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Spotify Predicts VMA Winners: Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd, Sia Expected to Win Top Honors

Ed Sheeran 2013
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Ed Sheeran photographed on June 5, 2013 in Nashville.

In anticipation of Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, Spotify has predicted the show's winners for the top music music categories and says Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" is going to come out with the biggest award of the night -- video of the year. 

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The selections are all based on which artists and songs have been listened to the most by Spotify's 75 million users. 

Otherwise, The Weeknd's "Earned It" video is considered the frontrunner for the best male video category and Sia's "Elastic Heart" is top ranked on the female side. 

Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" is expected to win for best hip hop video and put him ahead in the artist to watch competition as well. Spotify also tallied total streams on each nominated song, which "Trap Queen" led as well. 

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Of course none of Taylor Swift's songs are eligible for the study since the pop star does not license her music to Spotify. 

See Spotify's full list of predicted winners (in bold) below. 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
1.    Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
2.    Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
3.    Beyoncé – 7/11
4.    Nicki Minaj – Feeling Myself (If it were nominated)
5.    Kendrick Lamar – Alright
6.    Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – Bad Blood* 

BEST MALE VIDEO
1.    The Weeknd – Earned It
2.    Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
3.    Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
4.    Kendrick Lamar – Alright
5.    Nick Jonas – Chains

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
1.    Sia – Elastic Heart
2.    Beyoncé – 7/11
3.    Nicki Minaj – Anaconda
4.    Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
5.    Taylor Swift – Blank Space*

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
1.    Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
2.    Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – See You Again
3.    Sia – Elastic Heart
4.    Kendrick Lamar – Alright
5.    Big Sean ft. E-40 – IDFWU
6.    Nicki Minaj – Anaconda

BEST POP VIDEO
1.    Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
2.    Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
3.    Beyoncé – 7/11
4.    Maroon 5 – Sugar
5.    Taylor Swift – Blank Space*

BEST ROCK VIDEO
1.    Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance
2.    Fall Out Boy – Uma Thurman
3.    Arctic Monkeys – Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
4.    Hozier – Take Me To Church
5.    Florence + the Machine – Ship To Wreck

BEST COLLABORATION
1.    Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – See You Again
2.    Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
3.    Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – Love Me Harder
4.    Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
5.    Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – Bad Blood*

ARTIST TO WATCH (this one is ranked by total number of artist streams)
1.    Fetty Wap
2.    James Bay
3.    Vance Joy
4.    George Ezra
5.    FKA twigs

 

Ranking of all the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards nominees' total streams:
1.    Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
2.    Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth - See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth)
3.    WALK THE MOON - Shut Up and Dance
4.    The Weeknd - Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
5.    Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
6.    Mark Ronson,Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
7.    Sia - Elastic Heart
8.    Beyonce - 7/11       
9.    Nicki Minaj,Beyoncé - Feeling Myself
10.   Fall Out Boy - "Uma Thurman"
11.   Ariana Grande,The Weeknd - Love Me Harder
12.   Kendrick Lamar - Alright
13.   Big Sean,Kanye West,John Legend - One Man Can Change The World
14.   Nick Jonas - Chains
15.   Big Sean, E-40 - IDFWU
16.   Nicki Minaj - Anaconda
17.   Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
18.   Colbie Caillat - Try
19.   Wale - The White Shoes
20.   Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do - From "Fifty Shades Of Grey"
21.   Hozier - Take Me To Church
22.   Maroon 5 - Sugar
23.   Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang
24.   Rihanna - American Oxygen
25.   Jennifer Hudson - I Still Love You
26.   Florence + The Machine - Ship To Wreck

 

Listen to a Spotify playlist of the VMA nominees via Spotify here:

 

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