Beyonce on Tuesday led nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards as she basked in acclaim for her film-album “Lemonade.” The pop diva was in the running for 11 awards at MTV’s annual extravaganza, which will take place August 28 in New York’s Madison Square Garden, a shift from the more common venue in Los Angeles.
Adele came in second with eight nominations. All but seven were for the chart-topping English balladeer’s “Hello,” which with more than 1.6 billion views is the fifth most watched video ever on YouTube. “Hello,” filmed by the Canadian director Xavier Dolan, shows Adele on the phone with a younger version of herself and was the first music video created for the high-resolution IMAX format.
“Hello” was in the running for Video of the Year against Beyonce’s “Formation,” the most overtly political work of the pop diva’s career as she aligned herself with the Black Lives Matter protest movement.
Also in the running for the top prize were two videos dominated by dancing — rapper Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and pop celebrity Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.” Bieber’s “Sorry” is the sixth most watched video ever on YouTube, closely trailing Adele’s “Hello,” which was released on the same day last year.