Eminem Vs. Iggy Azalea: Who Will Win The Ultimate 2014 VMA Rap Battle?

Will the newcomer take down the veteran?

Well, isn’t this interesting. A veteran rapper and a newbie MC will be facing off in the hip-hop categories at the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards. The full list of nominations has been announced and it’s no surprise that Eminem clocked in seven nods for his Marshall Mathers LP 2 album, but who would’ve guessed that Iggy Azalea would be his stiffest competition? They’re both tied for seven.

Fancy” sent Iggy to new heights, landing her nominations for Video of the Year, Best Art Direction and Best Female Video — where she doubled up thanks to her work with Arianna Grande on “Problem.”

She and Eminem will only battle each other directly for Best Collaboration, where Shady got a nod for his work with Rihanna on “Monster,” and the 24-year-old nabbed one for “Problem” as well.

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Eminem made a strong showing in other categories, including Best Hip-Hop Video with “Berzerk,” Best Male Video for “Monster,” and Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects for “Rap God.”

Check out their respective nominations in bold below. Who do you think will come out on top?

Video of the Year
» Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
» Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
» Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
» Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
» Sia, “Chandelier”

Best Hip-Hop Video
» Childish Gambino, “3005″
» Drake ft. Majid Jordan, “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
» Eminem, “Berzerk”
» Kanye West, “Black Skinhead”
» Wiz Khalifa, “We Dem Boyz”

Best Male Video
» Ed Sheeran ft. 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”

Best Pop Video
» Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
» Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up”
» Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
» Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
» Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Best Collaboration
» Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
» Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
» Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga, “Loyal”
» Eminem ft. Rihanna, “The Monster”
» Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
» Pitbull ft. Kesha, “Timber”

Best Art Direction
» Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”
» DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
» Eminem, “Rap God”
» Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
» Tyler, the Creator, “Tamale”

Best Visual Effects
» Disclosure, “Grab Her!”
» DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
» Eminem, “Rap God”
» Jack White, “Lazaretto”
» OK Go, “The Writing’s On The Wall”

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