Tune In To The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Tonight

Video Music AwardsTonight marks the 30th annual MTV “Video Music Awards” airing LIVE from Barclays Center on Sunday, August 25th at 9pm ET/PT.  Lady Gaga will open with a bang, singing her latest single, "Applause."

Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” are set for an epic battle to take home Video of the Year.

Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead this year’s VMA pack with six overall nominations each. Timberlake’s nominations include “Video of the Year,” “Best Male Video,” “Best Pop Video” and “Best Editing” for “Mirrors,” while his “Suit & Tie” featuring JAY Z, scored nods for “Best Collaboration,” and “Best Direction.” Previously, Timberlake has taken home seven Video Music Awards, including “Best Pop Video” for “Cry Me A River.”

Fresh  off their show stopping performance at the MTV Movie Awards and mtvU Woodies, Macklemore & Ryan Lewisscore their first-ever Video Music Award nominations with six nods (tying Timberlake in total nods) including “Video of the Year” for their smash hit “Thrift Shop,” “Best Hip-Hop Video,” “Best Cinematography,” “Best Direction,” and “Best Editing” for “Can’t Hold Us featuring Ray Dalton,” while “Same Love” received a nod for "Best Video with a Social Message."

 P!nk, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and Thirty Seconds to Mars are each up for three Video Music Awards. P!nk’s powerful “Just Give Me A Reason” featuring Nate Ruess garnered multiple nominations for “Best Female Video,” “Best Collaboration” and “Best Editing.” Robin Thicke’s sexy video for “Blurred Lines” feat T.I. and Pharrell received VMA nods for “Video of the Year,” “Best Male Video” and “Best Collaboration.” Miley Cyrus’ millennial anthem “We Can’t Stop” is up for “Best Female Video,” “Best Pop Video” and “Best Editing” while Thirty Seconds To Mars’ “Up In The Air” received nominations for “Best Rock Video,” “Best Art Direction” and “Best Cinematography.”

This year, the VMA for “Best New Artist” has been re-named “Artist to Watch” presented by Taco Bell®. This change was inspired by the positive response to MTV's Artist to Watch campaign, a new music discovery initiative across all of MTV's television channels, websites and social networks. The nominees for “Artist to Watch” are: Twenty One Pilots for “Holding On To You,” Zedd featuring Foxes for “Clarity,” Austin Mahone for “What About Love,” The Weeknd for “Wicked Games” and Iggy Azalea for “Work.” Previous “Best New Artist” VMA winners have included iconic names in music such as Eurythmics, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Eminem, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and One Direction.

Fans can vote in general VMA categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist to Watch,” and more by visiting www.vma.mtv.com or by texting VOTE to 22444 (standard message and data rates apply.) 

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