Nominees for 2015 MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS Announced

Earned it! Much announced today that multi-platinum alternative R&B sensation The Weeknd garnered an impressive six 2015 MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS nominations, the most of any artist. International breakout singer-songwriter and previously announced 2015 MMVA performer Shawn Mendes is close behind with four nominations, while 2015 MMVA co-host, performer, and six-time GRAMMY® Award nominee Ed Sheeran is tied with multi-platinum Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, with three nominations apiece.

Nabbing his first MMVA nomination as a solo artist is 2015 MMVA performer, multi-platinum recording artist, and “Jealous” hit-maker Nick Jonas. Additional first-time nominees include international DJ Calvin Harris, chart-topping singer-songwriter Hozier, hip hop sensation Kendrick Lamar, GRAMMY Award winner Sam Smith, two-time GRAMMY Award nominee Sia, Canadian artists Majid Jordan, Naturally Born Strangers, and Scott Helman, and many more.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Artist: Arcade Fire
Title: We Exist
Director: David Wilson

Artist: Grimes f. Blood Diamonds
Title: Go
Director: ROCO

Artist: Kiesza
Title: Giant In My Heart
Director: Rami Samir Afuni

Artist: Majid Jordan
Title: Her
Director: Common Good

Artist: The Weeknd
Title: Often
Director: Sam Pilling; Lamar Taylor

POST-PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR
Artist: Grimes f. Blood Diamonds
Title: Go
Director: ROCO
Mythryl
Post-production: Ways & Means

Artist: SonReal
Title: For The Town
Director: Peter Huang
Black Box Recordings
Post-production: MadRuk

Artist: Walk Off The Earth
Title: Rule The World
Director: John JP Poliquin
Sony Music
Post-production: NBTV Studios

Artist: Young Wolf Hatchlings
Title: You Lovely You
Director: John Huang
Universal Music Canada
Post-production: Castle City Creative

Artist: Zeds Dead f. Twin Shadow & D’Angelo Lacy
Title: Lost You
Director: Grandson & Son
Zeds Dead inc.; Ultra Music
Post-production: The Field Inc.

DANCE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Artist: Grandtheft f. Keys N Krates
Title: Keep It 100
Director: Ohji Inoue

Artist: Kiesza
Title: Giant In My Heart
Director: Rami Samir Afuni

Artist: Mia Martina f. Waka Flocka
Title: Beast
Director: Marc André Debruyne

Artist: Torro Torro
Title: Ca$hville
Director: Jon Riera

Artist: Zeds Dead f. Twin Shadow & D’Angelo Lacy
Title: Lost You
Director: Grandson & Son

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Artist: Arcade Fire
Title: We Exist
Director: David Wilson

Artist: Grandtheft f. Keys N Krates
Title: Keep It 100
Director: Ohji Inoue

Artist: Grimes f. Blood Diamond
Title: Go
Director: ROCO

Artist: Majid Jordan
Title: Her
Director: Common Good

Artist: The Weeknd
Title: Often
Director: Sam Pilling; Lamar Taylor

POP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Artist: Hedley
Title: Heaven In Our Headlights
Director: Jacob Hoggard; Matt Leaf

Artist: Lights
Title: Running With The Boys
Director: Amit Dabrai

Artist: Scott Helman
Title: Bungalow
Director: Aaron A

Artist: Shawn Mendes
Title: Something Big
Director: Jon Augustavo

Artist: The Weeknd
Title: Earned It
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson

ROCK/ALTERNATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Artist: Arcade Fire
Title: We Exist
Director: David Wilson

Artist: Arkells
Title: Leather Jacket
Director: Amit Dabrai

Artist: Death From Above 1979
Title: Virgins
Director: Eva Michon

Artist: July Talk
Title: Summer Dress
Director: Josh Warburton; Adam Crosby

Artist: Nickelback
Title: Edge Of A Revolution
Director: Wayne Isham

HIP HOP VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Artist: John River
Title: Hope City ll
Director: Trayne

Artist: Naturally Born Strangers
Title: No One Knows My Struggle
Director: Bobby James; Che Kothari

Artist: P. Reign f. Drake & Future
Title: DnF
Director: Drake; Davin Black

Artist: SonReal
Title: Preach
Director: Dane Collison

Artist: Tory Lanez
Title: Henny In Hand
Director: Andrew Hines

MUCHFACT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Artist: Death From Above 1979
Title: Virgins
Director: Eva Michon

Artist: Grandtheft f. Keys N Krates
Title: Keep It 100
Director: Ohji Inoue

Artist: Lights
Title: Running With The Boys
Director: Amit Dabrai

Artist: Majid Jordan
Title: Forever
Director: Common Good

Artist: Torro Torro
Title: Ca$hville
Director: Jon Riera

BEST INTERNATIONAL ARTIST
Ariana Grande
Calvin Harris
Ed Sheeran
Hozier
Kendrick Lamar
Nick Jonas
Rihanna
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift
Sia

MOST BUZZWORTHY CANADIAN
Drake
Justin Bieber
Kiesza
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

MOST BUZZWORTHY INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OR GROUP
Ed Sheeran
Fall Out Boy
Iggy Azalea
Jason Derulo
Sia

FAN FAVE ARTIST/GROUP
Drake
Justin Bieber
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd
WILDCARD
Carly Rae Jepsen

FAN FAVE VIDEO

Artist: Hedley
Title: Heaven In Our Headlights
Director: Jacob Hoggard; Matt Leaf

Artist: Nickelback
Title: Edge Of A Revolution
Director: Wayne Isham

Artist: Shawn Mendes
Title: Something Big
Director: Jon Augustavo

Artist: The Weeknd
Title: Earned It
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
WILDCARD
Artist: Marianas Trench
Title: Here’s To The Zeros
Director: Kyle Davison

FAN FAVE INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OR GROUP
Ed Sheeran
One Direction
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift
WILDCARD
Selena Gomez

The 2015 MMVAs kicks off live coast-to-coast-to-coast, Sunday, June 21 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Much. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

“This year’s exceptional list of nominees honours newcomers and MMVA veterans, as well as those who make the magic happen behind the camera,” said Sheila Sullivan, Executive Producer of the 2015 MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. “We look forward to welcoming them all to the 2015 MMVAs and celebrating their success!”

This year, a total of 15 MuchFACT-funded music videos are nominated for an MMVA, representing more than $409,000 in investment. Nominated artists include Death from Above 1979, Grandtheft f. Keys N Krates, Lights, Torro Torro, and many more.