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Beyoncé Leads MTV Video Music Award Nominations

Iggy Azalea, Eminem not far behind

Who is taking home a moon man this August?  It’s that time of year again when MTV takes over our living rooms and mobile devices with one of the liveliest awards shows in Tinseltown, the MTV Music Video Awards!  This year, Beyoncé leads the pack with eight straight nominations including the highly coveted Video of the Year for “Drunk In Love”.  She is also up for Best Female and Best Choreography for the super sexy “Partition,” and a slew of other awards for “Pretty Hurts”.  Okay, can we just take a moment to applaud this woman for singlehandedly destroying all musical competition when she sneak drop-bombed her latest album, Beyoncé?  Even if she doesn’t take a moon man home (unlikely), she’s already triumphed.

Following in the femme fatale’s footsteps, we have Iggy Azalea with 7 nominations.  She goes up against Queen Bey for Video of the Year with the Clueless inspired “Fancy” (personally, I think she’s going to get it).  That mega hit also garnered Best Female and Best Pop nods.  Not only was “Fancy” a knockout of a video (and a throw back to the 90’s), it also set her apart as one fierce raptress.

Eminem, music’s rebellious son, is up for Best Male Video and Best Collaboration for his “Monster” collabo with bad-gyal RiRi.  He’s also got a healthy 7 nominations to his name including Best Hip-Hop “Berzerk” and Best Art Direction “Rap God”.  The rap god sure has come a long way!  I still fondly remember when Eminem stormed the 2000 MTV Awards with an army of bleach-blonde Slim Shadies.  Jim Carrey introduced him like, “He scares me a little”.

Rounding out the Video of the Year category are Pharrell Williams with “Happy,” Sia with “Chandelier,” and Miley Cyrus with the infamous “Wrecking Ball”.  Best Hip-Hop Video noms include Childish Gambino (“3005”), Drake ft. Majid Jordan (“Hold On (We’re Going Home)”), Kanye West (“Black Skinhead”) and Wiz Khalifa (“We Dem Boyz”).  Femcee Angel Haze nabbed a nom for Best Video With a Social Message (yes, that was a mouthful) for “Battle Cry”.  Usher, Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake compete for “Best Choreography with “Good Kisser” and MJ’s “Love Never Felt So Good”.

For the socially minded, fans can log onto vma.mtv.com to vote for VMA categories including Video of the Year, Artist to Watch and (later) a new category, Best Lyric Video.

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards all goes down at the Forum in Inglewood, California on August 24. Look out for performances by Usher, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer.

For a full list of nominees, please visit www.mtv.com.

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Mic check 1,2,1,2. Not the words you expect to bust out of Orange County, California, but that's where Deborah Jane found her funk. Daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Deborah grew up in an all-white suburb where she was one of the only black kids in her school. (Fun fact: She didn't make her first black friend until attending Stanford University). Hip-hop gave her a voice and helped her discover her roots. Now she is an emcee and writer who both spits raps and writes editorials, TV shows and films - especially hip-hop musicals!

At Stanford, she wrote and produced an award-winning hip-hop musical, Strange Fruit: The Hip-Hopera (www.strangefruithiphopera.com) - now in development as a feature film. Deborah also launched her hip-hip theatre webseries, The HOTT (www.youtube.com/TheHOTTtv), published in Urban Cusp Magazine. Currently, she is penning her first hip-hop album, Do You Love Me Deborah Jane? And do you? She truly hopes you all love her.

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