​Beyoncé, Iggy Azalea and Eminem lead the 2014 VMA nominations

The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are around the corner, and the nominations are bursting with talent.

Beyoncé, the queen of pop, leads the charge with a staggering eight nominations, but Iggy Azalea and Eminen are close behind with seven nods each.

Jay Z's gorgeous wife is also set to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, the evening's top honour and one that has gone to fellow performers like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Duran Duran, U2, Janet Jackson.

The annual awards show promises star-studded performances, too. Taylor Swift has confirmed that she will be performing at the event (her new song, "Shake it Off," we hope!), while Nicki Minaj has talked about staging “Bang Bang,” her collaboration with Ariana Grande and Jessi J.

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Newcomer Sam Smith will make his VMA debut and the infectious summer anthem, “Fancy,” gets the live treatment courtesy of Iggy and Charli XCX.

The VMAs have always been home to incredible performances, like Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” showstopper in 1984 and “Vogue” extravaganza in 1990. Michael Jackson’s medley performance in 1995 is also unforgettable, as are countless other stars who have taken the storied stage.

The MTV VMAs air on Sunday, Aug. 24 on MTV Canada. Tell us what you think of this year’s nominees @hellocanada on Twitter.


Michael Jackson Video Vanguard:

Beyoncé

Video of the Year:

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – "Fancy"
Beyonce ft. JAY Z - "Drunk In Love"
Pharrell Williams - "Happy"
Sia - "Chandelier"
Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball"

Best Hip Hop:

Eminem - "Bezerk"
Drake ft. Majid Jordan - "Hold On (We're Going Home)"
Childish Gambino - "3005"
Kanye West - "Black Skinhead"
Wiz Khalifa - "We Dem Boyz"

Best Male:

Pharrell Williams - "Happy"
John Legend - "All Of Me"
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell - "Sing"
Sam Smith - "Stay With Me"
Eminem ft. Rihanna - "Monster"

Best Female:

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy"
Beyonce - "Partition"
Lorde - "Royals"
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem"
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J - "Dark Horse"

Best Pop:

Pharrell Williams - "Happy"
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy"
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz - "Talk Dirty"
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem"
Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc - "Wake Me Up"

Best Rock:

Imagine Dragons - "Demons"
Arctic Monkeys - "Do I Wanna Know"
The Black Keys - "Fever"
Lorde - "Royals"
Linkin Park - "Until It's Gone"

MTV Artist to Watch:

Sam Smith - "Stay With Me"
5 Seconds of Summer -"She Looks So Perfect"
Charli XCX - "Boom Clap"
Schoolboy Q - "Man Of The Year"
Fifth Harmony - "Miss Movin On"

Best Collaboration:

Beyonce ft. JAY Z - "Drunk In Love"
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem"
Pitbull ft. Ke$ha - "Timber"
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga - "Loyal"
Eminem ft. Rihanna - "Monster"
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J - "Dark Horse"

MTV Clubland Award:

DJ Snake & Lil Jon - "Turn Down For What"
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams - "Stay the Night"
Calvin Harris - "Summer"
Martin Garrix - "Animal"
Disclosure - "Grab Her!"

Best Video With a Social Message:

Angel Haze ft. SIA - "Battle Cry"
Avicii - "Hey Brother"
Beyonce - "Pretty Hurts"
J. Cole ft. TLC - "Crooked Smile"
Kelly Rowland - "Dirty Laundry"
David Guetta f/ Mikky Ekko - "One Voice"

Best Cinematography:
30 Seconds to Mars - "City of Angels"
Beyonce - "Pretty Hurts"
Arcade Fire - "Afterlife"
Gesaffelstein - "Hate or Glory"
Lana Del Rey - "West Coast"

Best Editing:

Eminem - "Rap God"
MGMT - "Your Life is a Lie"
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams -"Stay the Night"
Beyonce - "Pretty Hurts"
Fitz and The Tantrums - "The Walker"

Best Choreography:

Sia - "Chandelier"
Beyonce - "Partition"
Usher - "Good Kisser"
Michael Jackson f/Justin Timberlake - "Love Never Felt So Good"
Jason Derulo f/2Chainz - "Talk Dirty"
KIESZA - "Hideaway"

Best Direction:

DJ Snake & Lil Jon - "Turn Down For What"
OK Go - "The Writing's On the Wall"
Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball"
Beyonce - "Pretty Hurts"
Eminem ft. Rihanna - "The Monster"

Best Art Direction:

DJ Snake & Lil Jon - "Turn Down For What"
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy"
Eminem - "Rap God"
Arcade Fire - "Reflektor"
Tyler, The Creator - "Tamale"

Best Visual Effects:

DJ Snake & Lil Jon - "Turn Down For What"
OK Go - "The Writing's On the Wall"
Disclosure - "Grab Her!"
Eminem - "Rap God"
Jack White - "Lazaretto"

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