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WATCH: MTV announces 2013 Video Music Award nominees

Justin Timberlake and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis top the list of nominees for MTV’s 30th (!!!) VMAs — making everyone who remembers when ‘NSYNC was denied a moon man for “Tearin’ Up My Heart” in 1999 feel both justified and very old.

JT and our favorite tag poppin’ duo are up for six awards spread across their combined four summer hits. Timberlake’s “Mirrors” is in the running for best video of the year, male video, pop video and editing, while “Suit & Tie” is up for best collaboration and direction. Macklemore and Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” also made the video of the year category, and “Can’t Hold Us” completes the set with five more nods.

The rest of the nominees read like a summer pre-game playlist, with all of the major blockbusters making an appearance. Save for T. Swift’s “22,” which is mysteriously absent. Too much hipster + cuteness for you, MTV? We would have to agree.

The awards are set to air August 25, from Brooklyn, complete with newly re-imaged moon man from New York artist KAWS.

The full list of 2013 MTV Video Music Award nominees:
Video of the Year
» Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
» Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
» Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
» Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Best Hip-Hop Video
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
» Drake, “Started From The Bottom”
» Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools”
» A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, “[Expletive] Problems”
» J. Cole feat. Miguel, “Power Trip”

Best Male Video
» Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
» Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
» Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
» Ed Sheeran, “Lego House”
» Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools”

Best Female Video
» Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, “Stay”
» Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”
» Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
» Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”
» Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack”

Best Pop Video
» Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
» Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
» Fun., “Carry On”
» Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
» Selena Gomez, “Come and Get It”

Artist To Watch, Presented by Taco Bell
» Twenty One Pilots, “Holding On To You”
» Zedd feat. Foxes, “Clarity”
» Austin Mahone, “What About Love”
» The Weeknd, “Wicked Games”
» Iggy Azalea, “Work”

Best Collaboration
» Justin Timberlake, feat. Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie”
» Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera, “Feel This Moment”
» Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding, “I Need Your Love”
» Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
» Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”

Best Video With A Social Message
» Kelly Clarkson, “People Like Us”
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Same Love”
» Snoop Lion, “No Guns Allowed”
» Miguel, “Candles in the Sun”
» Beyoncé, “I Was Here”

Best Rock Video
» Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
» Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”
» Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”
» Thirty Seconds To Mars, “Up in the Air”
» Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young”

Best Art Direction
» Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”
» Thirty Seconds To Mars, “Up in the Air”
» Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N”
» Lana Del Rey, “National Anthem”
» Alt-J, “Tesselate”

Best Choreography
» Chris Brown, “Fine China”
» Ciara, “Body Party”
» Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull, “Live It Up”
» will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber, “#thatPOWER”
» Bruno Mars, “Treasure”

Best Cinematography
» Thirty Seconds To Mars, “Up in the Air”
» Lana Del Rey, “Ride”
» Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege”
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
» A-Trak & Tommy Trash, “Tuna Melt”

Best Direction
» Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie”
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
» Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege”
» Fun., “Carry On”
» Drake, “Started From The Bottom”

Best Editing
» Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”
» Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch, “Sweet Nothing”
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
» Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
» Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”

Best Visual Effects
» Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”
» Duck Sauce, “It’s You”
» Flying Lotus, “Tony Tortures”
» Skrillex feat. the Doors “Breakn’ a Sweat”
» The Weeknd “Wicked Games”

Cara Kelly is an Editorial Product Manager for the Emerging News Products team.

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