Who Will Shock & Who Will Not At The 2015 MTV VMAs?

2015 MTV VMAs

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards will descend upon Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, August 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Will host Miley Cyrus twerk or remain poised? Will opening act, Nicki Minaj let it all hang out or keep it classy? The VMAs have become infamous for memorable shock-value acts that flood headlines on the Monday morning news. Let's take a look at the nominees and performers line-up. Who of these do you think will act out and stand-out?

The Weeknd, MTV today unveiled that Pharrell, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky and Twenty One Pilots will perform on the LIVE telecast - See more at: http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/VMA-2015-Performer-Announcement-8-25.aspx#sthash.UkxcZtqF.dpuf

The Weeknd, Pharrell, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky and Twenty One Pilots will perform on the LIVE telecast. MTV is also set to award Kanye West with the VMA's highest honor, the "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award," for his career-spanning groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances, and continued impact on music, art, fashion, and culture. Looks like Kanye doesn't have to steal the mic from anyone this year.

Video of the Year:
Beyoncé - "7/11"
Ed Sheeran - "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood"
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk"
Kendrick Lamar - "Alright"

Best Male Video:
Ed Sheeran - "Thinking Out Loud"
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk"
Kendrick Lamar - "Alright"
The Weeknd - "Earned It"
Nick Jonas - "Chains"

Best Female Video:
Beyoncé - "7/11"
Taylor Swift - "Blank Space"
Nicki Minaj - "Anaconda"
Sia - "Elastic Heart"
Ellie Goulding - "Love Me Like You Do"

Best Hip Hop Video:
Fetty Wap - "Trap Queen"
Nicki Minaj - "Anaconda"
Kendrick Lamar - "Alright"
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - "See You Again"
Big Sean ft. E-40 - "IDFWU"

Best Pop Video:
Beyoncé - "7/11"
Ed Sheeran - "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift - "Blank Space"
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk"
Maroon 5 - "Sugar"

Best Rock Video:
Hozier - "Take Me To Church"
Fall Out Boy - "Uma Thurman"
Florence + the Machine - "Ship To Wreck"
Walk the Moon - "Shut Up and Dance"
Arctic Monkeys - "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?"

Artist to Watch:
Fetty Wap - "Trap Queen"
Vance Joy - "Riptide"
George Ezra - "Budapest"
James Bay - "Hold Back The River"
FKA Twigs - "Pendulum"

Best Collaboration:
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood"
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk"
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - "See You Again"
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd - "Love Me Harder"
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj - "Bang Bang"

Video With a Social Message:
Jennifer Hudson - "I Still Love You"
Colbie Caillat - "Try"
Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend - "One Man Can Change the World"
Rihanna - "American Oxygen"
Wale - "The White Shoes"

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES

Best Art Direction:
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood" (Charles Infante)
Snoop Dogg - "So Many Pros" (Jason Fijal)
Jack White - "Would You Fight For My Love" (Jeff Peterson)
The Chemical Brothers - "Go" (Michel Gondry)
Skrillex & Diplo - "Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best Choreography:
Beyoncé - "7/11" (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
OK Go - "I Won’t Let You Down" (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Chet Faker - "Gold" (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran - "Don’t" (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Never Catch Me" (Keone and Mari Madrid)

Best Cinematography:
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Never Catch Me" (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran - "Thinking Out Loud" (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood" (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs - "Two Weeks" (Justin Brown)
Alt-J - "Left Hand Free" (Mike Simpson)

Best Direction:
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood" (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk" (Bruno Mars and Cameron Duddy)
Kendrick Lamar - "Alright" (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
Hozier - "Take Me To Church" (Brendan Canty, Conal Thomson)
Childish Gambino - "Sober" (Hiro Murai)

Best Editing:
Beyoncé - "7/11" (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran - "Don’t" (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood" (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky - "L$D" (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo - "Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best Visual Effects:
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood" (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs - "Two Weeks" (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino - "Telegraph Ave." (Gloria FX)
Skrillex & Diplo - "Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Tyler, The Creator - "F****** Young/Death Camp" (Gloria FX)

MTV is set to award Kanye West with the VMA's highest honor, the "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award," for his career-spanning groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances, and continued impact on music, art, fashion, and culture. - See more at: http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/2015-%E2%80%9CMTV-Video-Music-Awards%E2%80%9D-Video-Vanguard-Award-Kanye-West.aspx#sthash.WNQjW1sT.dpuf
MTV is set to award Kanye West with the VMA's highest honor, the "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award," for his career-spanning groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances, and continued impact on music, art, fashion, and culture. - See more at: http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/2015-%E2%80%9CMTV-Video-Music-Awards%E2%80%9D-Video-Vanguard-Award-Kanye-West.aspx#sthash.WNQjW1sT.dpuf
MTV is set to award Kanye West with the VMA's highest honor, the "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award," for his career-spanning groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances, and continued impact on music, art, fashion, and culture. - See more at: http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/2015-%E2%80%9CMTV-Video-Music-Awards%E2%80%9D-Video-Vanguard-Award-Kanye-West.aspx#sthash.WNQjW1sT.dpuf

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