Kendrick Lamar performs during the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at Empire Polo Club.

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Kendrick Lamar Leads VMA Nominations & Goes Double Platinum

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July 31, 2017

2017 has already pretty much been Kendrick Lamar's year, and things just keep looking up. K-Dot's most recent album, DAMN., was already considered by most people to be the album of the year before it went double platinum earlier this month.

These murals forever belong to my fans. You've always taken my words above and beyond. Around the world and back again. With trust. I am forever grateful. 2x

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Meanwhile, this week, Kendrick and us fans learned the he led all nominees for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards with eight. In addition to Best Hip Hop Video, direction, visual effects, and a handful of other catagories, the Compton native will go up against Bruno Mars, DJ Khaled, The Weeknd, and Alessia Cara for Video of the Year. Both The Weeknd and Katy Perry have five nominations a piece. 

 

Khalid, Kodak Black, SZA, and Young M.A will each battle for the Best New Artist award. Take a look at all of the catagories and nominees below:

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Kendrick Lamar – "HUMBLE." 
  • Bruno Mars – "24K Magic" 
  • Alessia Cara – "Scars To Your Beautiful"
  • DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – "Wild Thoughts" 
  • The Weeknd – "Reminder" 

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Bruno Mars 
  • Kendrick Lamar 
  • Ed Sheeran 
  • Ariana Grande 
  • The Weeknd 
  • Lorde 

 

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®)

  • Khalid 
  • Kodak Black 
  • SZA 
  • Young M.A 
  • Julia Michaels 
  • Noah Cyrus 

 

BEST COLLABORATION

  • Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – "We Don't Talk Anymore" 
  • DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – "Wild Thoughts" 
  • D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – "Broccoli" 
  • The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – "Closer" 
  • Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – "Feels" 
  • Zayn & Taylor Swift – "I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)" 

 

BEST POP

  • Shawn Mendes – "Treat You Better" 
  • Ed Sheeran – "Shape of You" 
  • Harry Styles – "Sign Of The Times" 
  • Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – "Down" 
  • Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – "Chained To The Rhythm" 
  • Miley Cyrus – "Malibu" 

 

BEST HIP HOP

  • Kendrick Lamar – "HUMBLE." 
  • Big Sean – "Bounce Back" 
  • Chance the Rapper – "Same Drugs" 
  • D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – "Broccoli" 
  • Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – "Bad & Boujee" 
  • DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – "I'm The One" 

 

BEST DANCE

  • Zedd and Alessia Cara – "Stay" 
  • Kygo x Selena Gomez – "It Ain't Me" 
  • Calvin Harris – "My Way" 
  • Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – "Cold Water" 
  • Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – "Gone" 

 

BEST ROCK

  • 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 ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – "Black SpiderMan" 
  • The Hamilton Mixtape – "Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)" 
  • Big Sean – "Light" 
  • Alessia Cara – "Scars To Your Beautiful" 
  • Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – "Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL" 
  • John Legend – "Surefire" 

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Kendrick Lamar – "HUMBLE." (Scott Cunningham)
  • Imagine Dragons – "Thunder" (Matthew Wise)
  • Ed Sheeran – "Castle On The Hill" (Steve Annis)
  • DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – "Nobody Speak" (David Proctor)
  • Halsey – "Now or Never" (Kristof Brandl)

 

BEST DIRECTION

  • Kendrick Lamar – "HUMBLE." (Dave Meyers & the little homies)
  • Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – "Chained To The Rhythm" (Mathew Cullen)
  • Bruno Mars – "24K Magic" (Cameron Duddy & Bruno Mars)
  • Alessia Cara – "Scars To Your Beautiful" (Aaron A)
  • The Weeknd – "Reminder" (Glenn Michael)

 

BEST ART DIRECTION

  • Kendrick Lamar – "HUMBLE." (Spencer Graves)
  • Bruno Mars – "24K Magic" (Alex Delgado)
  • Katy Perry ft. Migos – "Bon Appetit" (Natalie Groce)
  • DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – "Wild Thoughts" (Damian Fyffe)
  • The Weeknd – "Reminder" (Creative Director: Lamar C Taylor / Co-creative Director: Christo Anesti)

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Kendrick Lamar – "HUMBLE." 
  • A Tribe Called Quest – "Dis Generation" 
  • KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – "iSpy" 
  • Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – "Chained To The Rhythm" 
  • Harry Styles – "Sign Of The Times" 

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Kanye West – "Fade" 
  • Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – "Side To Side" 
  • Kendrick Lamar – "HUMBLE." 
  • Sia – "The Greatest" 
  • Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – "Down" 

 

BEST EDITING

  • Future – "Mask Off" 
  • Young Thug – "Wyclef Jean" 
  • Lorde – "Green Light"
  • The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – "Closer" 
  • The Weeknd – "Reminder"

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards airs Sunday, August 27.