noted. Ranked on 000s. Entertainment = excludes sports. Telecast rank dates: 12/31/12-8/25/13.

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