A Pair of Canadians Up for Awards at the VMAs

Where_are_u_nowThe MTV Awards known as the VMAs are on again this year and will be hosted by the champion of prurience, Miley Cyrus. As YouTube and other online platforms have been pegged as stakes to the heart for music video channels, executives are counting on awards shows as key attention (i.e. dollar) grabbers. Nominees for this year’s show are already helping pump up spotlight wattage by engaging in Twitter battles. While last month’s MMVAs saw a wins shutout for women, VMA nominations see few Canadians in the mix: just The Weeknd and Justin Bieber as a featured artist. Likely to be an un-family friendly broadcast, the show will air live from Los Angeles, USA at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 30. The Weeknd’s “Earned It” is up for Best Male Video and his “Love Me Harder” with Ariana Grande is up for Best Collaboration. Justin Bieber featured in “Where Are U Now” is nominated for Best Art Direction, Editing, and Visual Effects. View a full list of nominees here.