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Alim Kheraj
July 26, 2017 12:55 am

Following the success of their movie and TV awards, MTV has dropped gender specific categories from the VMAs, and we’re absolutely loving it.

Earlier this year, MTV announced that for their Movie & TV Awards they would drop the best male and female categories, instead opting to combine the two. Speaking to Vulture about the decision, MTV president Chris McCarthy said the move was representative of the brand’s audience. “This audience actually doesn’t see male-female dividing lines, so we said, ‘Let’s take that down,'” he explained.

What this means, then, is that instead of having a Best Male Video category and Best Female Video category, everyone, regardless of gender, is eligible for the same award.

The Best Female Video and Best Male Video categories have been amalgamated into the Artist of the Year category. Nominated for this award are Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, and Lorde.

Indeed, Kendrick Lamar, who released his latest album Damn earlier this year, has picked up eight nominations for the video for “Humble,” including Video of the Year, Best Hip-Hop, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Choreography and Best Direction.

The second artist with the most nominations is Katy Perry, whose three tracks, “Chained to the Rhythm,” “Bon Appetite,” and her Calvin Harris collaboration “Feels,” have all been nominated. Perry, who released her latest album Witness in June, has been nominated for five awards, as has The Weeknd.

For the Best New Artist category, Khalid, Kodak Black, SZA, Young M.A, Julia Michaels, and Noah Cyrus have all been nominated.

The only award that hasn’t been revealed is the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which has previously been won by Madonna, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Beyoncé. There is speculation that Christina Aguilera, who is rumored to be making a musical comeback this year, could be the recipient.

See the full list of the MTV VMA nominations below.

Video of the Year
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Alessia Cara – “Scars to Your Beautiful”
DJ Khaled – “Wild Thoughts” [ft. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller]
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

Artist of the Year
Bruno Mars
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Ariana Grande
The Weeknd
Lorde

Best New Artist
Khalid
Kodak Black
SZA
Young M.A
Julia Michaels
Noah Cyrus

Best Collaboration
Charlie Puth – “We Don’t Talk Anymore” [ft. Selena Gomez]
DJ Khaled – “Wild Thoughts” [ft. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller]
D.R.A.M. – “Broccoli” [ft. Lil Yachty]
The Chainsmokers – “Closer” [ft. Halsey]
Calvin Harris – “Feels” [ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean]
Zayn and Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”

Best Pop Video
Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”
Fifth Harmony – “Down” [ft. Gucci Mane]
Katy Perry – “Chained to the Rhythm” [ft. Skip Marley]
Miley Cyrus – “Malibu”

Best Hip Hop Video
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs”
D.R.A.M. – “Broccoli” [ft. Lil Yachty]
Migos – “Bad and Boujee” [ft. Lil Uzi Vert]
DJ Khaled – “I’m the One” [ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne]

Best Dance Video
Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay”
Kygo and Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”
Calvin Harris – “My Way”
Major Lazer – “Cold Water” [ft. Justin Bieber and MØ]
Afrojack – “Gone” [ft. Ty Dolla $ign]

Best Rock Video
Coldplay – “A Head Full of Dreams”
Fall Out Boy – “Young And Menace”
Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”
Green Day – “Bang Bang”
Foo Fighters – “Run”

Best Fight Against the System
Logic – “Black SpiderMan”
The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”
Big Sean – “Light”
Alessia Cara – “Scars to Your Beautiful”
Taboo – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” [ft. Shailene Woodley]
John Legend – “Surefire”

Best Cinematography
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
Ed Sheeran – “Castle on the Hill”
DJ Shadow – “Nobody Speak” [ft. Run the Jewels]
Halsey – “Now or Never”

Best Direction
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Katy Perry – “Chained to the Rhythm” [ft. Skip Marley]
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Alessia Cara – “Scars to Your Beautiful”
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

Best Art Direction
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Katy Perry – “Bon Appetit” [ft. Migos]
DJ Khaled – “Wild Thoughts” [ft. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller]
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

Best Visual Effects
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation”
KYLE – “iSpy” [ft. Lil Yachty]
Katy Perry – “Chained to the Rhythm” [ft. Skip Marley]
Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”

Best Choreography
Kanye West – “Fade”
Ariana Grande – “Side to Side” [ft. Nicki Minaj]
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Sia – “The Greatest”
Fifth Harmony – “Down” [ft. Gucci Mane]

Best Editing
Future – “Mask Off”
Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean”
Lorde – “Green Light”
The Chainsmokers – “Closer” [ft. Halsey]
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

Voting for the MTV Video Music Awards is open now.

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