Beyonce leads MTV Video Music Awards with 8 nods

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NEW YORK (AP) — Doing a visual album has paid off for Beyonce: She's the leading nominee at the MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV announced Thursday that Beyonce is up for eight moonman trophies, including video of the year for "Drunk in Love." Iggy Azalea and Eminem are nominated for seven awards each.

Pharrell is the only male nominated for the top prize. Along with Beyonce, his "Happy" will compete with Azalea's "Fancy," Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" and Sia's "Chandelier" for video of the year.

Azalea is nominated twice for best pop video and female video, thanks to her other hit, the Ariana Grande-led smash "Problem."

The VMAs will air live Aug. 24 from The Forum in Inglewood, California. Performers include Grande, Usher and 5 Seconds of Summer.

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