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Video for Sia hit nominated for MTV award

Associated Press logo Associated Press 26/07/2016

Hot on the heels of scoring her first No.1 as an artist on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Australian singer-songwriter Sia has been nominated for an MTV video award.

Sia topped the Hot 100 with Cheap Thrills on Monday in the United States, having previously co-written Rihanna's Diamonds that led the same chart for three weeks in 2012.

On Tuesday Cheap Thrills earned Sia a nomination for best female video at at the MTV Video Music Awards, competing against Beyonce, Adele, Rihanna and Ariana Grande.

Kanye West's controversial Famous, Beyonce's Formation and Adele's Hello will battle Justin Bieber's Sorry and Drake's Hotline Bling for video of the year when the VMAs air live on August 28 from New York's Madison Square Garden.

West's infamous Famous features what appears to be naked images of the rapper and other celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump and Bill Cosby.

Beyonce is the overall VMA leader with 11 nominations - marking a career best for the pop diva. Adele is behind her with eight nominations.

David Bowie, who died from cancer earlier this year, is nominated for best direction, cinematography, art direction and editing for Lazarus - a video that showed him frail and lying in bed, eyes bandaged. It was released several days before the icon's January 10 death.

The video for Australian rock band Tame Impala's The Less I Know the Better has been nominated for a best direction award.

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