On August 25, the MTV Video Music Awards 2013 will air live out of Brooklyn, New York. Some of the biggest names in music will be there, and there’ll be performances from Kayne West and Lady Gaga. You can vote right now for the nominees, but you might notice there were a few notable omissions this year. Here’s our look at who made the cut and who didn’t.
Justin Bieber’s been a mainstay of the past couple of VMAs, but he barely rates a mention this year. He makes his only appearance as part of will.i.am’s video #thatPower, which is nominated for best choreography. Could it be that Justin’s recent questionable behavior, including urinating in public and dissing former President Bill Clinton, is affecting his popularity among music fans? Or is his music just not as spectacular as it was once deemed? That remains to be seen, but in the meantime the Biebs definitely isn’t a standout on the list of 2013 nominees.
Also noticeably absent from the nominations is One Direction. Fans are reportedly outraged that the band wasn’t nominated for Live While We’re Young, Little Things, or One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks). It is rather surprising that the biggest boy band in history didn’t get a nod. Tween girls from around the world might descend upon MTV in protest or riot like they did recently at an LA screening of 1D’s new movie.
Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky was shocked to find himself on the list of nominations for his song “F—in’ Problems.” Up for Best Hip Hop Video, the 25-year-old says he’s writing a speech, just in case. “I don’t know why that would be the video nominated,” he told MTV. “I thought it would probably be “Long. Live. A$AP” cause [the video] was pure art, but a nomination is a nomination. I would definitely prepare a speech and I hope I win something, man, because I’m gonna say something significant.”
Justin Timberlake’s recent album, made after many people thought he was done with music and would concentrate on acting, sees him lead the nominations, scoring six (four for “Mirrors” and two for “Suit & Tie”). Newcomers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also landed six nominations, riding high on the success of “Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us,” and “Same Love.” Bruno Mars received four nominations, but he’s stuck in the same categories as Timberlake and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, so it’s unlikely he’ll upset the two favorites.
Kanye and Taylor Round Two?
Taylor Swift tweeted a promise to fans that shows she’s not just excited about her VMA nod, but still holding a grudge against Kanye West for rushing the stage during the 2009 VMAs.
“Two VMA nominations!! If you vote and get us one, I promise to keep a firmer grip on the mic this time ;),” she tweeted. Her two nominations for I Knew You Were Trouble, Video of the Year and Best Female Video, could see her back on the VMAs podium for the first time in four years.
Win or lose, we know that we will all get plenty of Miley during this years VMAs.
Do you think A$AP stands a chance in his category against Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Drake? Were you surprised by One Direction’s snub? Who do you hope will take home a Moonman at the MTV Video Music Awards 2013?
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