2013 Hip-Hop VMA Nominations: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Lead With Six

It’s official, nominations have been announced for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are leading the pack, with six nods for three singles from their debut album The Heist. Other hip-hop nominees include Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Drake and A$AP Rocky who are all up for Best Hip Hop Video of the year.

The industry’s indie darlings, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will make a strong debut at the VMAs this year with six nominations in categories that include Best Hip Hop Video for “Can’t Hold Us,” Video of the Year for “Thrift Shop,” and Best Video With A Social Message for “Same Love.” Needless to say, Macklemore is pretty excited…

See the other hip-hop nominees below:

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

Best Hip Hop Video
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
» Drake, “Started From The Bottom”
» Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools”
» A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, “F–kin’ Problems”
» J. Cole feat. Miguel, “Power Trip”

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”

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 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 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 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 Visual Effects
» Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”
» Duck Sauce, “It’s You”
» Flying Lotus, “Tony Tortures”
» Skrillex feat. the Doors “Breakn’ a Sweat”
» The Weeknd “Wicked Games”