Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 MTV VMAs
    • WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017

    • Posted by: Meredith Nardino

    When I think VMAs, I think celebrity drama and sub-par hosting, with a couple of high profile performances thrown in when MTV remembers they produce a music awards show. This year's Video Music Awards will take place on August 27, ringing in the end of summer with some of the biggest names in the business.

    The 33rd annual awards will continue to dish out the traditional trophies, including Video of the Year and Best Choreography. However, MTV is making some major changes by adding categories that highlight progressive artistry. Two new awards have sparked a conversation about the role of musicians in social politics: Artist of the Year, a non-binary category that removes gender from the equation, and Best Fight Against the System, celebrating musicians who "inspire viewers to stand up and fight injustice."

    The full list of nominees and more information can be found on the VMA website, where fans are able to vote for their favorites. Check out the most exciting 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

    Best New Artist:

    Kodak Black
    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"

    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"
    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 Choreography:

    Kanye West: "Fade"
    Ariana Grande: "Side to Side" (ft. Nicki Minaj)
    Kendrick Lamar: "HUMBLE."
    Sia: "The Greatest"
    Fifth Harmony: "Down" (ft. Gucci Mane)

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