Music Justin Timberlake got 6 VMA nominations this year.

Justin Timberlake got 6 VMA nominations this year.

MTV announces its 2013 VMA nominations

Published on July 17th, 2013 | by USA Today

Nominations for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards are in, and — surprise! — Justin Timberlake got a bunch. Six, to be exact, including video of the year, for Mirrors.

Timberlake’s rivals in that top category include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Thrift Shop, featuring Wanz), who also received six nods, and Bruno Mars (Locked Out of Heaven), who collected four, the second most of any artist.

Robin Thicke (Blurred Lines, featuring T.I. and Pharrell), who received three nominations — the same number as Pink, Miley Cyrus and 30 Seconds to Mars — and Taylor Swift (I Knew You Were In Trouble) round out the field. Swift was tapped twice, as were Drake, fun., Calvin Harris, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and first-time nominees Kendrick Lamar and Lana Del Rey.

Contenders for best video with a social message, a category introduced in 2011, include Kelly Clarkson’sPeople Like Us, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s Same Love, Snoop Lion’s No Guns Allowed, Miguel’sCandles in the Sun and Beyoncé’s I Was Here.

Fans can now vote in general categories, among them video of the year and artist to watch, at the VMAs site or by texting VOTE to 22444. Nominees for an additional new, socially voted category, best song of the summer, will be announced Aug. 12.

The VMAs will air live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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