Humble, whose striking visual has tallied more than 250 million views on YouTube since late March, also picked up nods for best hip-hop video, cinematography, direction, art direction, visual effects and choreography.

Katy Perry and the Weeknd followed Lamar in this year’s nominations with five each. New this year to the VMAs is no award for best male and female video, instead combining the two into artist of the year. Also new is the best fight against the system category, which has been added to honor videos that inspire people to fight injustice.

The MTV VMAs will air live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Aug. 27 (8 p.m. ET/PT), after being held at New York’s Madison Square Garden last year.

The nominations:

Video of the year

Kendrick Lamar, Humble

Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

Alessia Cara, Scars to Your Beautiful

DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller), Wild Thoughts

The Weeknd, Reminder

Artist of the year

Bruno Mars

Kendrick Lamar

Ed Sheeran

Ariana Grande

The Weeknd


Best new artist


Kodak Black


Young M.A

Julia Michaels

Noah Cyrus

Best collaboration

Charlie Puth (feat. Selena Gomez), We Don’t Talk Anymore

DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller), Wild Thoughts

D.R.A.M. (feat. Lil Yachty), Broccoli 

The Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey), Closer

Calvin Harris (feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean), Feels

Zayn and Taylor Swift, I Don’t Wanna Live Forever 

Best pop

Shawn Mendes, Treat You Better

Ed Sheeran, Shape of You

Harry Styles, Sign of the Times

Fifth Harmony (feat. Gucci Mane), Down

Katy Perry (feat. Skip Marley), Chained to the Rhythm

Miley Cyrus, Malibu 

Best hip hop

Kendrick Lamar, Humble

Big Sean, Bounce Back

Chance the Rapper, Same Drugs

D.R.A.M. (feat. Lil Yachty), Broccoli

Migos (feat. Lil Uzi Vert), Bad and Boujee

DJ Khaled (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne), I’m the One

Best dance

Zedd and Alessia Cara, Stay

Kygo and Selena Gomez, It Ain’t Me

Calvin Harris, My Way

Major Lazer (feat. Justin Bieber and MØ), Cold Water

Afrojack (feat. Ty Dolla $ign), Gone

Best rock

Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams

Fall Out Boy, Young and Menace

Twenty One Pilots, Heavydirtysoul

Green Day, Bang Bang 

Foo Fighters, Run

Best fight against the system

Logic (feat. Damian Lemar Hudson), Black SpiderMan

The Hamilton Mixtape, Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)

Big Sean, Light

Alessia Cara, Scars to Your Beautiful

Taboo (feat. Shailene Woodley), Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL

John Legend, Surefire