Promo News - 24th July 2015

Things are already hotting up for next month's MTV Video Music Awards after Nicki Minaj reacted vocally at her video for Anaconda being omitted from the nominations for Video of the Year, starting a social media 'feud' with Taylor Swift, who is nominated for the MTV VMAs premiere award for her Bad Blood video.

Minaj wrote: "When the 'other' girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination", and made comments about the relative acceptability of female body shapes which Swift initially interpreted as an attack on her. Swift has since apologised for her misinterpretation of Minaj's comments - which Minaj accepted yesterday (July 23rd) via Twitter. But the spat has drawn comments from other stars, notably Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and Azaelia Banks.

In all, Taylor Swift has nine nominations, mostly for the video for Bad Blood featuring Kendrick Lamar, directed by Joseph Kahn. That video dominates the Professional categories featuring in five out of six award nominations. Sheeran has six nominations, mostly for Thinking Out Loud, directed by Emil Nava. Beyoncé's lo-fi 7/11 video has five nominations, while Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk video is also multi-nominated. Nicki Minaj's Anaconda video, directed by Colin Tilley, is nominated for Best Hip-Hop and Best Female Video.

Kendrick Lamar is also nominated for Video of the Year for his video for Alright, and the Flying Lotus video for Never Catch Me, featuring Lamar, has several nominations too, including Best Choreography and Cinematography.

Alright, directed by Tilley & The Little Homies, Bad Blood, and Uptown Funk, directed by Cameron Duddy and Bruno Mars, are nominated for Best Direction, together with Hiro Murai's video for Childish Gambino's Sober and Hozier's Take Me To Church, directed by Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost, which is also in the Best Rock Video category.

All the nominations are available to view here. The MTV Video Music Awards take place in Los Angeles on August 30th, hosted by Miley Cyrus. 

Promo News - 24th July 2015

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