The “MTV Video Music Awards” Nominees Are Out

The nominees for the “MTV Video Music Awards” were announced, and Ariana Grande andTaylor Swift lead with 10.  Billie Eilish is next with nine. The Video of the Year nominees are:  “A Lot” by 21 Savage, “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish, “Thank U, Next” byAriana Grande, “Sucker” by The Jonas Brothers, “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, and “You Need to Calm Down” by Taylor Swift. The nominees for Artist of the Year are:  Cardi B, Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, and the Jonas Brothers. I don’t know if the “VMAs” are a big enough deal for people to be upset over “snubs,” but those who didn’t get any love include Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Megan Thee Stallion, and former “VMA” tramp Miley Cyrus. The ceremony is Monday, August 26th in L.A.  There’s no word on a host or any performers yet. 

Voting is now open at  Here are all the “VMA” categories you care about:



Video of the Year:


Ariana Grande, “Thank U, Next””

21 Savage and J. Cole, “A Lot”

Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road (Remix)”

The Jonas Brothers, “Sucker”

Taylor Swift, “You Need to Calm Down”

Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy”



Artist of the Year:


Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish


Cardi B

The Jonas Brothers

Shawn Mendes



Best New Artist:


Ava Max

Billie Eilish


Lil Nas X





Best Pop Video:


5 Seconds of Summer, “Easier”

Cardi B and Bruno Mars, “Please Me”

Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy”

Khalid, “Talk”

Ariana Grande, “Thank U, Next””

The Jonas Brothers, “Sucker”

Taylor Swift, “You Need to Calm Down”



Best Hip-Hop Video:


2 Chainz and Ariana Grande, “Rule the World”

21 Savage and J. Cole, “A Lot”

Cardi B, “Money”

DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle, and John Legend, “Higher”

Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road (Remix)”

Travis Scott and Drake, “Sicko Mode”



Best R&B Video:


Anderson .Paak and Smokey Robinson, “Make It Better”

Childish Gambino, “Feels Like Summer”

H.E.R. and Bryson Tiller, “Could’ve Been”

Alicia Keys, “Raise a Man”

Ella Mai, “Trip”

Normani and 6lack, “Waves”



Best Rock Video:


The 1975, “Love It If We Made It”

Fall Out Boy, “Bishops Knife Trick”

Imagine Dragons, “Natural”

Lenny Kravitz, “Low”

Panic! At the Disco, “High Hopes”

Twenty One Pilots, “My Blood”



Best Dance Video:


The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha, “Call You Mine”

Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato, “Solo”

DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Ozuna, and Cardi B, “Taki Taki”

David Guetta, Bebe Rexha, and J Balvin, “Say My Name”

Marshmello and Bastille, “Happier”

Silk City and Dua Lipa, “Electricity”



Best Collaboration:


Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road (Remix)”

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, “Shallow”

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, “Señorita”

Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie, “Me!”

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber, “I Don’t Care”

BTS and Halsey, “Boy With Luv”



Best Video for Good, which is a new category recognizing positive messaging:


Halsey, “Nightmare”

The Killers, “Land of the Free”

Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey, and Gallant, “Runaway Train”

John Legend, “Preach”

Lil Dicky, “Earth”

Taylor Swift, “You Need to Calm Down”



You can find the full list of nominees, including the ‘professional categories’ like Best Choreography and Best Editing, at the “VMA” website.


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