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Published on August 29th, 2015 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson

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The 2015 MTV VMAs Hip-Hop Nominees

It’s that time of year again: the 2015 MTV VMAs are upon us. And this year’s show already looks to have plenty of fireworks. Whether it’s the mere prospect of seeing what Nicki Minaj will do in opening this year’s show—particularly after host Miley Cyrus threw some shots at her in a New York Times interview earlier this week—or waiting to see what the likes of A$AP Rocky and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will cook up in their performances, 2015′s show seems set to deliver on the awards show hype that surrounds each of these events every year.

But while we’ll remember and talk about the moments on Monday, it really comes down to who walks away with what award. This year 10 rappers—Kendrick Lamar (13), Nicki Minaj (3), Wiz Khalifa (2), Fetty Wap (2), Big Sean (2), Childish Gambino (2), A$AP Rocky (1), Snoop Dogg (1), Wale (1) and Tyler, The Creator (1)—have been nominated for a Moon Man, while Kanye West will be honored with the Video Vanguard Award. To get you ready for Sunday night’s main event, here are the hip-hop nominees for the 2015 MTV VMAs. Get your scorecards ready.

Video Of The Year
Beyoncé, “7/11”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”

Best Collaboration
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
Ariana Grande featuring the Weeknd, “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang”
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth “See You Again”

Best Video With A Social Message
Jennifer Hudson, “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat, “Try”
Big Sean, “One Man Can Change The World”
Rihanna, “American Oxygen”
Wale, “The White Shoes”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Big Sean, “I Don’t Fuck With You”

Best Female Performance
Beyonce, “7/11”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”
Sia, “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”

Best Male Performance
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
The Weeknd, “Earned It”
Nick Jonas, “Chains”

Artist To Watch
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy, “Riptide”
George Ezra, “Budapest”
James Bay, “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs, “Pendulum”

Best Art Direction
Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” (Charles Infante)
Snoop Dogg, “So Many Pros” (Jason Fijal)
Jack White, “Would You Fight For My Love” (Jeff Peterson)
The Chemical Brothers, “Go” (Michel Gondry)
Skrillex & Diplo, “Where Are U Now” With Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best Choreography
Beyoncé, “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional Choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
OK Go, “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, Air:Man And Mori Harano)
Chet Faker, “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran, “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Never Catch Me” (Keone And Mari Madrid)

Best Cinematography
Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs, “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
Alt-J, “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

Best Direction
Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk” (Cameron Duddy)
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
Hozier, “Take Me To Church” (Brendan Canty, Conal Thomson)
Childish Gambino, “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

Best Editing
Beyoncé, “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran, “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes At Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky, “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo “Where Are U Now” With Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best Visual Effects
Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs, “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, And Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino, “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)
Skrillex & Diplo “Where Are U Now” With Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Tyler, The Creator, “Fucking Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

Video Vanguard Award
Kanye West




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