Jay Z, Macklemore Lead List of Rap Nominees At MTV Video Music Awards

Kanye West and T.I. will headline this month's show performances with recently-released material.

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York usually plays host to the home games of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, but on August 25, the passes with be of microphones and astronaut awards at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA's) show.

Brooklyn will not just be the setting for the show, but will thoroughly represented inside, as hometown hero Jay Z is up for a nomination for his collaboration alongside Justin Timberlake on their video single, “Suit & Tie.” Another superstar at the show will be Jay Z’s onetime protege and Watch The Throne collaborator Kanye West, who will be performing for a record-tying seventh time.

There will be a host of other Hip Hop artists alongside Kanye getting on in the action, including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for their hit song “Can’t Hold Us,” Drake for “Started From The Bottom,” and J. Cole for “Power Trip,” which are all in the running for Best Hip Hop Video. This trio is up against A$AP Rocky's "F--kin' Problems" posse cut, which includes Kendrick Lamar, also up for his own "Swimming Pools (Drank)."

The Rap/R&B genre also has a strong chance to bring home Video Of The Year, as Macklemore's "Thrift Shop," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (with T.I. & Pharrell), compete against Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake vids in that category.

For a list of more nominees and a breakdown of each artist’s place in the awards race, visit Pepsi Pulse.

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  • Anonymous

    Jay Z a fucking corporate sell out ass snake nigga. Just saying

  • Rick Ross

    I don't like the buffet spreads at MTV. Think I'll pass the awards show this year. They hate on me anyway. Probably cause my last three albums have sold more than Thriller.

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  • Anonymous

    Macklemore teaching kids about real hip hop!!! A true child of god! Not like satanic lucifarian jay z!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      He's also teaching kids how to get drunk and still walk a straight line.

    • Anonymous

      co-sign this times a million. its true. macklemore isnt the best lyricist but he got a positive message and is not working for the ..................

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  • Lori W. Hughes

    my neighbors mother makes $67 every hour on the laptop. She has been without a job for 10 months but last month her income was $19760 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Heres the site to read more... www.Can99.com To be that cool with each after all these years in the game is amazing. That's brotherhood.

  • Youngindy21

    You mean the White rapper that raps about the Gays leads the list of rap nominees at the MTV music awards. I am shocked. (Sarcasm)

  • Charlie

    Wow Seriously Macklemore and drake? I think i'm going to kill myself.

  • dentaldamboy

    What a lame list. Out of all these "hiphop acts", Drake is the only one represented.

  • Gucci The Realest

    Gucci Mane is the realest rapper and heres why. - all other rappers rap about being gangster shooting and killing but they havent done it. - Eminem raps about killing he hasnt. - Jay z raps in open letter about sending shots he hasnt. - T.I. snitch to the feds - Young Jeezy was never bmf - 50 Cent snitch and was never in jail but a youthcamp - Game was never a banger but lived the life of his brother in his lyrics - Nas Escobar never sold drugs - Ice Cube never was a gangbanger - Dr Dre never was a gangbanger - Snoop was never a crip - 2pac was a ballerina and never sold drugs after he become famous he was doing some stupid stuff like beating and shooting at people because he though he could get away with it. Without Suge Knight 2pac was just a skinny motherf*cker. - Mobb deep are the biggiest cowards in rap they are short as midgets and keep talking this g sh*t but never did g sh*t. - Most of the rappers rap about stuff they havent done yet you all support them and say its real rap. - When rick ross does it you all claim he is fake and say its fake rap. This shows that hiphop fans are hypocritical and all these real hiphop fan wanna be's are just some unjustified haters whose opinions are just as irrelevent as the swag fag rapper fans. BIG GUWOP KILLED A MAN HE WAS A DRUG DEALER BEFORE RAPPER HE HAS STREET CREDENTIALS HE IS THE ONLY RAPPER THAT RAPS ABOUT FACTS THERE FORE BIG GUWOP IS THE REALEST RAPPER IN THE RAP GAME AND THATS A FACT!

    • Eliot

      Seems like you was best friends with all this rappers to know all this info yet you havent said anything of what Gucci mane has said. Apparently to be a rapper you have to ether get shot or shot somebody. Nice way you got on picking up your favorite rappers. Who ever has to longest rap sheet you like right?

    • jj

      Fuck Gucci mane he is garbage!!!

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