MTV released its list of VMA nominees this morning, and there are some interesting surprises to be found throughout the list. Certainly, there are a lot of the usual suspects — Drake, will.i.am, Mumford & Sons. But lots of Treble favorites also made the long list of nominees.
Justin Timberlake is one of the big favorites this year, with two of his hits from The 20/20 Experience making their way onto the nominee list. “Mirrors” is nominated for Video of the Year, Best Male Video, Best Pop Video and Best Editing. And “Suit and Tie” has been nominated for Best Direction and Best Collaboration.
Kendrick Lamar is another artist grabbing a handful nominations for “Swimming Pools (Drank)” from last year’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city, which is nominated for Best Hip Hop Video and Best Male Video.
Meanwhile, The Weekend is nominated for Artist to Watch and Best Visual Effects for “Wicked Games,” from The Trilogy. Vampire Weekend is nominated for Best Rock Video for “Diane Young” from Modern Vampires of the City. And the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are nominated for Best Direction and Best Cinematography for “Sacrilege,” from Mosquito.
Check out the full list of nominees here.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.