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Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift Lead MTV VMA Nominations

Written by Our Correspondent

Ladies rule the 2019 Video Music Award nominations, with Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift leading this year’s list of contenders for the annual MTV award show at 10 nominations each.

The VMA nominations have also recognized recent break-through talent Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X. Each are up for best new artist. They both also received nominations for video of the year.

The VMAs introduced two new categories this year. One is best K-Pop, which includes a nomination for “Boy With Luv” from BTS, featuring Halsey. The other category is video for good, which includes nominations for John Legend’s socially conscious “Preach” and Lil Dicky’s “Earth,” which donates proceeds from that song’s sales to environmental charities

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The 2019 VMAs, hosted by comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, will air on August 26.

Here the full list of nominees:

  • VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“a lot,” 21 Savage ft. J. Cole

“Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish

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“thank u, next,” Ariana Grande

“Sucker,” Jonas Brothers

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

“You Need to Calm Down,” Taylor Swift

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  • ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Cardi B

Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande

Halsey

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Jonas Brothers

Shawn Mendes

  • SONG OF THE YEAR

“thank u, next,” Ariana Grande

“Sucker,” Jonas Brothers

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“Shallow,” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

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

“You Need to Calm Down,” Taylor Swift

  • BEST NEW ARTIST

Ava Max

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Billie Eilish

H.E.R.

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

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ROSALÍA

  • BEST COLLABORATION

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

“Shallow,” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

“Señorita,” Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

“ME!,” Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco

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

“Boy With Luv,” BTS ft. Halsey

  • PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Bazzi

CNCO

Billie Eilish

H.E.R.

Lauv

Lizzo

  • BEST POP

“Easier,” 5 Seconds of Summer

“Please Me,” Cardi B & Bruno Mars

“Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish

“Talk,” Khalid

“thank u, next,” Ariana Grande

“Sucker,” Jonas Brothers

“You Need to Calm Down,” Taylor Swift

  • BEST HIP HOP

“Rule the World,” 2 Chainz ft. Ariana Grande

“a lot,” 21 Savage ft. J. Cole

“Money,” Cardi B

“Higher,” DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend

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

“SICKO MODE,” Travis Scott ft. Drake

  • BEST R&B

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

“Feels Like Summer,” Childish Gambino

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

“Raise A Man,” Alicia Keys

“Trip,” Ella Mai

“Waves,” Normani ft. 6lack

  • BEST K-POP

“Boy With Luv,” BTS ft. Halsey

“Kill This Love,” BLACKPINK

“Who Do You Love,” Monsta X ft. French Montana

“Cat & Dog,” TOMORROW X TOGETHER

“Regular,” NCT 127

“Tempo,” EXO

  • BEST LATIN

“Secreto,” Anuel AA, Karol G

“MIA,” Bad Bunny ft. Drake

“I Can’t Get Enough,” benny blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez, J Balvin

“Con Calma,” Daddy Yankee ft. Snow

“Mala Mía,” Maluma

“Con Altura,” ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho

  • BEST DANCE

“Call You Mine,” The Chainsmokers ft. Bebe Rexha

“Solo,” Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato

“Taki Taki,” DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B

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

“Happier,” Marshmello & Bastille

“Electricity,” Silk City & Dua Lipa

  • BEST ROCK

“Love It If We Made It,” The 1975

“Bishops Knife Trick,” Fall Out Boy

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“Natural,” Imagine Dragons

“Low,” Lenny Kravitz

“High Hopes,” Panic! At The Disco

“My Blood,” twenty one pilots

  • VIDEO FOR GOOD

“Nightmare,” Halsey

“Land of the Free,” The Killers

“Runaway Train,” Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey ft. Gallant

“Preach,” John Legend

“Earth,” Lil Dicky

“You Need to Calm Down,” Taylor Swift

  • BEST DIRECTION

“Bad Guy,” Dave Meyers

“Cellophane,” Andrew Thomas Huang

“thank you, next,” Hannah Lux Davis

“Old Town Road (Remix),” Calmatic

“No New Friends,” Dano Cerny

“You Need to Calm Down,” Drew Kirsch & Taylor Swift

  • BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

“when the party’s over,” Ryan Ross, Andres Jaramillo

“Cellophane,” Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti for Analog

“God is a Woman,” Fabrice Lagayette, Kristina Prilukova & Rebecca Rice for Mathematic

“Just Us,” Sergii Mashevskyi

“No New Friends,” Ethan Chancer

“ME!,” Loris Paillier & Lucas Salton for BUF VFX

  • BEST EDITING

“Tints,” Elias Talbot

“Old Town Road (Remix),” Calmatic

“Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish

“7 Rings,” Hannah Lux Davis & Taylor Walsh

“Almeda,” Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs, Jonathon Proctor

“You Need to Calm Down,” Jarrett Fijal

  • BEST ART DIRECTION

“Boy With Luv,” JinSil Park, BoNa Kim (MU:E)

“7 Rings,” John Richoux

“Old Town Road (Remix),” