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Here are all the 2015 MTV EMA nominees

2015-09-15 16:00

Cape Town - The nominees in all 2015 MTV EMA categories have just been announced via MTV’s international Snapchat Discover channel and the voting race is on!

Taylor Swift is leading the way with a record-breaking nine nominations, including three nods to her global smash hit Bad Blood for Best Song and Best Video, as well as brand new category Best Collaboration for her alliance with Kendrick Lamar.

The 2015 MTV EMA will broadcast live across Africa on Sunday 25 October at 22:00 CAT on MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) from the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, in partnership with Expo 2015. Smirnoff is the official South African sponsor of the 2015 MTV EMA.

Man of the moment Justin Bieber is up for no less than six MTV EMAs, boosted by the global success of his current chart-topping track What Do You Mean? The 2015 MTV EMA will also see 2014 host Nicki Minaj and 2015 MTV VMA host Miley Cyrus face off in the Best Female category, and the world’s greatest boy bands One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer go head-to-head for both Best Pop and Biggest Fans.

Voting is now open for all categories at, including the Best African Act category, for which wildcard nominee DJ Arafat has been chosen by fans via social vote.

Social voting in the highly prized Biggest Fans category also went live today. Fandom groups now have the power to vote for their favourite artists via Twitter, Instagram and Vine using the hashtag #EMABiggestFans along with the artists’ names. Here are the official hashtags:

• #EMABiggestFans5SOS
• #EMABiggestFansJustinBieber
• #EMABiggestFansKatyPerry
• #EMABiggestFans1D
• #EMABiggestFansTaylorSwift

Voting for the 2015 MTV EMA is open until 24 October at 23:59 CAT so visit to cast your vote!

Justin Bieber. (AP)

Here are all the nominees:

Best Song
Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”
Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MØ – “Lean On”
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk!”
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – “See You Again”

Best Pop
5 Seconds of Summer   
Ariana Grande    
Justin Bieber   
One Direction   
Taylor Swift    

Best Female
Ellie Goulding   
Miley Cyrus   
Nicki Minaj   
Taylor Swift  

Best Male
Ed Sheeran   
Jason Derulo   
Justin Bieber   
Kanye West   
Pharrell Williams   

Best African Act
Diamond Platnumz
DJ Arafat
Yemi Alade

Best Live Act
Ed Sheeran
Foo Fighters
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett
Taylor Swift

Best New Act
James Bay   
Jess Glynne   
Shawn Mendes   
Tori Kelly  

Best Video
Kendrick Lamar - “Alright”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Downtown”
Pharrell Williams – “Freedom”
Sia – “Elastic Heart”
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”

Best Rock
Foo Fighters   
Royal Blood   

Best Alternative
Fall Out Boy   
Florence + the Machine  
Lana Del Rey    
Twenty One Pilots  

Best Hip Hop
Kanye West   
Kendrick Lamar   
Nicki Minaj   
Wiz Khalifa    

Best Electronic
Calvin Harris   
David Guetta   
Major Lazer   
Martin Garrix  
Best Push
James Bay   
Jess Glynne   
Natalie La Rose   
Royal Blood   
Shawn Mendes   
Tori Kelly   
Years & Years   
Zara Larsson  

Best Collaboration
David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rhexa & Afrojack – “Hey Mama”
Justin Bieber, Skrillex, Diplo – “Where Are You Now?”
Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk!”
Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth – “See You Again”

Biggest Fans
5 Seconds of Summer  
Justin Bieber   
Katy Perry   
One Direction   
Taylor Swift   

Best Look
Justin Bieber   
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis  
Nicki Minaj   
Rita Ora    
Taylor Swift   

Best World Stage
Afrojack - Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland UK 2014
Alicia Keys - O2 Academy Glasgow, Scotland UK 2014
B.O.B. - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2014
Biffy Clyro - O2 Academy Glasgow, Scotland UK 2014
Charli XCX - Circus, Helsinki, Finland 2014
Dizzee Rascal - Isle of MTV, Malta 2014
Ed Sheeran - V Festival, Hylands Park, UK 2014
Iggy Azalea - Wireless Festival, London, UK 2014
Jason Derulo - Isle of MTV, Malta 2015
Jessie Ware - Cork, Ireland 2014
Kaiser Chiefs - MTV Crashes Plymouth, UK 2014
Slash - O2 Academy Glasgow, Scotland UK 2014
Tomorrowland - Belgium & Brazil 2015
YG - MTV Evolution, Manila, Philippines 2015

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