Taylor Swift Earns Two MTV VMA Nominations

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It’s no secret that the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are focused more on pop than country. And the 2013 VMA nominations, which were announced today (July 17), are no different. The only country artist on the list, in fact, is Taylor Swift.

Swift earned two nominations this year, in the Best Female Video and Video of the Year categories. The item in question for both categories is her video for “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Released this past December, the video stars Reeve Carney (of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark fame) alongside Taylor, and it was directed by music video vet Anthony Mandler.

This year’s awards show will take place on August 25 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

As for the rest of the nominations, Justin Timberlake and Macklemore are tied for the most with six each.

In the coveted Video of the Year category, Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” will face off against Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” 

Timberlake’s “Mirrors” is also up for Best Pop Video, Best Male Video, and Best Editing. While his David Fincher-directed clip for “Suit & Tie” is in the running for the Best Collaboration and Best Direction awards.

Check out the full list of nominees for the 30th annual MTV Video Music Awards, airing live August 25 at 9 pm EST, below.

Video of the Year
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Bruno Mars, “Locked out of Heaven”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop”
Robin Thicke, featuring T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”

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”
Beyoncé, “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”

Best Visual Effects
Flying Lotus, “Tiny Tortures”
Skrillex feat. The Doors, “Breakin’ A Sweat”
The Weeknd, “Wicked Games”
Duck Sauce, “It’s You”
Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”

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