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The Weeknd’s 'Starboy' Video Gets MTV EMA ‘Best Video’ Nomination Before It’s Actually Been Released

The Weeknd just picked up an MTV EMA ‘Best Video’ nomination for his unreleased “Starboy” video.

Tomorrow, The Weeknd will release a video for his and Daft Punk’s new song, the title track off Abel Tesfaye’s forthcoming Amharic-influenced Starboy album. The video, we now know, is directed by frequent Weeknd collaborator Grant Singer.


To be clear, it’s not out yet. But that didn’t stop MTV from nominating it for “Best Video” at the upcoming MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs), coming up Sunday, November 6th, in Rotterdam.

“Starboy” is nominated right alongside Beyoncé (“Formation”), Coldplay (“Up&Up”), Kanye West (“Famous”) and Tame Impala (“The Less I Know the Better”).

Interestingly, the MTV EMAs rely on popular vote.

“As always, MTV is relying on the fans to pick the winners of each category so make sure you let us know who deserves to win by voting!” the broadcaster points out on their website.

So yes, that means MTV is encouraging fans to vote, or not vote, for a video they’ve not yet seen. Are they using some sort of trust system?

Starboy the album is out November 25. Stay tuned for more news on “Starboy” the video.

Photo by Dereck Green/Gallo Images/Getty Images

AKA Announces Social Media Break After Fiancé Nelli Tembe's Passing

South African rapper AKA has shared that he will be going on a social media hiatus as he mourns the tragic death of his fiancé Nelli Tembe.

South African super rapper AKA has reached out to the public for the first time since the tragic death of his fiancé Nelli Tembe two weeks ago. Supamega released a public statement stating that he had relinquished his social media accounts to his management team to allow himself time to mourn. The statement comes a week after Anele Tembe, affectionately known as Nelli, was laid to rest.

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