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Justin Bieber, Megan Thee Stallion lead MTV VMA nominations

Washington [US], August 12 (ANI): The nominations for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) have been revealed, with singer Justin Bieber leading with seven nominations, followed by rapper Megan Thee Stallion with six nods.

As per People magazine, on Wednesday, MTV announced the nominees for this year’s Video Music Awards and the list features some of 2020 and 2021’s biggest artists.

Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Lil Nas X, Giveon and Olivia Rodrigo all earned five nods. This is Rodrigo’s first time ever being nominated.

Among the contenders for video of the year — the top prize of the night — are Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP’, DJ Khaled and Drake’s video featuring Justin Bieber ‘POPSTAR’, Doja Cat and SZA’s ‘Kiss Me More’, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Bad Habits’, Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ and The Weeknd’s ‘Save Your Tears’.

As for the artist of the year category, Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, Taylor Swift, Rodrigo, Bieber and Stallion are up for the award.

Starting Wednesday and through September 3, fans can vote across 14 categories to select their top contenders. Nominations for best group and song of summer will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘WAP’ – Atlantic Records

DJ Khaled ft. Drake – ‘POPSTAR’ (Starring Justin Bieber) – OVO / We The Best / Epic Records

Doja Cat ft. SZA – ‘Kiss Me More’ – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

Ed Sheeran – ‘Bad Habits’ – Atlantic Records

Lil Nas X – ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ – Columbia Records

The Weeknd – ‘Save Your Tears’ – XO / Republic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ariana Grande – Republic Records

Doja Cat – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

Justin Bieber – Def Jam

Megan Thee Stallion – 300 Entertainment

Olivia Rodrigo – Geffen Records

Taylor Swift – Republic Records

SONG OF THE YEAR

24kGoldn ft. iann dior – ‘Mood’ – RECORDS LLC / Columbia Records

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – ‘Leave The Door Open’ – Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records

BTS – ‘Dynamite’ – BIGHIT MUSIC

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘WAP’ – Atlantic Records

Dua Lipa – ‘Levitating’ – Warner Records

Olivia Rodrigo – ‘drivers license’ – Geffen Records

BEST NEW ARTIST, Presented by Facebook

24kGoldn – RECORDS LLC / Columbia Records

Giveon – Epic Records / Not So Fast

The Kid LAROI – Columbia Records

Olivia Rodrigo – Geffen Records

Polo G – Columbia Records

Saweetie – Warner Records

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

September 2020: Wallows – ‘Are You Bored Yet?’ – Columbia Records

October 2020: Ashnikko – ‘Daisy’ – Warner Records

November 2020: SAINt JHN – ‘Gorgeous’ – Godd Complexx / HITCO

December 2020: 24kGoldn – ‘Coco’ – RECORDS LLC / Columbia Records

January 2021: JC Stewart – ‘Break My Heart’ – Elektra Music Group

February 2021: Latto – ‘Sex Lies’ – RCA Records

March 2021: Madison Beer – ‘Selfish’ – Epic Records / Sing It Loud

April 2021: The Kid LAROI – ‘WITHOUT YOU’ – Columbia Records

May 2021: Olivia Rodrigo – ‘drivers license’ – Geffen Records

June 2021: girl in red ‘Serotonin’ – world in red / AWAL

July 2021: Foushee – ‘my slime’ – RCA Records

August 2021: jxdn – ‘Think About Me’ – DTA Records / Elektra Music Group

BEST COLLABORATION

24kGoldn ft. iann dior – ‘Mood’ – RECORDS LLC / Columbia Records

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘WAP’ – Atlantic Records

Doja Cat ft. SZA – ‘Kiss Me More’ – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

Drake ft. Lil Durk – ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ – OVO / Republic Records

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – ‘Peaches’ – Def Jam

Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa – ‘Prisoner’ – RCA Records

