MTV Video Music Awards nominations: What madness can we expect at this year’s show?


 Miley Cyrus (C) performs on stage during her concert at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, 13 June 2014, as part of her Bangerz Tour. EPA/MARTA PEREZ

The MTV Video Music Awards announced nominations on Thursday morning. To the surprise of no one, Beyonce scored the most with eight (thanks to her midnight album drop last year that featured 17 international videos); Eminem and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea followed with seven.

Zzzzz. Come on, we all know no one really cares about the actual awards at this particular show, which has its own challenge after last year: How do you top the spectacle that was Miley Cyrus twerking with Robin Thicke, launching the explosion of a thousand thinkpieces about cultural appropriation and appropriateness of other things?

Easy answer: You don’t. Unless something equally crazy happens. Cyrus’s performance practically broke the Internet this year, which seems unlikely to happen again. However, based on the list of nominees, here are the storylines that could potentially break out on the broadcast on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Iggy Azalea. This is the year of I-GG-Y, as you can simply not turn on the radio without hearing “Fancy,” her anthem featuring Charli XCX. She’s been on a slew of award shows this year, but look for this to be a pretty big night for the Aussie rapper.

Beyonce. Will Beyonce show up to collect her awards? Is she too big a deal for the VMAs? She did steal all the VMA thunder in 2011, when she showed up on the red carpet and confirmed she was pregnant. The Carters will have wrapped up the U.S. leg of the “On the Run” tour at that point, so they will be free…

Ariana Grande. This is also the year of GRANDE, as her hit “Problem” (featuring Iggy Azalea) exploded, and she dutifully ditched her sitcom “Sam & Cat” to take advantage of her moment in the spotlight. She’s apparently been crowned the next big thing, and is scheduled to perform — will she try to pull a Miley and outshine everyone?

5 Seconds of Summer. Poised to be the new One Direction (and opening for the British boy band on their latest tour), this Australian group is a hit among the tween crowd. All anyone talked about after their TV debut at the Billboard Music Awards was how Kendall Jenner botched their intro; so with a VMA performance slot, they may try to redeem themselves with a wild performance.

Miley. She’s got two nominations for “Wrecking Ball,” and therefore, an excuse to show up and capture everyone’s attention yet again.

Full list of nominees

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Beyoncé ft. JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Sia – “Chandelier”
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”

BEST HIP HOP:
Eminem – “Berzerk”
Drake ft. Majid Jordan – “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
Childish Gambino – “3005″
Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”
Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”

BEST MALE:
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
John Legend – “All Of Me”
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell – “Sing”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”

BEST FEMALE:
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Beyoncé – “Partition”
Lorde – “Royals”
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

BEST POP:
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty”
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc – “Wake Me Up”

BEST ROCK:
Imagine Dragons – “Demons”
Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know”
The Black Keys – “Fever”
Lorde – “Royals”
Linkin Park – “Until It’s Gone”

MTV ARTIST TO WATCH:
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
5 Seconds of Summer -”She Looks So Perfect”
Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”
Schoolboy Q – “Man Of The Year”
Fifth Harmony – “Miss Movin On”

BEST COLLABORATION:
Beyoncé ft. JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Pitbull ft. Ke$ha – “Timber”
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD:
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”
Calvin Harris – “Summer”
Martin Garrix – “Animal”
Disclosure – “Grab Her!”

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Angel Haze ft. Sia – “Battle Cry“
Avicii – “Hey Brother”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
J. Cole ft. TLC – “Crooked Smile”
Kelly Rowland – “Dirty Laundry”
David Guetta ft. Mikky Ekko – “One Voice”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “City of Angels”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”
Gesaffelstein – “Hate or Glory”
Lana Del Rey – “West Coast”

BEST EDITING
Eminem – “Rap God”
MGMT – “Your Life is a Lie”
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams -”Stay the Night”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Fitz and The Tantrums – “The Walker”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Sia – “Chandelier”
Beyoncé – “Partition”
Usher – “Good Kisser”
Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake – “Love Never Felt So Good”
Jason Derulo ft. 2Chainz – “Talk Dirty”
Kiesza – “Hideaway”

BEST DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
OK Go – “The Writing’s On the Wall”
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”

BEST ART DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
Tyler, The Creator – “Tamale”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
OK Go – “The Writing’s On the Wall”
Disclosure – “Grab Her!”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Jack White – “Lazaretto”

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.
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