Your vote counts — at the MTV Video Music Awards

August 22, 2016 GMT

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again, kids! MTV is returning with its annual Video Music Awards, or the VMAs, on Sunday, Aug. 28. Whether you watch the VMAs every year, or always feel drastically unprepared like me, TX. is here to help!

Here is a list of all of this year’s nominees in each award category, so take a look to see if some of your favorites are being featured. Official online voting has closed, except in the Best Artist category, but you can still choose your own favorites. To help any of you who are undecided, I’ve included my thoughts on each category — happy voting!

• Video of the year

“Hello” — Adele

“Formation” — Beyonce

“Hotline Bling” — Drake

“Sorry” — Justin Bieber

“Famous” — Kanye West

Each video here is nominated for several different awards, but when it comes down to what I personally think is important in a music video, Adele’s “Hello” is what earns my vote. The artistic elements of this dramatic video seem very fitting for both the artist and the song, and as far as popularity goes, “Hello” has been the most successful of these songs. Also, you couldn’t pay me to vote for Justin Bieber or Kanye West, so there’s that.

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• Best female video

“Hello” — Adele

“Into You” — Ariana Grande

“Hold Up” — Beyonce

“Work” — Rihanna ft. Drake

“Cheap Thrills” — Sia

I was a little disappointed in my options here. While several powerful female artists are featured, I don’t think these videos would be considered their best. One artist I would have appreciated seeing listed here is Hayley Kiyoko, who has released several all-female videos this year, and deserves more recognition for each of them. If I had to choose my favorites, however, I would be satisfied to see “Hello” or “Into You” take the cake.

• Best male video

“Don’t” — Bryson Tiller

“This Is What You Came For” — Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna

“Hotline Bling” — Drake

’Famous” — Kanye West

‘Can’t Feel My Face‘ — The Weeknd

We’ve all heard “Can’t Feel My Face” on the radio, but seeing the video can be a change of perspective. The Weeknd is definitely my favorite artist when it comes to music videos, so my vote seem here seems obvious. Besides, “Hotline Bling” has become too much of a meme for me to take it seriously anymore.

• Best hip-hop video

“Watch Out” — 2 Chainz

“Don’t” — Bryson Tiller

“Angels” — Chance the Rapper ft. Saba

“Panda” — Desiigner

“Hotline Bling” — Drake

I’m really not into hip hop, so I thought I’d leave this category be. “Hotline Bling” is too much of a meme, and so is “Panda,” so there go those two options. I hadn’t even heard the other three choices before voting, so I’ll leave this award to the professionals!

• Best pop video

“Hello” — Adele

“Wild Things” — Alessia Cara

“Into You” — Ariana Grande

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“Formation” — Beyonce

“Sorry” — Justin Bieber

“Wild Things” is only a candidate in this category, which I think is a shame. It’s definitely one of my favorite videos of the year, featuring a diverse cast and a message which speaks to our generation very well. It deserves this level of recognition, and I think it has a good chance of winning, especially with teenagers voting. If you haven’t seen it yet, I would definitely recommend it, as well as any of Cara’s other videos.

• Best rock video

“Missing You” — All Time Low

“Adventure of a Lifetime” — Coldplay

“Irresistible” — Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato

“Victorious” — Panic! At the Disco

“Heathens” — Twenty One Pilots

I simply couldn’t make up my mind on this one. Who knew how well Demi Lovato would sync with Fall Out Boy? The “Irresistible” video is artistic, creative and entertaining. Twenty One Pilots has also impressed me — the “Heathens” video is just as dark and enthralling as the movie the song was written for. Also, I’d like to see Panic! At the Disco win for “Victorious” as well. I don’t know if I can choose my favorite — oh well!

• Best new artist

Bryson Tiller

Desiigner

DNCE

Lukas Graham

Zara Larsson

I would be satisfied with either Lukas Graham or Zara Larsson winning, but in all honesty, I just think it’s cool that Joe Jonas is relevant again with his band DNCE. I mean, that’s pretty cool, right?

• Best electronic video

“The Girl Is Mine” — 99 Souls ft. Destiny’s Child and Brandy

“Summerthing!” — Afrojack ft. Mike Taylor

“How Deep Is Your Love” — Calvin Harris and Disciples

“I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner

“Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers ft. Daya

I sound stingy saying this, but I really didn’t like any of the videos nominated in this category. Even “I Took A Pill In Ibiza,” which is one of my favorite songs, just seemed strange and unappealing. Maybe I’ll have better luck with my choices next year?

