Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video is up for the VMAs’ top award.
The five nominees for the top prize at this year's MTV Video Music Awards run the gamut, from simple efforts and themes to big-budget blockbusters. Catch up on them before Sunday’s broadcast.Beyoncé: 7/11
With the help of a selfie stick and some killer dance moves, Beyoncé made the world’s coolest home video.Ed Sheeran: Thinking Out Loud
The British singer reportedly trained five hours a day during his U.S. tour to prepare for this video, and it shows. Next stop: Dancing With the Stars?
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The almost seven-minute long video, filled with striking images that reference the conflict between African-Americans and the police, ends on a surreal note.
Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars: Uptown Funk
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars don their ‘80s gear and have a whole lot of fun dancing in the streets. Don’t believe me? Just watch.
Taylor Swift Ft. Kendrick Lamar: Bad Blood
If star power alone merits a win, then Swift has this one in the bag. "Bad Blood" broke Vevo’s 24-hour viewing record with 20.1 million views on its first day and boasts a host of famous faces, including Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss, Lena Dunham, Cindy Crawford, and more.
HONORABLE MENTIONNicki Minaj: Anaconda
The bootylicious video was arguably the hottest of 2014, setting the Vevo 24-hour viewing record with 19.6 million views before “Bad Blood” broke it, and Minaj didn’t hide her disappointment at being left out of the VMAs' marquee category. With the following tweet she set off a brief Twitter war with Taylor Swift and sparked a debate about race, beauty, and sexuality in the music industry:
If I was a different "kind" of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well. 😊😊😊— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ)July 21, 2015
So was Minaj robbed? You be the judge. (explicit)
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—By Pauline Vu