Reuters Los Angeles, United States
Jul 27, 2016, 06.35 AM
Beyonce's much talked about visual album 'Lemonade' on Tuesday (July 26) earned the R&B singer a career best 11 nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards in a list that included multiple nods for Adele and rapper Kanye West but nothing for Taylor Swift.
Adele's YouTube-shattering video for her 2015 comeback single "Hello" notched up seven nominations, and the sultry British singer earned an 8th mention for 'Send My Love (To your New Lover)'.
The controversial video for West's 'Famous' - which features portrayals of 12 nude celebrities including Swift sleeping next to the rapper - got two nominations, including the top award of video of the year. Swift and West have been publicly feuding for months about whether the pop star approved lyrics in which West boasts about making her famous.
Swift, 26, who has dominated music awards shows in the past five years, won four MTV music video prizes in 2015, including for the single 'Bad Blood' with Kendrick Lamar.
But this year she did not score any nominations despite releasing 'Out of the Woods' and 'New Romantics' in late 2015 and early 2016.
Video of the year pits Beyonce's politically-charged vidoe for 'Formation' against Adele's 'Hello' Canadian rapper Drake's 'Hotline Bling', Justin Bieber's 'Sorry' and West's 'Famous'.
Rihanna scored multiple nominations for her collaborations with DJ Calvin Harris on 'This is What You Came For', and with Drake on 'Work'.
David Bowie, who died unexpectedly in January of cancer days after releasing a new album, also made it onto the list with nominations for best direction, art, editing and cinematography for his singles 'Blackstar' and 'Lazarus'.
The MTV Video Music Awards, which have a reputation for irreverence and shock tactics, take place this year in New York on August 28 and will air live on MTV. The awards are voted on by fans, starting on Tuesday. A host for the 2016 show is yet to be announced.