Jul 262016
 

David Bowie added four more posthumous award nominations to his tally today, this time for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV networks revealed today during its Facebook Live broadcast.

Bowie was recognized in four professional categories for two music videos. His video “Blackstar” was nominated for Best Art Direction, and “Lazarus” secured nods for Best Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. If there is any justice in the world, certainly it demands the Man Who Fell To Earth take home all of the MoonMen offered him.

Both songs are featured on Bowie’s 25th studio album, Blackstar, which was released on his birthday, January 8. Two days after it dropped, the music superstar passed away at age 69 following an 18-month battle with cancer. The artist’s longtime producer and friend Tony Visconti later revealed in a Facebook post that Bowie planned the final album as his swan song and “parting gift” to the world.

The “Lazarus” video dropped on January 7 and some rather astute fans interpreted the ominous video as a nod and a hint to Bowie’s long rumored health issues and part of his artistic vision around his passing. The video features Bowie strapped to a hospital bed, writhing around, with bandages wrapped around his head and buttons attached where his eyes would be. At the end of the dark, eerie video, he walks into a dark wardrobe.

Another short film, the haunting and puzzling ★, released in November 2015, also prominently featured the visual of Bowie’s bandaged eyes in his role as a blind prophet stuck in a cell with several others.

The VMA nominations are the latest in a long string of posthumous awards Bowie’s been nominated for. Undoubtedly, they will not be the last. If YGiM had her say, she feels that she can objectively state that her Starman would win every music award that exists henceforth, forever. The music icon competed for Top Rock Album at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards for ★, losing to Twenty One Pilots Blurryface. ★ is also eligible to be considered for the Grammy Awards in 2017, since the qualifying period began in October 2015.

Check out the full list of nominees below, and vote for your favorites at vma.mtv.com. Tune in to MTV on Sunday, August 28, at 9 p.m. ET to watch the wins at NYC’s Madison Square Garden.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Adele – “Hello”
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
Kanye West – “Famous”
BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Adele – “Hello”
Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
Sia – “Cheap Thrills”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” (short version)
BEST MALE VIDEO
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
Kanye West – “Famous”
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
BEST NEW ARTIST
Bryson Tiller
Desiigner
Zara Larsson
Lukas Graham
DNCE
BEST POP VIDEO
Adele – “Hello”
Beyoncé –Formation
Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
Alessia Cara – “Wild Things”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Desiigner – “Panda”
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Chance The Rapper ft. Saba – “Angels”
2 Chainz – “Watch Out”
BEST ART DIRECTION
Beyoncé – “Hold Up”

Fergie – “M.I.L.F. $”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”

David Bowie – “Blackstar”
Adele – “Hello”
BEST EDITING
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Adele – “Hello”
Fergie – “M.I.L.F. $”
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
BREAKTHROUGH LONG FORM VID
Florence + The Machine – The Odyssey
Beyoncé – Lemonade
Justin Bieber – PURPOSE: The Movement

Chris Brown – Royalty
Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy
BEST DIRECTION
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Coldplay – “Up&Up”
Adele – “Hello”
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Tame Impala – “The Less I Know the Better”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Adele – “Hello”
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Alesso – “I Wanna Know”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Coldplay – “Up&Up”
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X”
Adele – “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)”
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
Zayn – “PILLOWTALK”
BEST COLLABORATION
Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom”
Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Work From Home”
Ariana Grande ft. Lil Wayne – “Let Me Love You”
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” (short version)
BEST ELECTRONIC VIDEO
Calvin Harris & Disciples – “How Deep Is Your Love”
99 Souls ft. Destiny’s Child & Brandy – “The Girl Is Mine”

Mike Posner – “I Took a Pill in Ibiza”
Afrojack – “SummerThing!”
The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
BEST ROCK VIDEO
All Time Low – “Missing You”
Coldplay – “Adventure of A Lifetime”
Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato – “Irresistible”
twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
Panic! At The Disco – “Victorious”
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell – “WTF (Where They From)”
Beyoncé – “Sorry”
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X”
Florence + The Machine – “Delilah”