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KENDRICK LAMAR TO PERFORM AT THE 2017 "VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS" AIRING AUG. 27 ON MTV
<B>KENDRICK LAMAR TO PERFORM  AT THE 2017 "VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS" AIRING AUG. 27 ON MTV</B>
TOP VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE KENDRICK LAMAR TO PERFORM ON THE VMAs AUG. 27 AT 8 PM ET/PT ON MTV.
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
N2Entertainment.net

Platinum-selling, Grammy-award winning, Top Dawg Entertainment recording artist Kendrick Lamar, will take the Video Music Awards (VMAs) stage for the first time as a solo headline performer. The "VMAs" will air live on MTV from the "Fabulous Forum” in Inglewood, CA, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m.
ET/PT.


Lamar joins an extensive line-up of A-list performers for the show, including: Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd and more, promising more music and unpredictable moments than ever before.

Lamar, a native of Compton, California, has captivated audiences and fans with his trailblazing talent and prowess as a rapper, artist and storyteller.

His rise to super-stardom was further cemented by his preeminent, fourth studio album “DAMN.,” which sold 603,300 copies in its first week, shot to number one on the Billboard 200 where it remained for four consecutive weeks, and is the highest selling album of 2017.

Additionally, Lamar is this year's top VMA nominee with nods in eight categories including: Artist of the Year, Video of the Year, Best Hip Hop, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, and Best Choreography.

Lamar is one of the rare artists who has achieved critical and commercial success while earning the respect and support of those who inspired him. He first stepped on the scene with “The Kendrick Lamar EP” (2009) and quickly followed it with “Overly Dedicated” (2010). “Section.80 (2011)” was released as a digital download and entered the Billboard 200 at number 113.

In 2011, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg dubbed Lamar "The New King of the West Coast," a notion Dre endorsed more significantly by signing Lamar to the Aftermath label.

In 2012, Lamar's debut album “good kid, m.A.A.d city” was released and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. That year for the "56th Annual Grammy Awards," Kendrick was nominated in seven categories including Best New Artist and Album of the Year.

In 2015, Kendrick released his third album, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” which immediately earned rave reviews and topped the Billboard 200 with sales of 325,000 copies within its first week. The album garnered Kendrick seven Grammy nominations, and he took home the award for Best Rap Album.

Fans can vote for their favorites across eight VMA categories, including: "Video of the Year," "Artist of the Year," "Best Collaboration" and more by visiting www.vma.mtv.com.

Additionally, voting for the "Best New Artist" award, will remain live through the 2017 "MTV Video Music Awards" Pre-Show airing at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The top two artists will be revealed during the pre-show, kicking off a live Twitter hashtag vote with the winner being announced during the live main telecast.

Nominees for the socially voted category, "Best Song of Summer," will be announced at a later date.

HERE IS THE COMPLETE LIST OF THIS YEAR'S VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
The Weeknd – “Reminder"

ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Bruno Mars
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Ariana Grande
The Weeknd
Lorde.

BEST NEW ARTIST:
Khalid
Kodak Black
SZA
Young M.A
Julia Michaels
Noah Cyrus.

BEST COLLABORATION:
Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels”
Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”.

BEST POP:
Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
Ed Sheeran – “Shape Of You”
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times”
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”
Miley Cyrus – “Malibu”.

BEST HIP HOP:
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs”
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee”
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One”.

BEST DANCE:
Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay”
Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”
Calvin Harris – “My Way”
Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”
Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone”

BEST ROCK:
Coldplay – “A Head Full Of Dreams”
Fall Out Boy – “Young And Menace”
Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”
Green Day – “Bang Bang”
Foo Fighters – “Run”

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM:
Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan”
The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”
Big Sean – “Light”
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”
John Legend – “Surefire”.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (Cinematographer: Scott Cunningham)
Imagine Dragons – “Thunder” (Cinematographer: Matthew Wise)
Ed Sheeran – “Castle On The Hill” (Cinematographer: Steve Annis)
DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – “Nobody Speak” (Cinematographer: David Procter)
Halsey – “Now Or Never” (Cinematographer: Kristof Brandl).

BEST DIRECTION:
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (Directors: Dave Meyers, The Little Homies)
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Director: Mathew Cullen)
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Directors: Cameron Duddy, Bruno Mars)
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Director: Aaron A)
The Weeknd – “Reminder” (Director: Glenn Michael).

BEST ART DIRECTION:
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (Production Designer: Spencer Graves)
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Production Designer: Alex Delgado)
Katy Perry ft. Migos – “Bon Appetit” (Production Designer: Natalie Groce)
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Production Designer: Damian Fyffe)
The Weeknd – “Reminder” (Production Designers: Lamar C Taylor, Christo Anesti).

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)
A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation” (Company: Bemo/Lead: Brandon Hirzel)
KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy” (Company: Gloria FX/Leads: Max Colt & Tomash Kuzmytskyi)
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Company: MIRADA)
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Company: ONE MORE/Lead: Cédric Nivoliez).

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY:
Kanye West – “Fade” (Choreographers: Teyana Taylor & Guapo)
Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side To Side” (Choreographers: Brian & Scott Nicholson)
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (Choreographer: Dave Meyers)
Sia – “The Greatest” (Choreographer: Ryan Heffington)
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Choreographer: Sean Bankhead).

BEST EDITING:
Future – “Mask Off” (Editor: Vinnie Hobbs of VHPost)
Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean” (Editors: Ryan Staake, Eric Degliomini)
Lorde – “Green Light” (Editor: Nate Gross of Exile Edit)
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Editor: Jennifer Kennedy)
The Weeknd – “Reminder” (Editor: Red Barbaza).

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from The Fabulous Forum on Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Log on to www.mtv.com to vote now.

Editor’s Note: Some information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.