MTV Video Music Awards 2017 Nominations: Kendrick Lamar, Katy Perry, & The Weeknd Lead [Full List] #VMAs

Published: Tuesday 25th Jul 2017 by Sam

It’s that time of year again.

The MTV Video Music Awards 2017 will be heating up screens on August 27th live from The Forum in Los Angeles.

Hailed as one of the most important days on the Pop music calendar, all eyes are on who is up for coveted Moonmen at the show’s 33rd instalment. Especially with MTV eliminating gendered categories.

Kendrick Lamar leads with 8 noms, with Katy Perry and The Weeknd following with five apiece. But what about the rest of the list?

Without further ado, the answer awaits below…

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records)
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam)
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best)
The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records)

Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records)
Ariana Grande (Republic Records)
The Weeknd (XO/Republic Records)
Lorde (Republic Records)

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Khalid (RCA Records)
Kodak Black (Atlantic Records)
SZA (TDE/RCA Records)
Young M.A (3D)
Julia Michaels (Republic Records)
Noah Cyrus (Records)

Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore” (Atlantic Records)
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best)
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” (Atlantic Records)
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records)
Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels” (Columbia Records)
Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” (Republic Records)

Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better” (Island Records)
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You” (Asylum/Atlantic Records)
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records)
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records)
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records)
Miley Cyrus – “Malibu” (RCA Records)

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Big Sean – “Bounce Back” (Def Jam)
Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs” (Chance the Rapper LLC)
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” (Atlantic Records)
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee” (300 Entertainment)
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One” (Epic Records/We The Best)


Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay” (Interscope)
Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me” (Ultra/Interscope)
Calvin Harris – “My Way” (Columbia Records)
Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water” (Mad Decent)
Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone” (Wall Recordings/Latium/RCA Records)

Coldplay – “A Head Full of Dreams” (Parlophone/Atlantic Records)
Fall Out Boy – “Young And Menace” (Island)
Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul” (Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Green Day – “Bang Bang” (Warner Bros. Records)
Foo Fighters – “Run” (RCA Records)

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan” (Def Jam)

The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” (Atlantic Records)

Big Sean – “Light” (Def Jam)

Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam)

Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”

John Legend – “Surefire” (Columbia Records)

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Scott Cunningham)
Imagine Dragons – “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope) (Matthew Wise)
Ed Sheeran – “Castle On The Hill” (Asylum/Atlantic Records) (Steve Annis)
DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – “Nobody Speak” (Mass Appeal Records LLC) (David Proctor)
Halsey – “Now or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol) (Kristof Brandl)

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Dave Meyers & the little homies)
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) (Mathew Cullen)
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records)  (Cameron Duddy & Bruno Mars)
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam) (Aaron A)
The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Glenn Michael)

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Spencer Graves)
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records) (Alex Delgado)
Katy Perry ft. Migos – “Bon Appetit” (Capitol Records) (Natalie Groce)
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best) (Damian Fyffe)
The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Creative Director: Lamar C Taylor / Co-creative Director: Christo Anesti)

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)
A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation” (Epic Records) (Company: Bemo/Lead: Brandon Hirzel)
KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy” (Atlantic Records) (Company: Gloria FX/Leads: Max Colt & Tomash Kuzmytskyi)
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) (Company: MIRADA)
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records) (Company: ONE MORE/Lead: Cédric Nivoliez)

Kanye West – “Fade” (Def Jam) (Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Jae Blaze & Derek ‘Bentley’ Watkins)
Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side To Side” (Republic Records) (Brian & Scott Nicholson)
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)  (Dave Meyers)
Sia – “The Greatest” (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records) (Ryan Heffington)
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records) (Sean Bankhead)

Future – “Mask Off” (Epic Records/Freebandz/A1) (Vinnie Hobbs of VHPost)
Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean” (300 Entertainment/Atlantic Records) (Ryan Staake & Eric Degliomini)
Lorde – “Green Light” (Republic Records) (Nate Gross of Exile Edit)
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records) (Jennifer Kennedy)
The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Red Barbaza)

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  1. Danny Bey July 25, 2017


  2. kylie July 25, 2017

    a very very weak year for music videos. the weeknd-reminder for video of the year? what a joke. same thing goes for dj khaled’ wild thoughts another weak video nominated for video of the year. mtv are u guys joking.

    best choreography, fifth harmony-down.HAHAHAHAHA. pls show me the choreography in that video.

