MTV Japan Unveils “MTV VMAJ 2014” Nominations

31 March 2014
MTV Japan today announced nominees, hosts and the first four performers to be featured at MTV Video Music Awards Japan (VMAJ) 2014, which is set to take place at Maihama Amphitheater in Chiba Prefecture on Saturday, 14 June. The highly anticipated awards show will broadcast live on MTV Japan on Saturday, 6pm (Tokyo time) and MTV Asia will run a same-day telecast of the show on 7pm (TH/WIB), 8pm (SIN/HK), 9pm (MAL). This will enable about 10 million households across MTV Japan and MTV Asia to watch one of Japan’s biggest nights in music on the same day. MTV VMAJ 2014 is expected to also telecast globally after the show across MTV’s global networks. Furthermore, this year’s VMAJ will be open to the global online community and streamed live throughout the main show at the show’s official website VMAJ.JP

Global megastar Beyoncé and Tokyo pop culture icon, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who won two awards at last year’s VMAJ, received three nominations each. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is also confirmed to perform, along with Berryz KOBO, E-girls and Daichi Miura. Additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date. The show will be hosted by the first combination of J-pop superstars Sayumi Michishige (MORNING MUSUME ’14), T.M.Revolution and w-inds.

Voting for all categories is also now available for worldwide audience at VMAJ.JP

Here are the nominees for MTV VMAJ 2014:

Best Male Video
> EXILE ATSUSHI “Blue Dragon” (Dir: Hiroaki Hobo)
> JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE “Take Back the Night” (Dir: Jeff Nicholas, Jonathan Craven, Darren Craig)
> MIYAVI “Horizon” (Dir: Kensaku Kakimoto)
> NAOTO INTI RAYMI “Koi Suru Kisetsu” (Dir: Satoshi Mori)
> ROBIN THICKE “Blurred Lines feat. T.I. & PHARRELL” (Dir: Diane Martel)

Best Female Video
> Namie Amuro “Ballerina” (Dir: YKBX)
> BEYONCÉ “Drunk in Love feat. JAY-Z” (Dir: Hype Williams)
> KATY PERRY “Roar” (Dir: Grady Hall & Mark Kudsi)
> MILEY CYRUS “We Can't Stop” (Dir: Diane Martel)
> Sheena Ringo “Les Couleurs Chantent” (Dir: Yuichi Kodama)

Best Group Video
> Ikimonogakari “Egao” (Dir: Takahiro Miki)
> Momoiro Clover Z “GOUNN” (Dir: Masatsugu Nagasoe)
> ONE DIRECTION “Story of My Life” (Dir: Ben Winston)
> J Soul Brothers III from EXILE TRIBE “SO RIGHT” (Dir: Shigeaki Kubo)
> THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS “Up in the Air” (Dir: Bartholomew Cubbins)

Best New Artist Video
> ARIANA GRANDE “Baby I” (Dir: Ryan Pallotta)
> KANA-BOON “Jyoushahissuinokotowari, Okotowari” (Dir: Santa Yamagishi)
> Rina Katahira “Onnanoko ha nakanai” (Dir: Qotori film inc.)
> LORDE “Royals” (Dir: Joel Kefali)
> THE STRYPES “Mystery Man” (Dir: Finn Keenan)

Best Video of the Year
> Namie Amuro “Ballerina” (Dir: YKBX)
> EXILE “EXILE PRIDE ~Konnasekaiwoaisurutame~” (Dir: Shigeaki Kubo)
> KATY PERRY “Roar” (Dir: Grady Hall & Mark Kudsi)
> LADY GAGA “Applause” (Dir: Inez & Vinoodh)
> Mr.Children “REM” (Dir: Shuichi Tan)

Best Rock Video
> ARCTIC MONKEYS “One for the Road” (Dir: Focus Creeps)
> ONE OK ROCK “Be the light” (Dir: Shoichi DAVID Haruyama)
> RADWIMPS “Last Virgin” (Dir: Hidenobu Tanabe)
> sakanaction “Goodbye” (Dir: Yukihiro Shoda)
> VAMPIRE WEEKEND “Diane Young” (Dir: Primo Kahn)

Best Pop Video
> GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE “HOT SHOT” (Dir: Shigeaki Kubo)
> ICONA POP “I Love it feat. CHARLI XCX” (Dir: Fredrik Etoall)
> Kyary Pamyu Pamyu “Mottai-Nightland” (Dir: Jun Tamukai)
> LADY GAGA “Applause” (Dir: Inez & Vinoodh)
> Kana Nishino “Believe” (Dir: Nobu Sueyoshi)

