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Lorde to Present at VMA Awards Sunday; Faces Off with Linkin Park, Black Keys and More for Best Rock Video

Image courtesy of Image Courtesy MTV (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Image Courtesy MTV (via ABC News Radio)

Since she burst onto the music scene last year, Lorde has won her fair share of awards, including two Grammys.  But she says she'd really like to take home at least one trophy at this Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards because she like the way they look.

Lorde will be a presenter on the VMA telecast Sunday night, and her "Royals" video is nominated in two categories: Best Female and Best Rock.  If she wins, she'll take home a shiny, silver "Moonman" trophy.  Asked by the  New Zealand Herald what she thinks her chances are, she says, "I don't know...I'm just happy to be there. I think that is the coolest-looking award, the Moonman. It would be a nice one to have, but I'm just lucky to be there. It's going to be fun."

Lorde will face some stiff competition in the Best Rock category.  “Royals” is up against “Demons” by Imagine Dragons , “Do I Wanna Know” by The Arctic Monkeys , “Fever” by The Black Keys and “Until It’s Gone” by Linkin Park . Though no rock acts are performing at this year’s VMAs, there are several other categories in which rock acts are nominated.  For example Jack White 's video for "Lazaretto" is up for Best Visual Effects, and Arcade Fire 's "Reflektor" video is up for Best Art Direction.

Here’s the list of categories with rock nominees:

BEST ROCK
Imagine Dragons -- "Demons"
Arctic Monkeys -- "Do I Wanna Know"
The Black Keys -- "Fever"
Lorde -- “Royals”
Linkin Park -- "Until It's Gone"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
30 Seconds to Mars -- "City of Angels"
Beyoncé -- "Pretty Hurts"
Arcade Fire -- "Afterlife"
Gesaffelstein -- "Hate or Glory"
Lana Del Rey -- "West Coast"

BEST EDITING
Eminem -- "Rap God"
MGMT -- "Your Life Is a Lie"
Zedd  ft. Hayley Williams --"Stay the Night"
Beyoncé -- "Pretty Hurts"
Fitz and the Tantrums -- "The Walker"

BEST ART DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down for What"
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX -- "Fancy"
Eminem -- "Rap God"
Arcade Fire -- "Reflektor"
Tyler, the Creator -- "Tamale"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down for What"
OK Go -- "The Writing's on the Wall"
Disclosure -- "Grab Her!"
Eminem -- "Rap God"
Jack White -- "Lazaretto"


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