Bey­once’s got bounce

Pop diva nets 11 nom­i­na­tions for MTV Video Mu­sic Awards

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in New York

Bey­once on Tues­day led nom­i­na­tions for the MTV Video Mu­sic Awards as she basked in ac­claim for her film al­bum Le­mon­ade.

The pop diva was in the run­ning for 11 awards at MTV’s an­nual ex­trav­a­ganza, which will take place on Aug 28 in New York’s Madi­son Square Gar­den, a shift from the more usual venue in Los An­ge­les.

Adele came in sec­ond with eight nom­i­na­tions.

All but seven were for the chart-top­ping English bal­ladeer’s Hello, which with more than 1.6 bil­lion views is the fifth-most-watched video on YouTube.

Hello, filmed by the Cana­dian di­rec­tor Xavier Dolan, shows Adele on the phone with a younger ver­sion of her­self and was the first mu­sic video cre­ated for the high-res­o­lu­tion Imax for­mat.

Hello was in the run­ning for video of the year against Bey­once’s For­ma­tion, the most overtly po­lit­i­cal work of the pop diva’s ca­reer as she aligned her­self with the Black Lives Mat­ter protest move­ment.

Filmed by Melina Mat­soukas, For­ma­tion at one point shows a row of po­lice of­fi­cers with their hands in the air and graf­fiti on a wall that reads, “Stop shoot­ing us.”

The video riled some con­ser­va­tive com­men­ta­tors and law en­force­ment groups who voiced anger when Bey­once per­formed the song at the Su­per Bowl, the most watched tele­vi­sion event of the year.

Shot in New Orleans, For­ma­tion marked a shift in sound by Bey­once to the south­ern city’s bounce hiphop scene.

For­ma­tion was her first sin­gle off her al­bum Le­mon­ade, which she re­leased in April to ac­com­pany a film that she made for HBO.

AFP

Bey­once grabs 11 nom­i­na­tions for the MTV awards.

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