Ken­drick La­mar leads MTV VMAs with 8 nom­i­na­tions

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Ken­drick La­mar’s “Hum­ble” is giv­ing the rap­per rea­son to brag: He is the leader of the MTV Video Mu­sic Awards with eight nom­i­na­tions. La­mar and his No. 1 hit song are nom­i­nated for video of the year, artist of the year, best hip-hop video and other prizes. Katy Perry and The Weeknd are be­hind La­mar with five nom­i­na­tions, while Bruno Mars is up for four Moon­men. The 2017 VMAs will air live Aug. 27 from the Fo­rum in In­gle­wood, Calif. Other video of the year nom­i­nees in­cludes Mars’ “24K Magic,” the Weeknd’s “Re­minder,” Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beau­ti­ful” and “Wild Thoughts,” the hit by DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller re­leased last month. A sur­prise snub was the ubiq­ui­tous “Des­pac­ito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yan­kee — which in­cludes a remix with Justin Bieber — as well as Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.” This year MTV elim­i­nated gen­der cat­e­gories like best male and fe­male video and opted for the artist of the year prize. La­mar’s other nom­i­na­tions in­clude best di­rec­tion, art di­rec­tion, chore­og­ra­phy, cin­e­matog­ra­phy and vis­ual ef­fects. Other acts who scored nom­i­na­tions in­clude the Chainsmok­ers, Mi­gos, Harry Styles, Se­lena Gomez, Fifth Har­mony and Big Sean.

Alessia Cara

Ken­drick La­mar

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