Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead 2013 MTV Video Music Awards nominations

30 Seconds To Mars, Drake and Calvin Harris also pick up multiple nominations for this year's VMAs

Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the leading contenders for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), picking up six nominations apiece.

Timberlake’s ‘Mirrors’ will compete against the duo’s ‘Thrift Shop’ for the top prize of Video Of The Year, with Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’, Taylor Swift’s ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ and Bruno Mars’ ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ also in the running.

Mars receives a total of four nominations for this year’s VMAs, which will take place on August 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Thicke, 30 Seconds To Mars, Miley Cyrus and Pink will all compete in three categories, while Drake, Calvin Harris, Taylor Swift and Fun are up for two prizes each.

The MTV VMAs were launched in 1984 and Madonna has been the biggest winner over the years, collecting 20 “Moonman” gongs between 1986 and 1999. Timberlake has already won seven VMAs as a solo artist and another seven as a member of ‘NSync.

One Direction were the biggest winners at last year’s VMAs with victories in three categories, though they were beaten to the Video Of The Year prize by Rihanna, who won for ‘We Found Love’.