• Best collab video

“Let Me Love You” — Ariana Grande ft. Lil Wayne

“Freedom” — Beyonce ft. Kendrick Lamar

“This Is What You Came For” — Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna

’Work From Home” — Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign

’Work” — Rihanna ft. Drake

Once again, no preference in this category. Man, I’m picky this time around, aren’t I?

• Best long-form video

“Lemonade” — Beyonce

“Royalty” — Chris Brown

“The Odyssey” — Florence and the Machine

“Purpose: The Movement” — Justin Bieber

“Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy” — Troye Sivan

It seems obvious that “Blue Neighbourhood‘ is my choice, really. Troye Sivan’s video series is dramatic, emotional and hard-hitting every time you watch it. The storytelling exceeds expectations for a music video, and you’ll be glued to the screen from beginning to end. I’ll be very upset if Sivan doesn’t take home his VMA, but I’m not worried — his chances of winning are looking great so far!

Professional categories:

These are the awards where MTV doesn’t care about my opinion and hasn’t opened public voting, but I’ll share my thoughts anyway!

• Best art direction

“Hello” — Adele

“Hold Up” — Beyonce

“Blackstar” — David Bowie

“Hotline Bling” — Drake

“M. I. L. F. $” — Fergie

Once again, “Hello” gets my vote. I liked the color of the video, which seemed to be right on theme with the drama and generally musty nature of both the song and artist. There was lots of other artistic imagery that I thought added nice touches, and I would love to see Adele win this one as well.

Also (and it pains me to say it), “Hotline Bling” is probably a close runner-up. Once again, I liked the color scheme, and also found the abstract attitude pretty pleasing. There, I officially endorsed an internet fad — are you guys happy?

• Best choreography:

“Formation” — Beyonce

“Sorry” — Beyonce

“M3LL155X” — FKA Twigs

“Delilah” — Florence and the Machine

“WTF (Where They From)” — Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell

Here, I would probably give Florence my vote, because I was pretty excited for “Delilah” and remember being satisfied with Florence’s signature strangeness, which was very well expressed in the choreography of the video. Also, I’m a little confused as to why Beyonce is nominated twice, but nonetheless, I think she also has a good chance of winning in this category (whether I like it or not).

• Best direction

“Hello” — Adele

“Formation” — Beyonce

“Up and Up” — Coldplay

“Lazarus” — David Bowie

“The Less I Know the Better” — Tame Impala

Are you guys sick of me cheering for Adele yet? No? All right then, I’m going to do it again: Adele could and probably should win for “Hello.” However, I also think she is evenly matched with Coldplay’s “Up and Up,” and would gladly cast my vote for either video.

• Best cinematography

“Hello” — Adele

“I Wanna Know” — Alesso

“Into You” — Ariana Grande

“Formation” — Beyonce

“Lazarus” — David Bowie

I’m giving this award to the ladies. In all honesty, I think Ariana Grande was pretty impressive with “Into You,” which isn’t a typical choice for me. “Formation” earned my approval after a few watches, and “Hello” is obviously one of my favorite candidates of the year. The majority of these nominees were well chosen; there were a few videos that I was disappointed to see didn’t make this list, but what can you do?

• Best editing

“Hello” — Adele

“Into You” — Ariana Grande

“Formation” — Beyonce

“Lazarus” — David Bowie

“M. I. L. F. $” — Fergie

This list is almost identical to the one for Best Cinematography, so I’m going with my picks for that category here as well. Sorry, I know that’s not particularly helpful, but look at the bright side: now you have an excuse to actually watch the videos!

• Best visual effects

“Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” — Adele

“Up and Up” — Coldplay

“M3LL155X” — FKA Twigs

“Can’t Feel My Face” — The Weeknd

“Pillowtalk” — Zayn

Once again, I’m pitting Adele and Coldplay against each other, but in this case, “Up and Up” deserves my favoritism. The dynamic and interesting visual effects of Coldplay’s video really impressed me my first time watching and every time after. In second place, “Hello,” and in third, probably Zayn Malik’s “Pillowtalk,” which has a good chance of winning the popular vote.

Tune in to the 2016 Video Music Awards Aug. 28 for live performances, awards, celebrities and a chance to watch history in the making. You can still vote for Best Artist until show night at vma.mtv.com. Good luck, music lovers!

London Cummings will be a junior this fall at Fremont High School. She thinks Marvel movies are awesome and wants to travel the world, although she spends most of her time on Tumblr. Email her at the7fanatic@outlook.com.