Which of these is the best music video of the year?

27 July, 2017, 18:31 | Author: Gary Shelton
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This year's MTV Video Music Awards will take place on August 27 at 8 p.m.at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Also competing to be voted Artist Of The Year are Ariana Grande, who gets our personal seal of approval, after her prominent involvement in the One Love Manchester benefit, and Kendrick Lamar, who leads this year's nominees with eight nods.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Tiller received two nominations at this year's MTV Video Music Awards.

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In past years, the Best Video with a Social Message nominations have included videos from Top 40 goliaths like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Macklemore, and Demi Lovato. Logic, Alessia Cara, John Legend, Big Sean, and The Hamilton Mixtape are all up for the prize. Today, the nominees have been announced.

Alessia Cara's pop hit "Scars to Your Beautiful" is perhaps the most well-known of this year's crop - it's also nominated for VMA Video of the Year - but its mainstream popularity should take away nothing from its role as an anthem for body positivity and female empowerment.

A surprise snub was Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee; the catchy tune's remix featuring Justin Bieber is considered by many to be the song of the summer.

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Sheeran is also nominated for best pop for Shape Of You and best cinematography for Castle On The Hill. Both songs topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year. These are Artist of the Year, Video of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best New Artist, and Best Fight Against the System Video.

Notably absent this year are music's power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z, who did not release any new music in the eligibility period of 25 June 2016 to 23 June 2017.

Several artists are included on the list of multiple nominations, for example, the mentioned Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, Halsey, The Chainsmokers, Chance the Rapper, Calvin Harris, D.R.A.M., and Migos.

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