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The 2016 VMA Nominations Are Here and Boring AF

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The 2016 VMA Nominations Are Here and Boring AF

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Wouldn’t it be nice if money and penetration power by way of big business didn’t dictate an artist’s success? Alas the dream of making it big as rising talent and being recognized for your lower level feats is a fantasy few individuals make a reality.

Like with previous years, the 2016 VMA nominations are expectedly snoozy, awarding the work of videos we’ve all been exposed to an insufferable amount of times, forced to tolerate since the day they dropped. Of course, there are a few select standouts worthy of nomination, but the majority is boring AF—celebrating mediocrity and the impact of an insanely large budget.

Here’s the official roster and BULLETT‘s particularly valuable opinion per category. (But like with Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton, in some cases we were forced to choose the best of only shitty potentials):


Video of the Year

Adele – “Hello”
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
Kanye West – “Famous”

BULLETT‘s Vote: Kanye West – “Famous”


Best Female Video

Adele – “Hello”
Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
Sia – “Cheap Thrills”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Rihanna [ft. Drake] – “Work” (short version)

BULLETT‘s Vote: Beyoncé – “Hold Up”


Best Male Video

Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Calvin Harris [ft. Rihanna] – “This Is What You Came For”
Kanye West – “Famous”
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

BULLETT‘s Vote: Kanye West – “Famous”


Best Collaboration

Beyoncé [ft. Kendrick Lamar] – “Freedom”
Fifth Harmony [ft. Ty Dolla $ign] – “Work From Home”
Ariana Grande [ft. Lil Wayne] – “Let Me Love You”
Calvin Harris [ft. Rihanna] – “This Is What You Came For”
Rihanna [ft. Drake] – “Work” (short version)

BULLETT‘s Vote: Beyoncé [ft. Kendrick Lamar] – “Freedom”


Best Hip-Hop Video

Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Desiigner – “Panda”
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Chance the Rapper – “Angels”
2 Chainz – “Watch Out”

BULLETT‘s Vote: Beyoncé [ft. Kendrick Lamar] – “Freedom”


Best Pop Video

Adele – “Hello”
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
Alessia Cara – “Wild Things”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”

BULLETT‘s Vote: Beyoncé – “Formation”


Best Rock Video

All Time Low – “Missing You”
Coldplay – “Adventure of a Lifetime”
Fall Out Boy [ft. Demi Lovato] – “Irresistable”
twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
Panic! At the Disco – “Victorious”

BULLETT‘s Vote: Coldplay – “Adventure of a Lifetime”


Best Electronic Video

Calvin Harris & Disciples – “How Deep Is Your Love”
99 Souls [ft. Destiny’s Child & Brandy] – “The Girl Is Mine”
Mike Posner – “I Took a Pill in Ibiza”
Afrojack – “SummerThing!”
The Chainsmokers [ft. Daya] – “Don’t Let Me Down”

BULLETT‘s Vote: 99 Souls [ft. Destiny’s Child & Brandy] – “The Girl Is Mine”


Breakthrough Long Form Video

Florence and the Machine – The Odyssey
Beyoncé – Lemonade
Justin Bieber – PURPOSE: The Movement
Chris Brown – Royalty
Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy

BULLETT‘s Vote: Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy


Best New Artist

Bryson Tiller
Desiigner
DNCE
Zara Larsson
Lukas Graham

BULLETT‘s Vote: Desiigner


Best Art Direction

Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
Fergie – “M.I.L.F.$”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
David Bowie – “Blackstar”
Adele – “Hello”

BULLETT‘s Vote: Drake – “Hotline Bling”


Best Choreography

Beyoncé – “Formation”
Missy Elliott [ft. Pharrell] – “WTF (Where They From)”
Beyoncé – “Sorry”
FKA twigs – “M3LL155X”
Florence and the Machine – “Delilah”

BULLETT‘s Vote: FKA twigs – “M3LL155X”


Best Direction

Beyoncé – “Formation”
Coldplay – “Up&Up”
Adele – “Hello”
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Tame Impala – “The Less I Know the Better”

BULLETT‘s Vote: Beyoncé – “Formation”


Best Cinematography

Beyoncé – “Formation”
Adele – “Hello”
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Alesso – “I Wanna Know”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”

BULLETT‘s Vote: Beyoncé – “Formation”


Best Editing

Beyoncé – “Formation”
Adele – “Hello”
Fergie – “M.I.L.F.$”
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Ariana Grande- “Into You”

BULLETT‘s Vote: Fergie – “M.I.L.F.$”


Best Visual Effects

Coldplay – “Up&Up”
FKA twigs – “M3LL155X”
Adele – “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
Zayn – “PILLOWTALK”

BULLETT‘s Vote: FKA twigs – “M3LL155X”