Justin Timberlake leads MTV Video Music Awards nominations

Pop star JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE has sealed his triumphant return to the charts by picking up six nominations for this year's (13) MTV Video Music Awards.

The Cry Me A River hitmaker began his stellar comeback earlier this year (13) with the release of The 20/20 Experience, his first studio album in seven years, and the record has now garnered him a pile of nods for the annual MTV prizegiving.

Timberlake is up for the coveted Video of the Year trophy, as well as Best Male Video, Best Pop Video and Best Editing for Mirrors, while his collaboration with rapper Jay-Z, Suit & Tie, is also up for Best Collaboration and Best Direction.

The singer's main rivals at the ceremony are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who have also picked up six nods, including Video of the Year for Thrift Shop, Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Cinematography, Best Direction and Best Editing for Can't Hold Us, as well as Best Video with a Social Message.

Other acts to land nods include Bruno Mars, who is up for four awards, while Pink, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and 30 Seconds To Mars have all been nominated in three categories.

The star-studded ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on 25 August (13).

The list of main nominees is as follows:

Video of The Year:

Justin Timberlake, Mirrors

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, Thrift Shop

Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven

Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines

Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble

Best Hip-Hop Video:

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, Can't Hold Us

Drake, Started From The Bottom

Kendrick Lamar, Swimming Pools

A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar, F**kin Problems

J. Cole featuring Miguel, Power Trip

Best Male Video:

Justin Timberlake, Mirrors

Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines

Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven

Ed Sheeran, Lego House

Kendrick Lamar, Swimming Pools

Best Female Video:

Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko, Stay

Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble

Miley Cyrus, We Can't Stop

Pink featuring 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

Best Collaboration:

Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z, Suit & Tie

Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera, Feel This Moment

Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding, I Need Your Love

Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines

Pink featuring 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

Beyonce, 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

30 Seconds To Mars, Up In The Air

Vampire Weekend, Diane Young.

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