Powered by his video “Humble,” Compton-born rapper Kendrick Lamar will carry a leading eight nominations into Sunday evening’s presentation of the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, while show host Katy Perry is tied with The Weeknd with five nods.

“Humble” is nominated for the top prize of video of the year, along with The Weeknd’s “Reminder,” Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic,” Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” and DJ Khaled’s collaboration with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts.”

Lamar is also nominated in the newly created category of artist of the year, combining the previous categories of best female and best male video of the year. Also nominated are Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd and Lorde.

Vying for best new artist are Khalid, Kodak Black, SZA, Young M.A., Julia Michaels and Noah Cyrus.

The traditionally raucous ceremony will be held at the Forum in Inglewood, and will feature performances by Kendrick Lamar, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Fifth Harmony, Lorde, Perry, The Weeknd, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Kyle and a dual performance by rocker Rod Stewart and DNCE. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift will present the premiere of the video for her newly released single “Look What You Made Me Do.”

Pop star Pink will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, honoring her “trailblazing impact” on the music industry, fashion and pop culture. She joins a list of past recipients that includes Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, Guns N’ Roses, the Beastie Boys and, of course, the award’s namesake, Jackson.

Here is a complete list of 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



Kodak Black


Young M.A.

Julia Michaels


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 (Fifty Shades Darker)” 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 MO, “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”


Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson, “Black SpiderMan”

The Hamilton Mixtape, “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”

Big Sean, “Light”

Alessia Cara, “Scars To Your Beautiful”

Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley, “Stand Up/Stand N Rock NoDAPL”

John Legend, “Surefire” 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: Cedric 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” (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)

–City News Service

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