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Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Lead 2013 MTV VMA Nominations

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Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have led this year’s MTV Video Music Awards with six nominations each. The artists will go head-to-head in Best Direction and Best Editing categories as well as the coveted Video of the Year nod.

Timberlake’s ‘Mirrors’ also picked up Video of the Year, Best Male Video, Best Pop Video and Best Editing while ‘Suit & Tie’ featuring Jay-Z grabbed Best Collaboration as well as Best Direction. He has already won seven Moonmen.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are probably hoping to take at least one of these trophies home on Aug. 25, when the awards air. ‘Thrift Shop’ is in the running for Video of the Year, and ‘Can’t Hold Us’ is nominated for Best Hip Hop Video, Best Cinematography, Best Direction and Best Editing. Also, their latest, powerful track, ‘Same Love,’ is nominated for Best Video with a Social Message.

As far as Best Hip-Hop Video, the nominees aren’t too surprising. Drake‘s ‘Started From the Bottom,’ ‘Swimming Pools’ by Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore’s ‘Can’t Hold Us,’ J. Cole‘s ‘Power Trip’ featuring Miguel and ‘F—in’ Problems’ by A$AP Rocky with Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar all received a nod. If the last song wins, Drake and Lamar will still walk away with a Moonman even though it’s not for their own solo work.

Bruno Mars picked up four nominations including Video of the Year for ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ and Best Choreography for his latest single, ‘Treasure.’ Robin Thicke is also in the running with three nods for his hyped up, yet somewhat controversial ‘Blurred Lines’ visual.

The 2013 VMAs air live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Sun., Aug. 25th at 9pm ET/PT.

Check out the entire list of nominees below.

Video of the Year
Justin Timberlake, ‘Mirrors’
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, ‘Thrift Shop’
Bruno Mars, ‘Locked Out of Heaven’
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, ‘Blurred Lines’
Taylor Swift, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’

Best Hip Hop Video
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, ‘Can’t Hold Us’
Drake, ‘Started From The Bottom’
Kendrick Lamar, ‘Swimming Pools’
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, ‘F—in’ Problems
J. Cole feat. Miguel, ‘Power Trip’

Best Male Video
Justin Timberlake, ‘Mirrors’
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, ‘Blurred Lines’
Bruno Mars, ‘Locked Out of Heaven’
Ed Sheeran, ‘Lego House’
Kendrick Lamar, ‘Swimming Pools’

Best Female Video
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, ‘Stay’
Taylor Swift, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’
Miley Cyrus, ‘We Can’t Stop’
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, ‘Just Give Me A Reason’
Demi Lovato, ‘Heart Attack’

Best Pop Video
Bruno Mars, ‘Locked Out of Heaven’
Justin Timberlake, ‘Mirrors’
Fun., ‘Carry On’
Miley Cyrus, ‘We Can’t Stop’
Selena Gomez, ‘Come and Get It’

Artist to Watch, Presented by Taco Bell
Twenty One Pilots, ‘Holding On To You’
Zedd feat. Foxes, ‘Clarity’
Austin Mahone, ‘What About Love’
The Weeknd, ‘Wicked Games’
Iggy Azalea, ‘Work’

Best Collaboration
Justin Timberlake, feat. Jay-Z, ‘Suit & Tie’
Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera, ‘Feel This Moment’
Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding, ‘I Need Your Love’
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, ‘Blurred Lines’
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, ‘Just Give Me a Reason’

Best Video With a Social Message
Kelly Clarkson, ‘People Like Us’
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, ‘Same Love’
Snoop Lion, ‘No Guns Allowed’
Miguel, ‘Candles in the Sun’
Beyonce, ‘I Was Here’

Best Rock Video
Imagine Dragons, ‘Radioactive’
Fall Out Boy, ‘My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)’
Mumford & Sons, ‘I Will Wait’
Thirty Seconds to Mars, ‘Up in the Air’
Vampire Weekend, ‘Diane Young’

Best Art Direction
Capital Cities, ‘Safe and Sound’
Thirty Seconds to Mars, ‘Up in the Air’
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, ‘Q.U.E.E.N’
Lana Del Rey, ‘National Anthem’
Alt-J, ‘Tesselate’

Best Choreography
Chris Brown, ‘Fine China’
Ciara, ‘Body Party’
Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull, ‘Live It Up’
will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber, ‘#thatPOWER’
Bruno Mars, ‘Treasure’

Best Cinematography
Thirty Seconds to Mars, ‘Up in the Air’
Lana Del Rey, ‘Ride’
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, ‘Sacrilege’
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, ‘Can’t Hold Us’
A-Trak & Tommy Trash, ‘Tuna Melt’

Best Direction
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z, ‘Suit & Tie’
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, ‘Can’t Hold Us’
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, ‘Sacrilege’
Fun., ‘Carry On’
Drake, ‘Started From The Bottom’

Best Editing
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, ‘Just Give Me a Reason’
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch, ‘Sweet Nothing’
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, ‘Can’t Hold Us’
Justin Timberlake, ‘Mirrors’
Miley Cyrus, ‘We Can’t Stop’

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