MTV VMA nominations reflect changing times, include Best Quarantine Performance and Best Music Video From Home

Popstars Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the charge with nine nominations each, while Billie Eilish and The Weeknd have six nominations each


                            MTV VMA nominations reflect changing times, include Best Quarantine Performance and Best Music Video From Home
Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga (YouTube)

The MTV VMAs aka MTV Video Music Awards have just released their new list of nominations for their highly-anticipated annual awards ceremony that will be held at the end of August. In a reflection of the changing times we live in, alongside standard categories like Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year (there are 15 gender-neutral categories in total), we also have two brand-new categories in, Best Quarantine Performance and Best Music Video From Home, which no doubt will have fans pleased that MTV is keeping themselves up to date with our current restricted climate. MTV had previously revealed 17 nominees for their PUSH Best New Artist category last week, although the nominations have now been reduced to just six artistes on their official site.

Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019, in Newark, New Jersey (Getty Images)

 

The main ceremony for the 2020 MTV VMAs will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (besides presentations from various other locations in New York) on Sunday, August 30 at 8 pm ET, and will be available for viewing and streaming on MTV's linear and digital platforms. Fans can now vote up to 20 times a day for their favorite artistes in each of the 21 different categories over the next few weeks, until voting closes on Sunday, August 23. However, voting for the PUSH Best New Artist category will remain open until the day of the ceremony, i.e. August 30. You can check out the full list of categories and artiste nominations on their official site by clicking here. MTV encourages you to cast your votes and then come back the next day so you can vote again, and thus propel your cherished artistes to the top of the pecking order.



 

 

There are no surprises when it comes to the big hitters on the list, with the popstars Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga both nabbing a stunning nine nominations each over the various categories. Both singers famously collaborated together on the song 'Rain On Me', so they're certainly going to be cheering each other on. Elsewhere, music sensations like the pop princess Billie Eilish (who just released a brand-new track 'My Future' on July 30) and the Canadian R&B star The Weeknd have received six nominations apiece, so there's plenty to be excited about. All four of these artistes have received nods in the hotly-contested Video of the Year category, so it'll be interesting to see who nabs the big prize. Here's the full breakdown of the various award categories below:  

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Billie Eilish – 'Everything I Wanted'
Eminem ft. Juice WRLD – 'Godzilla'
Future ft. Drake – 'Life Is Good'
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – 'Rain On Me'
Taylor Swift – 'The Man'
The Weeknd – 'Blinding Lights'



 


ARTIST OF THE YEAR
DaBaby
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Megan Thee Stallion
Post Malone
The Weeknd

SONG OF THE YEAR
Billie Eilish – 'Everything I Wanted'
Doja Cat – 'Say So'
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – 'Rain On Me'
Megan Thee Stallion – 'Savage'
Post Malone – 'Circles'
Roddy Ricch – 'The Box'

BEST COLLABORATION
Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – 'Stuck with U'
Black Eyed Peas ft. J Balvin – 'RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)'
Ed Sheeran ft. Khalid – 'Beautiful People'
Future ft. Drake – 'Life Is Good'
Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj – 'Tusa'
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – 'Rain On Me'

Doja Cat performs during the TIDAL's 5th Annual TIDAL X Benefit Concert in New York City (Getty Images)

 

PUSH BEST NEW ARTIST
Doja Cat
Jack Harlow
Lewis Capaldi
Roddy Ricch
Tate McRae
Yungblud

BEST POP
BTS – 'On'
Halsey – 'You Should Be Sad'
Jonas Brothers – 'What a Man Gotta Do'
Justin Bieber ft. Quavo – 'Intentions'
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – 'Rain On Me'
Taylor Swift – 'Lover'

BEST HIP-HOP
DaBaby – 'Bop'
Eminem ft. Juice WRLD – 'Godzilla'
Future ft. Drake – 'Life Is Good'
Megan Thee Stallion – 'Savage'
Roddy Ricch – 'The Box'
Travis Scott – 'Highest in the Room'



 

 

BEST ROCK
Blink-182 – 'Happy Days'
Coldplay – 'Orphans'
Evanescence – 'Wasted On You'
Fall Out Boy ft. Wyclef Jean – 'Dear Future Self (Hands Up)'
Green Day – 'Oh Yeah!'
The Killers – 'Caution'

BEST ALTERNATIVE
The 1975 – 'If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)'
All Time Low – 'Some Kind Of Disaster'
Finneas – 'Let’s Fall in Love for the Night'
Lana Del Rey – 'Doin’ Time'
Machine Gun Kelly – 'Bloody Valentine'
Twenty One Pilots – 'Level of Concern'