BEST POP

Ariana Grande – ‘positions’ – Republic Records

Billie Eilish – ‘Therefore I Am’ – Darkroom / Interscope Records

BTS – ‘Butter’ – BIGHIT MUSIC

Harry Styles – ‘Treat People With Kindness’ – Columbia Records

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – ‘Peaches’ – Def Jam

Olivia Rodrigo – ‘good 4 u’ – Geffen Records

Shawn Mendes – ‘Wonder’ – Island Records

Taylor Swift – ‘willow’ – Republic Records

BEST HIP-HOP

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘WAP’ – Atlantic Records

Drake ft. Lil Durk – ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ – OVO / Republic Records

Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘On Me (remix)’ – Quality Control / Motown

Moneybagg Yo – ‘Said Sum’ – N-Less Entertainment / Interscope Records

Polo G – ‘RAPSTAR’ – Columbia Records

Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. – ‘FRANCHISE’ – Cactus Jack / Epic Records

BEST ROCK

Evanescence – ‘Use My Voice’ – BMG

Foo Fighters – ‘Shame Shame’ – Roswell Records / RCA Records

John Mayer – ‘Last Train Home’ – Columbia Records

The Killers – ‘My Own Soul’s Warning’ – Island

Kings Of Leon – ‘The Bandit’ – RCA Records

Lenny Kravitz – ‘Raise Vibration’ – Roxie Records / BMG

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Bleachers – ‘Stop Making This Hurt’ – RCA Records

Glass Animals – ‘Heat Waves’ – Republic Records

Imagine Dragons – ‘Follow You’ – KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records

Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear – ‘my ex’s best friend’ – Bad Boy / Interscope Records

twenty one pilots – ‘Shy Away’ – Fueled By Ramen

WILLOW ft. Travis Barker – ‘t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l’ – MSFTSMusic / Roc Nation

BEST LATIN

Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez – ‘Dakiti’

Billie Eilish & ROSALIA – ‘Lo Vas A Olvidar’

Black Eyed Peas and Shakira – ‘GIRL LIKE ME’

J. Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy – ‘UN DIA (ONE DAY)’

Karol G – ‘Bichota’

Maluma – ‘Hawai’

BEST R&B

Beyonce, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – ‘BROWN SKIN GIRL’ – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – ‘Leave The Door Open’ – Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records

Chris Brown and Young Thug – ‘Go Crazy’ – Chris Brown Entertainment/RCA Records

Giveon – ‘HEARTBREAK ANNIVERSARY’ – Epic Records / Not So Fast

H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown – ‘Come Through’ – MBK Entertainment / RCA Records

SZA – ‘Good Days’ – Top Dawg Entertainment / RCA Records

BEST K-POP

(G)I-DLE – ‘DUMDi DUMDi’ – Republic Records

BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez – ‘Ice Cream’ – YG Entertainment / Interscope Records

BTS – ‘Butter’ – BIGHIT MUSIC Monsta X – ‘Gambler’ – Starship Entertainment

SEVENTEEN – ‘Ready to love’ – Pledis Entertainment

TWICE – ‘Alcohol-Free’ – JYP Entertainment Company

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Billie Eilish – ‘Your Power’ – Darkroom / Interscope Records

Demi Lovato – ‘Dancing With The Devil’ – Island

H.E.R. – ‘Fight For You’ – MBK Entertainment / RCA Records

Kane Brown – ‘Worldwide Beautiful’ – Sony Music Nashville / RCA Records

Lil Nas X – ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ – Columbia Records

Pharrell Williams ft. JAY-Z – ‘Entrepreneur’ – Columbia Records

BEST DIRECTION

Billie Eilish – ‘Your Power’ – Darkroom / Interscope Records – Directed by: Billie Eilish

DJ Khaled ft. Drake – ‘POPSTAR (Starring Justin Bieber)’ – OVO / We The Best / Epic Records – Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X

Lil Nas X – ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ – Columbia Records – Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino

Taylor Swift – ‘willow’ – Republic Records – Directed by: Taylor Swift

Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A – ‘Franchise’ – Cactus Jack / Epic Records – Directed by: Travis Scott

Tyler, The Creator – ‘LUMBERJACK’ – Columbia Records – Directed by: Wolf Haley

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Beyonce, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – ‘BROWN SKIN GIRL’ – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records – Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, MOHAMMAED ATTA AHMED, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant

