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MTV Video Music Award nominations: Beyoncé leads with 8

Beyoncé performs on the opening night of the

Beyoncé performs on the opening night of the On The Run Tour at Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Miami. Photo Credit: PictureGroup for Parkwood Entertainment / Jeff Daly

The surprises from Beyoncé's unexpected "Beyoncé" album keep piling up, as she landed eight MTV Video Music Awards nominations Thursday to lead all artists.

Beyoncé racked up four nominations for her "Pretty Hurts" video, including best video with a social message, while her steamy "Partition" video landed two nods. However, it's "Drunk in Love," with hubby Jay Z, that nabbed the biggest nomination -- video of the year -- as well as best collaboration.

She will do battle for video of the year with "Fancy," from Iggy Azalea, who took seven nominations overall, Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball," Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and Sia's "Chandelier."

Eminem also landed seven nominations for his videos "The Monster," "Berzerk" and "Rap God."

Winners will be announced on Aug. 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, Usher, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer are already scheduled to perform.

Depending on the results that night, Beyoncé or Eminem could end up No. 2 in all-time Video Music Award wins. Peter Gabriel and Lady Gaga are currently tied at No. 2 with 13 wins, with Bey close behind at 12 and Em at 11. The reigning queen is, of course, Madonna, with 20 wins.

Voting for most of the categories is now open to the public at vma.mtv.com through Aug. 11.

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TOP CATEGORIES

Best Male Video

Ed Sheeran featuring Pharrell Williams, "Sing"

Eminem ft. Rihanna, "The Monster"

John Legend, "All of Me"

Pharrell Williams, "Happy"

Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

Best Female Video

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

Beyoncé, "Partition"

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, "Fancy"

Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, "Dark Horse"

Lorde, "Royals"

Artist to Watch

5 Seconds of Summer, "She Looks So Perfect"

Charli XCX, "Boom Clap"

Fifth Harmony, "Miss Movin' On"

Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

Schoolboy Q, "Man of the Year"

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