BEST LATIN
Anuel AA ft. Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G & J Balvin – 'China'
Bad Bunny – 'Yo Perreo Sola'
Black Eyed Peas ft. Ozuna & J Rey Soul – 'Mamacita'
J Balvin – 'Amarillo'
Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj – 'Tusa'
Maluma ft. J Balvin – 'Qué Pena'



 

BEST R&B
Alicia Keys – 'Underdog'
Chloe x Halle – 'Do It'
HER ft. YG – 'Slide'
Khalid ft. Summer Walker – 'Eleven'
Lizzo – 'Cuz I Love You'
The Weeknd – 'Blinding Lights'

BEST K-POP
(G)I-DLE – 'Oh My God'
BTS – 'On'
EXO – 'Obsession'
Monsta X – 'Someone's Someone'
Tomorrow X Together – '9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)'
Red Velvet – 'Psycho'

VIDEO FOR GOOD
Anderson .Paak – 'Lockdown'
Billie Eilish – 'All the Good Girls Go to Hell'
Demi Lovato – 'I Love Me'
HER - 'I Can’t Breathe'
Lil Baby – 'The Bigger Picture'
Taylor Swift – 'The Man'



 

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO FROM HOME
5 Seconds of Summer – 'Wildflower'
Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – 'Stuck with U'
Blink-182 – 'Happy Days'
Drake – 'Toosie Slide'
John Legend – 'Bigger Love'
Twenty One Pilots – 'Level of Concern'

BEST QUARANTINE PERFORMANCE
Chloe & Halle – 'Do It' from MTV’s Prom-athon
CNCO – Unplugged At Home
DJ D-Nice – Club MTV presents #DanceTogether
John Legend – #togetherathome Concert Series
Lady Gaga – 'Smile' from One World: Together At Home
Post Malone – Nirvana Tribute

BEST DIRECTION
Billie Eilish – 'Xanny' – Directed by Billie Eilish
Doja Cat – 'Say So' – Directed by Hannah Lux Davis
Dua Lipa – 'Don't Start Now' – Directed by Nabil
Harry Styles – 'Adore You' – Directed by Dave Meyers
Taylor Swift – 'The Man' – Directed by Taylor Swift
The Weeknd – 'Blinding Lights' – Directed by Anton Tammi



 

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
5 Seconds of Summer – 'Old Me' – Cinematography by Kieran Fowler
Camila Cabello ft. DaBaby – 'My Oh My' – Cinematography by Dave Meyers
Billie Eilish – 'All the Good Girls Go to Hell' – Cinematography by Christopher Probst
Katy Perry – 'Harleys In Hawaii' – Cinematography by Arnau Valls
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – 'Rain On Me' – Cinematography by Thomas Kloss
The Weeknd – 'Blinding Lights' – Cinematography by Oliver Millar

BEST ART DIRECTION
A$AP Rocky – 'Babushka Boi' – Art Direction by A$AP Rocky & Nadia Lee Cohen
Dua Lipa – 'Physical' – Art Direction by Anna Colomé Nogu ́
Harry Styles – 'Adore You' – Art Direction by Laura Ellis Cricks
Miley Cyrus – 'Mother’s Daughter' – Art Direction by Christian Stone
Selena Gomez – 'Boyfriend' – Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter
Taylor Swift – 'Lover' – Art Direction by Ethan Tobman

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Billie Eilish – 'All the Good Girls Go to Hell' – Visual Effects by Drive Studios
Demi Lovato – 'I Love Me' – Visual Effects by Hoody FX
Dua Lipa – 'Physical' – Visual Effects by EIGHTY4
Harry Styles – 'Adore You' – Visual Effects by Mathematic
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – 'Rain On Me' – Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios
Travis Scott – 'Highest in the Room' – Visual Effects by ARTJAIL, SCISSOR FILMS & FRENDER



 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
BTS – 'On' – Choreography by Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun, Lee Byung Eun
CNCO & Natti Natasha – 'Honey Boo' – Choreography by Kyle Hanagami
DaBaby – 'Bop' – Choreography by Dani Leigh and Cherry
Dua Lipa – 'Physical' – Choreography by Charm La'Donna
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – 'Rain On Me' – Choreography by Richy Jackson
Normani – 'Motivation' – Choreography by Sean Bankhead

BEST EDITING
Halsey – 'Graveyard' – Edited by Emilie Aubry, Janne Vartia & Tim Montana
James Blake – 'Can't Believe the Way We Flow' – Edited by Frank Lebon
Lizzo – 'Good As Hell' – Edited by Russell Santos & Sofia Kerpan
Miley Cyrus – 'Mother’s Daughter' – Edited by Alexandre Moors, Nuno Xico
Rosalía – 'A Palé' – Edited by Andre Jones
The Weeknd – 'Blinding Lights' – Edited by Janne Vartia & Tim Montana

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