GLASGOW, Scotland, Monday September 22, 2014 – Whether it’s her new natural look, talent for twerking, megahits like “Anaconda” and “Bang Bang,” or a combination of the lot, Trinidad-born Nicki Minaj appears destined for the winner’s circle after receiving nominations in four categories at the upcoming MTV Europe Music Awards.
Scoring nods for Best Look, Best Hip-Hop, Biggest Fans, and Best Female, the “Pink Friday” girl will have a fight on her hands in the latter category, which will pit her against such luminaries as Beyonce, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and relative newcomer Ariana Grande.
The Trini bombshell will also have her work cut out in the Best Hip-Hop category in which she vies for the honours with giants like Drake, Kanye West, Iggy Azalea and Eminem. The latter two artistes, along with One Direction, Sam Smith, and Kiesza, have also all received four nominations each.
Barbados’ pop princess Rihanna scarcely has a look-in at this year’s EMAs and received her only nod as featured vocalist on Eminem’s “The Monster,” nominated in the Best Song category.
Main man Pharrell Williams is leading the men at this year’s event with five nominations, including Best Song for “Happy,” while Aussie pop rockers Five Seconds of Summer also scored five nods.
Meanwhile, Ariana Grande marks the first time she’s been up for a prize at the EMAs with an impressive six nominations including Best Song for “Problem,” Best Female, Best Pop and Best New.
Katy Perry is nevertheless the one to beat at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards after scoring seven nominations.
The “Firework” superstar is leading the pack at the annual prizegiving after receiving nods for Best Song for “Dark Horse,” Best Pop, Best Female, Best Live, Best Video, also for “Dark Horse,” Best Look and Best US Act.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday November 9.
MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS 2014, NOMINEES:
Best Song Best Video
Ariana Grande – “Problem” ft. Iggy Azalea Iggy Azalea – “Black Widow”
Eminem – “The Monster” ft. Rihanna Katy Perry – “Dark Horse”
Katy Perry – “Dark Horse” ft. Juicy J Kiesza – “Hideaway”
Pharrell Williams – “Happy” Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me” Sia – “Chandelier”
Best Pop Best Female
5 Seconds of Summer Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande Beyonce
Katy Perry Katy Perry
Miley Cyrus Nicki Minaj
One Direction Taylor Swift
Best Male Best Live
Ed Sheeran Beyonce
Eminem Bruno Mars
Justin Bieber Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake Katy Perry
Pharrell Williams One Direction
Best New Best Rock
5 Seconds of Summer Arctic Monkeys
Ariana Grande The Black Keys
Charli XCX Coldplay
Kiesza Imagine Dragons
Sam Smith Linkin Park
Best Alternative Best Hip-Hop
Fall Out Boy Drake
Lana Del Rey Eminem
Lorde Iggy Azalea
Paramore Kanye West
Thirty Seconds To Mars Nicki Minaj
Biggest Fans Best Look
5 Seconds of Summer Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande Katy Perry
Justin Bieber Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj Rita Ora
One Direction Taylor Swift
Best UK & Ireland Act Best US Act
One Direction Beyonce
Calvin Harris Katy Perry
Sam Smith Pharrell Williams
Ed Sheeran Eminem