The 2014 VMA nominees, announced by MTV this week, include some of the top performers in music, with Beyoncé, Iggy Azalea, Pharrell Williams, Sia and Miley Cyrus all battling for the coveted Video of the Year award.
Voting for the Video Music Awards has opened on the MTV website
and will continue through August. The winners will be announced during the VMA awards show on MTV on Aug. 24.
The 2013 VMA awards was remembered last year for Cyrus' twerking against R&B singer Robin Thicke
, as the female singer was roundly criticized but the incident kept the show in the headlines for months afterwards.
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Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" video has been nominated for the MTV's top award with "Drunk In Love," by Beyoncé and featuring her husband Jay Z; Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCZ; Sia's "Chandelier;" and the ever popular "Happy" by Williams. Williams' song was also nominated for an Academy Award this year for it being a part of the movie "Despicable Me 2."
that Beyoncé led all nominees with eight nods, based on three videos that she released in on the same day in December as part of her unannounced "Beyoncé" album. The videos "Pretty Hurts" and "Partition" were nominated for VMA awards along with "Drunk In Love."
Williams is featured twice in the best male performance category, for "Happy" and for his collaboration with Ed Sheeran. Others in the category includes John Legend for "All of Me," Sam Smith for "Stay With Me" and Eminem's "Monster," with Rihanna.
Azalea also pops up twice in the best female performance slate, for "Fancy" and with Ariana Grande for "Problem." She is up against Beyoncé's "Partition," Katy Perry's "Dark Horse, featuring Juicy J and Lorde's "Royals."
MTV continued its reputation of staying on the cutting edge of technology Thursday, making many of the nominee announcements using 10-second Snapchat videos on its website. Announcers included stars from some of MTV's popular reality shows along with Austin Mahone, Fifth Harmony and Becky G.
Some of the MTV announcers seemed breathless trying to name all the nominees within the 10 seconds
"We could have used one person to announce all of them but this is really going to buy us a lot of reach," Tom Fishman, MTV's vice president of content marketing and fan engagement, told Mashable. Fishman said the cameos will "excite great pockets of fandoms."
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