Beyonce 11 MTV Video nods, Swift 0

TOP AWARD NOMINEES: (from left) Beyonce, West and Adele are all up for Video of the Year for their videos Formation, Famous and Hello respectively. There is recognition too for Bowie who died in January of cancer.


    Jul 28, 2016

    Beyonce 11 MTV Video nods, Swift 0


    BEYONCE'S critically-praised visual album Lemonade on Tuesday earned the R&B singer a career-best 11 nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards, in a list that included multiple nods for Adele and rapper Kanye West but nothing for Taylor Swift.

    Adele's YouTube-shattering video for last year's comeback single Hello notched seven nominations while the sultry British singer earned an eighth mention for Send My Love (To Your New Lover).

    The controversial video for West's Famous - which features portrayals of 12 nude celebrities including Swift sleeping next to the rapper - got two nominations, including the top award of video of the year.

    Swift and West have been publicly feuding for months about whether the pop star approved lyrics in which he boasts about making her famous.

    Swift, 26, the top-earning celebrity in the world, has dominated music awards shows in the past five years.

    She won four MTV music video prizes last year, including for her single Bad Blood with Kendrick Lamar.

    But this year she did not score any nominations after touring worldwide for much of last year, despite releasing videos for Out Of The Woods and New Romantics late last year and early this year.

    The coveted video of the year category pits Beyonce's politically-charged video for Formation against Adele's Hello, Canadian rapper Drake's Hotline Bling, Justin Bieber's Sorry and West's Famous.

    The MTV Video Music Awards, which have a reputation for irreverence and shock tactics, take place this year in New York City on Aug 28 and will air live on MTV.

    The awards are voted on by fans. A host for this year's show has yet to be announced.

    Beyonce's album Lemonade in April featured music videos for each track and was praised for its bold songs about betrayal and revenge. Videos from the album also scored nominations for choreography, art direction and editing.

    Rihanna scored multiple nominations for her collaborations with DJ Calvin Harris on This Is What You Came For, and with Drake on Work.

    British artist David Bowie, who died unexpectedly in January of cancer days after releasing a new album, also made it onto the list.

    He had nominations for best direction, art, editing and cinematography for his singles Blackstar and Lazarus.