While many would say that it’s been the year of Taylor Swift, she’s getting no love from MTV: the pop singer was completely ignored by the nominating committee of the MTV Video Music Awards, which revealed its picks Tuesday.
It’s a stark departure from last year, when Swift received a total of 10 nominations. Her video, “Out of the Woods,” was released in December 2015, making it eligible for consideration. What did receive a nomination? Kanye West’s Swift-bashing, infamous “Famous,” a move that we’re sure has to sting.
The Kanye West/Taylor Swift feud is now a natural, known factor on the celebrity gossip scene, but it in fact originated at the VMAs, back in 2009. West expressed outrage that Swift had won over Beyoncé, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Competing with West for Video of the Year will be “Hello” by Adele, “Formation” by Beyoncé, “Hotline Bling” by Drake and “Sorry” by Justin Bieber.
Another nomination that indicates we won’t be seeing Swift at this year’s ceremony, on Aug. 28, is Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For,” up for Best Male Video. If any such refresher is needed, Swift and Harris called it quits earlier this summer after 15 months of dating — Swift emerged with actor Tom Hiddleston soon after. It was then revealed that Swift had ghost-written the lyrics for “This Is What You Came for,” which led to a Twitter rant by Harris, which was followed by a Kim Kardashian Snapchat takedown of Swift. But of course!
This year marks the first time the VMAs will happen live at Madison Square Garden.
Other nominations include Bryson Tiller, Desiigner, Zara Larsson, Lukas Graham and DNCE for Best New Artist; Adele, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande and Rihanna ft. Drake for Best Female Video, and The Weeknd, Kanye West, Bryson Tiller, Drake and Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna for Best Male Video.