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MTV announced the nominees for the 2016 Video Music Awards on Facebook Live this week. In MTV fashion, this year’s installment of the awards show will surely be filled with buzz and suspense.

Beyonce and her album Lemonade lead the pack with 11 nominations which is the most she’s had at any single VMA yet. Adele followed behind with eight nominations. And the show’s famous Video of the Year category is truly stacked, pitting Adele’s “Hello,” Beyoncé’s “Formation,” Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” and Kanye West’s “Famous” against each other.

Given the changing mediums of music distribution, MTV has introduced a new category in 2016: Breakthrough Long Form Video. This year’s nominees for the award are Florence + the Machine (The Odyssey), Beyoncé (Lemonade), Justin Bieber (PURPOSE: The Movement), Chris Brown (Royalty), and Troye Sivan (Blue Neighborhood Trilogy).

Elsewhere, Bryson Tiller, Desiigner, Zara Larsson, Lukas Graham, and DNCE are all contenders for Best New Artist. All Time Low, Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, and Panic! At The Disco will compete for Best Rock Video, while Calvin Harris, 99 Souls, Mike Posner, Afrojack, and the Chainsmokers will face off for Best Electronic Video.

Surprisingly, Taylor Swift did not receive any nominations for this year. Nick Jonas was also snubbed, however his brother Joe Jonas’ band DNCE got a nomination.

The 2015 VMAs took the internet by storm, with host Miley Cyrus feuding with Nicki Minaj during the broadcast, West promising a 2020 presidential run, and Cyrus dropping a surprise album at the show’s conclusion. This year will be no exception.

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from NYC’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday, August 29th at 9 p.m., EST. Check out the full video to see all the nominees for this year.

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