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We’re just over a month away from what is bound to be the greatest award show of the year—The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards—and our excitement just hit another level. The VMA nominees were announced early this am via MTV’s Vine and Instagram pages, because clearly a press release is just so 2012, and pretty much all of our faves are in the running for at least one moon man.

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Keep scrolling to see what artists like Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Pink and more are up for, and keep checking back to MTV’s Instagram page all day to see all the noms in video form! So. Freakin. Cool.

Video of the Year
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Bruno Mars, “Locked out of Heaven”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop”
Robin Thicke, featuring T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Best Male Video
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Bruno Mars, “Locked out of Heaven”
Ed Sheeran, “Lego House”
Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools”

Best Female Video
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, “Stay”
Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me a Reason”
Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack”

Best Pop Video
Bruno Mars, “Locked out of Heaven”
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Fun., “Carry on”
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
Selena Gomez, “Come and Get It”

Artist to Watch, Presented by Taco Bell
Twenty One Pilots, “Holding on to You”
Zedd feat. Foxes, “Clarity”
Austin Mahone, “What About Love”
The Weeknd, “Wicked Games”
Iggy Azalea, “Work”

Best Collaboration
Justin Timberlake, feat. Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie”
Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera, “Feel This Moment”
Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding, “I Need Your Love”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me a Reason”

Best Video With a Social Message
Kelly Clarkson, “People Like Us”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Same Love”
Snoop Lion, “No Guns Allowed”
Miguel, “Candles in the Sun”
Beyoncé, “I Was Here”

Best Rock Video
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”
Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”
Thirty Seconds to Mars, “Up in the Air”
Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young”

Best Art Direction
Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”
Thirty Seconds to Mars, “Up in the Air”
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N”
Lana Del Rey, “National Anthem”
Alt-J, “Tesselate”

Best Choreography
Chris Brown, “Fine China”
Ciara, “Body Party”
Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull, “Live It Up”
will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber, “#thatPOWER”
Bruno Mars, “Treasure”

Best Cinematography
Thirty Seconds to Mars, “Up in the Air”
Lana Del Rey, “Ride”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
A-Trak & Tommy Trash, “Tuna Melt”

Best Direction
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege”
Fun., “Carry on”
Drake, “Started From the Bottom”

Best Editing
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me a Reason”
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch, “Sweet Nothing”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”

Best Visual Effects
Flying Lotus, “Tiny Tortures”
Skrillex feat. The Doors, “Breakin’ A Sweat”
The Weeknd, “Wicked Games”
Duck Sauce, “It’s You”
Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”

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Don’t forget, the VMAs air LIVE from Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center at 8pm on Sunday, August 25 on MTV! Who do you hope wins a moonman this year? Did any of these nominations surprise you? Tweet us @OKMagazine!

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