Best R&B Video
> BEYONCÉ “Drunk in Love feat. JAY-Z” (Dir: Hype Williams)
> Miliyah Kato “Lonely Hearts” (Dir: Takeshi Maruyama)
> Daichi Miura “I'm On Fire” (Dir: Shigeaki Kubo)
> PHARRELL WILLIAMS “Happy” (Dir: We Are From L.A.)
> THE WEEKND “Belong to the World” (Dir: Anthony Mandler)

Best Hip Hop Video
> EMINEM “Berzerk” (Dir: Syndrome)
> JAY-Z “Holy Grail feat. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE” (Dir: Anthony Mandler)
> MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS “Same Love” (Dir: Ryan Lewis & Jon Jon Augustavo)
> RIP SLYME “SLY” (Dir: Wataru Saito)
> SKY-HI “AI BLOOM” (Dir: Sou Ootsuki)

Best Reggae Video
> FIRE BALL “Everything's So Nice” (Dir: Masao)> lecca “Sky is the Limit feat.RHYMESTER” (Dir: tatsuaki)
> SEAN PAUL “Turn it Up” (Dir: Juwan Lee)
> SNOOP LION “Ashtrays & Heartbreaks feat. MILEY CYRUS” (Dir: P.R. Brown)
> WAKADANNA “LIFE IS MOUNTAIN” (Dir: Yasuhiro Wada)

Best Dance Video
> AVICII “Wake Me Up” (Dir: Mark Seliger)
> DAFT PUNK “Lose Yourself to Dance feat. PHARRELL WILLIAMS & NILE RODGERS” (Dir: Daft Punk, Paul Hahn, Warren Fu & Cedric Hervet)
> DISCLOSURE “F for You” (Dir: Ben Murray & Ross McDowell)
> Perfume “Magic of Love” (Dir: Kazuaki Seki)
> tofubeats “No.1 feat. G.RINA” (Dir: Takuya Hosogane+Shunsuke Sugiyama)

Best Video from a Film
> BUMP OF CHICKEN “Niji Wo Matsu Hito” from “GATCHAMAN” (Dir: Shuichi Banba)
> Gen Hoshino “Why don't you play in hell?” from “Why don't you play in hell?” (Dir: Naoyuki Asano & Gen Hoshino)
> METALLICA “Master of Puppets” from “METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER” (Dir: Graham Stumpf)
> 2 CHAINZ and WIZ KHALIFA “We Own It (Fast & Furious)” from “FAST & FURIOUS 6” (Dir: Justin Lin)
> WILL.I.AM “Bang Bang” from “THE GREAT GATSBY” (Dir: Ben Mor)

Best Collaboration Video
> JENNIFER LOPEZ “Live it Up feat. PITBULL” (Dir: Jessy Terrero)
> MAN WITH A MISSION “database feat. TAKUMA (10-FEET)” (Dir: maxilla)
> ROBIN THICKE “Blurred Lines feat. T.I. & PHARRELL” (Dir: Diane Martel)
> SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS AND RINGO SHEENA “THE ASSASSIN'S ASSASSIN” (Dir: Yuichi Kodama)
> T.M.Revolution × Nana Mizuki “Preserved Roses” (Dir: Ippei Morita)

Best Album of the Year
> BEYONCÉ “BEYONCÉ”
> DAFT PUNK “RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES”
> Kyary Pamyu Pamyu “Nanda Collection”
> Maximum The Hormone “Yoshu Fukushu”
> J Soul Brothers III from EXILE TRIBE “BLUE IMPACT”

Best Karaokee! Song
> AVRIL LAVIGNE “Rock N Roll” (Dir: Chris Marrs)
> KERAKERA “Star Loveration” (Dir: Choku)
> Kyary Pamyu Pamyu “Mottai-Nightland” (Dir: Jun Tamukai)
> ONE DIRECTION “Story of My Life” (Dir: Ben Winston)
> SEKAI NO OWARI “RPG” (Jun Tamukai)

Best Choreography
> AKB48 “Koisuru fortune cookie” (Dir: Kosai Sekine)
> E-girls “GOMENNASAI no Kissing You” (Dir: Shigeaki Kubo)
> Ayame Goriki “Tomodachiyori daijinahito” (Dir: Wataru Saito)
> JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE “Take Back the Night” (Dir: Jeff Nicholas, Jonathan Craven, Darren Craig)
> SARA BAREILLES “Brave” (Dir: Rashida Jones)

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