Billie Eilish – ‘Therefore I Am’ – Darkroom / Interscope Records – Cinematography by: Rob Witt

Foo Fighters – ‘Shame Shame’ – Roswell Records / RCA Records – Cinematography by: Santiago Gonzalez

Justin Bieber ft. Chance The Rapper – ‘Holy’ – RBMG/Def Jam – Cinematography by: Elias Talbot

Lady Gaga – ‘911’ – Interscope Records – Cinematography by: Jeff Cronenweth

Lorde – ‘Solar Power’ – LAVA/Republic Records – Cinematography by: Andrew Stroud

BEST ART DIRECTION

Beyonce, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – ‘ALREADY’ – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records – Art Direction by: Susan Linns, Gerard Santos

Ed Sheeran – ‘Bad Habits’ – Atlantic Records – Art Direction by: Alison Dominitz

Lady Gaga – ‘911’ – Interscope Records – Art Direction by: Tom Foden, Peter Andrus

Lil Nas X – ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ – Columbia Records – Art Direction by: John Richoux

Saweetie ft. Doja Cat – ‘Best Friend’ – Warner Records – Art Direction by: Art Haynes

Taylor Swift – ‘willow’ – Republic Records – Art Direction by: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Bella Poarch – ‘Build A Bitch’ – Warner Records – Visual Effects by: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina Vetrova

Coldplay – ‘Higher Power’ – Atlantic Records – Visual Effects by: Mathematic

Doja Cat & The Weeknd – ‘You Right’ – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records – Visual Effects by: La Pac, Anthony Lestremau, Julien Missaire, Petr Shkolniy, Alexi Bailla, Micha Sher, Antoine Hache, Mikros MPC, Nicolas Huget, Guillaume Ho Tsong Fang, Benjamin Lenfant, Stephane Pivron, MPC Bangalore, Chanakya Chander, Raju Ganesh, David Rouxel

Glass Animals – ‘Tangerine’ – Republic Records – Visual Effects by: Ronan Fourreau

Lil Nas X – ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ – Columbia Records – Visual Effects by: Mathematic

P!NK – ‘All I Know So Far’ – RCA Records – Visual Effects by: Dave Meyers, Freenjoy Inc

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Ariana Grande – ’34+35′ – Republic Records – Choreography by: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson

BTS – ‘Butter’ – BIGHIT MUSIC – Choreography by: SON SUNG DEUK With BHM PERFORMANCE DIRECTING TEAM

Ed Sheeran – ‘Bad Habits’ – Atlantic Records – Choreography by: Natricia Bernard

Foo Fighters – ‘Shame Shame’ – Roswell Records / RCA Records – Choreography by: Nina McNeely

Harry Styles – ‘Treat People With Kindness’ – Columbia Records – Choreography by: Paul Roberts

Marshmello & Halsey – ‘Be Kind’ – Astralwerks / Capitol Records – Choreography by: Dani Vitale

BEST EDITING

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – ‘Leave The Door Open’ – Aftermath Entertainment/Atlantic Records – Editing by: Troy Charbonnet

BTS – ‘Butter’ – BIGHIT MUSIC – Editing by: Yong Seok Choi from Lumpens

Drake – ‘What’s Next’ – OVO/Republic Records – Editing by: Noah Kendal

Harry Styles – ‘Treat People With Kindness’ – Columbia Records – Editing by: Claudia Wass

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – ‘Peaches’ – Def Jam – Editing by: Mark Mayr, Vinnie Hobbs

Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa – ‘Prisoner’ – RCA Records

As previously announced, MTV is collaborating with 9/11 Day, the nonprofit that began and leads the federally recognised September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, for a series of service-oriented activities during the week leading up to the VMAs, promoting awareness and positive action in observance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, reported Variety.

The 2021 VMAs return to New York City this year, airing live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on September 12 at 8 pm ET/PT, airing across MTV’s linear and digital platforms in 180 countries and territories.

The show will simulcast across CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land, VH1 and The CW Network, making the show available to an expanded broadcast audience for the second consecutive year. (ANI)

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