Taylor Swift’s star-studded “Bad Blood” music video is paying off: She’s the top nominee at next month’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Swift is nominated for nine moonmen, including video of the year for “Bad Blood,” starring Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham and more of the pop star’s famous friends.

Lamar, who is featured on “Bad Blood,” is nominated for video of the year thanks to his own hit, “Alright.” Other nominees for the top prize include Beyoncé’s “7/11,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking out Loud” and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson.

The 2015 VMAs, hosted by Miley Cyrus, will air live Aug. 30 from Los Angeles.

Sheeran has six nominations, while Beyoncé, Lamar and Ronson have five each.

Beyoncé, Sia, Nicki Minaj and Ellie Goulding will battle Swift for best female video, while Sheeran, Lamar, Ronson, the Weeknd and Nick Jonas will compete for best male video.

Diplo, FKA twigs, Skrillex and Minaj earned three nominations each, while the Weeknd, Ariana Grande and Fetty Wap are double nominees.

So much for early retirement

As the last mind-twisting episodes of the ABC drama “Lost” played out in 2010, Evangeline Lilly made it clear that she was ready to leave acting behind. That decision lasted only a couple of years as the Canadian actress took on the role of Tauriel in two of the “Hobbit” movies. Lilly jumped back into another big-budget, special effects-heavy project with “Ant-Man.” She plays Hope van Dyne, the daughter of the original Ant-Man (Michael Douglas) and a reluctant love interest for the new Ant-Man (Paul Rudd). “I would have never guessed this. I didn’t set out to create this lineup of films,” she said.


Broadway debut: Marlee Matlin is joining the Deaf West Theatre production of “Spring Awakening” on Broadway. The Oscar and Golden Globe winner will make her Broadway debut in the upcoming revival, which will feature a cast of 27 that blends hearing and deaf performers. Matlin is the only deaf performer to win an Academy Award, which she did for “Children of a Lesser God.” Previews begin Sept. 8 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.


On the ballot: Citing the growth of urban sprawl and a need for more Mexican-American elected officials, “Breaking Bad” actor Steven Michael Quezada said he is jumping into a heated race for Bernalillo County commissioner in Albuquerque, N.M. Quezada played DEA agent Steven Gomez on the hit AMC-TV series.

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