Beyonce dominates MTV award nominations

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Beyonce’s ambitious visual album, Lemonade, has earned 11 nominations for this year’s MTV Music Video Awards.

Adele follows close behind with eight nominations, including seven for her Hello video.

Kanye West’s highly-controversial video for Famous, which features the rapper in bed with several naked celebrities including Donald Trump and Taylor Swift, also received two nominations.

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The awards take place on 28 August at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

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In Lemonade, Beyonce depicts a woman progressing through several stages of grief as she comes to terms with her husband’s infidelity, set in the context of African-American culture.

The entire 60-minute film is in the running for best longform video; while the first single, Formation, is up for the coveted video of the year award, against Adele’s Hello, Drake’s Hotline Bling, Justin Bieber’s Sorry and West’s Famous.

However, Beyonce’s tally fell just short of the all-time record set by Lady Gaga in 2010, when she received 13 nominations – including two for video of the year.

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Other nominees for the 2016 instalment include Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris and Florence + The Machine.

Taylor Swift, who took home four prizes last year, was overlooked despite releasing three eligible videos in the last year. One of them, Wildest Dreams, was even premiered during the 2015 ceremony.

Pop singer Nick Jonas also failed to pick up any nominations, and tweeted he was “disappointed” not to be recognised for his collaboration with Tove Lo, Close.

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The star later recanted, saying: “[I] won’t let this one thing get to me. I’m feeling so inspired and grateful these days. Gonna focus more on caring less about the small stuff.”

MTV revealed this year’s nominations via a panoramic street mural in New York City’s East Village. Winners are selected by fan votes.

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