Get a look at the lineup—and grab some new workout songs—with top contenders at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
If you're music fan, MTV's annual Video Music Awards (airing August 30th at 9/8c) are a must-see event. Even if you're not a fan, this year's broadcast might be worth a look, as it marks Miley Cyrus' return to the show—this time as host—following her much-discussed twerk extravaganza from 2013. In this playlist, we've tried to highlight a few of the folks vying for Moonmen this year.
Taylor Swift leads the pack with ten nominations, followed by Ed Sheeran (six nominations) and Kendrick Lamar (four nominations). During the ceremony, Walk the Moon will perform their smash hit "Shut Up and Dance" and The Weeknd will give "Can't Feel My Face" its live television debut. Elsewhere in the playlist, you'll find a pair of tracks from Sia and Beyoncé that actively push pop music into wilder territory.
The VMAs are consistently entertaining and usually provide plenty to discuss with your friends and co-workers the next day. Better yet, the provide a rollicking recap of what's happening in music right now. The aim of this playlist is to do the same—on a smaller scale. To that end, the list below includes the fastest songs in competition, organized by the category in which those tracks were nominated. Here's the full list...
Video of the Year
Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar - Bad Blood - 85 BPM
Best Male Video
Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk - 116 BPM
Best Female Video
Sia - Elastic Heart - 131 BPM
Best Visual Effects
Skrillex, Diplo & Justin Bieber - Where Are U Now - 140 BPM
Best Hip Hop Video
Nicki Minaj - Anaconda - 130 BPM
Best Pop Video
Maroon 5 - Sugar - 121 BPM
Best Rock Video
Walk the Moon - Shut Up and Dance - 128 BPM
Beyoncé - 7/11 - 136 BPM
Song of the Summer
The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face - 108 BPM
Ed Sheeran - Don't - 95 BPM
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