    2017 is a bad bad year for music and music videos.

    • Whoops July 25, 2017

      Eh. Doesn’t matter. It’s going to Kendrick.

    • AmbeRussell July 25, 2017

      Wild thoughts is nominated for the song i feel more so than the video itself. They forget, they are nominating VIDEOS not the song.

      • Whoops July 25, 2017

        That’s true. There’s absolutely nothing special about the Wild Thoughts Video that deserves that nomination. You’re right. This isn’t the billboard awards. It’s the Video Music Awards. The only video there that deserves Video of the year is HUMBLE.

  3. Molly Percocet ? July 25, 2017

    Selena was snubbed. Vmas can never seem too get it right. Congrats too Selena, Sza, Rihanna, and Kendrick they deserve their noms and more.

  4. pat July 25, 2017

    boring year for music……crossing my fingers for a janet come back performance to kick off the tour

  5. Hmmm…. July 25, 2017

    Very boring. It’ll be Kendrick’s night. And Closer is still getting nominated for stuff? Seems like that stupid song has been around forever.

  6. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy July 25, 2017

    Where’s Bad & Boujee? Where’s Solange? Y’all got Ariana Grande for best choreo when all she did was ride a damn bike? What a damn shame! Y’all can’t save pop music; it’s done

  7. Jamon July 25, 2017

    How is “Closer” and “24K Magic” still getting nominations???

    • AmbeRussell July 25, 2017

      Hu 24k didn’t come out until october, so it was after all cut off deadlines bes for 2016 music awards. And closet came out late summer. Chain smokers had don’t let me down out first and that was winning and getting nominated

  8. Datredd23 July 25, 2017

    Congrats queen Rih Wild Thoughts saved summer 2017!!

  9. Cough Cough July 25, 2017

    MTV awards hasn’t been a great event in eons. This literally used to be the spectacle of the year and now it’s just, boring.

  10. THE REAL July 25, 2017

    Just terribly lackluster. This show hasn’t been the same since Bey’s iconic baby bump reveal from 2011. The only other highlights in recent ywara also came from Bey in 2014 during her Vnaguard performance and the Lemonade performance last year. I can’t seem to recall any other notable event aside from Nicki asking Miley Cyrya ‘What’s good?’ Did they even acknowledge Prince passed away last year? The only reason the VMAS still exist is to help MTV sell ads and pay the bills.

  11. SMH July 25, 2017

    The MTV Awards hasn’t been exciting (or relevant) since the early 2000s. MJ was still alive the last time they had an exciting show. And the 2010s is their worst and most lackluster decade ever. Not one single exciting or memorable moment in the last 7 years. Not surprised at this snoozefest.

  12. gina July 25, 2017

    the roach queen must have been too busy to write some checks this year lmao.

  13. ??? July 25, 2017

    no beyonce??? Good. Now I have a reason to watch this year.

  14. mr.m July 25, 2017

    this could be the worst vma’s ever !!! SO BORING !!
    hopefully the performances save the night
    I heard Xtina is coming … if so … i might be watching

  15. Citi July 25, 2017

    Even tho it wasn’t a hit, Slumber Party deserved a few nods. It’s Brit best video in over a decade and one of the best this year.

  16. Brent Christpher July 25, 2017

    The nominations are all pedestrian & bland. So many great videos & artists have been left out. This is going to be yet another trash awards show for MTV.

  17. DanYiel Iman July 25, 2017

    Beyoncé always served up great videos especially for African American artist, I’m not sure who besides the weekend & Kendrick can save the show…

  18. Meme July 25, 2017

    It’s king K season

  19. Janet July 26, 2017

    All I am seeing is a bunch of artists who pay big to have their s*** played to exhaustion on local radio. Nothing new here, and def not the best music that has come out this year ( as usual). I am so , SO bored with the crap that is played nowadays.

  20. Mariah Carey July 27, 2017

    Where’s “I Don’t” for Video of the Year? Bleak dahhling!

  21. TD August 11, 2017

    Kendrick had the best video, so he should get Best Video, Editing, Direction, Cinematography and Effects…

  22. Sal F August 24, 2017

    No Nom’s for Lana Del Rey. Love and lust for life both good songs and great video’s. Its a great album and should be recognized for it.

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