Beyonce leads MTV Video Music Awards with 8 nods
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JULY 11: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at MetLife Stadium on July 11, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
Pharrell Williams performs on the main stage at Wireless festival in Finsbury Park, north London, Friday, July 4, 2014. The first festival took place in June 2005 and was staged in Hyde Park. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Australian singer Iggy Azalea performs on the main stage at Wireless festival in Finsbury Park, north London, Friday, July 4, 2014. The first festival took place in June 2005 and was staged in Hyde Park. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
John Legend performs on NBC's "Today" show on Thursday, July 10, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran visits the radio Q102 Performance Theater on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Eminem performs on stage at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2014 file photo, Miley Cyrus arrives at the 56th annual GRAMMY awards - salute to industry icons with Clive Davis, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Cyrus is in the hospital and unable to perform her âBangerzâ concert at Kansas Cityâs Sprint Center as planned. A Cyrus spokeswoman says the 21-year-old entertainer canceled her performance Tuesday, April 15, 2014, after she was hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, file)
By Mesfin Fekadu
NEW YORK (AP) - Doing a visual album has paid off for Beyonce: She's the leading nominee at the MTV Video Music Awards.
MTV announced Thursday that Beyonce is up for eight moonman trophies, including video of the year for "Drunk in Love." Iggy Azalea and Eminem are nominated for seven awards each.
Pharrell is the only male nominated for the top prize. Along with Beyonce, his "Happy" will compete with Azalea's "Fancy," Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" and Sia's "Chandelier" for video of the year.
Beyonce's "Partition" is nominated for best female video and cinematography, while the Jay Z-featured "Drunk in Love" is up for best collaboration. Both songs are from Beyonce's self-titled fifth album, which she released in surprise form last year with all of the tracks' music videos.
"This album was a labor of love and she had such a vision of wanting to be able to tell the story of this album visually as well as audio," said Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, general manager of Beyonce's production house, Parkwood Entertainment. "She really, really set out to do something special in a visual medium."
Beyonce's "Pretty Hurts," a video displaying women's body issues and insecurities, is nominated for best direction, editing and video with a social message.
Azalea is still riding high on the success of "Fancy," which spent seven weeks on top of the Billboard charts and is nominated for best pop video and female video. The Australian performer will compete twice in both categories thanks to her other hit, the Ariana Grande smash "Problem." The rapper is not nominated for best hip-hop video, though.
Eminem's seven nominations include the latter and best male video, where he will compete with Pharrell, John Legend, Ed Sheeran and newcomer Sam Smith.
The VMAs will air live Aug. 24 from The Forum in Inglewood, California. Performers will include Grande, Usher and 5 Seconds of Summer.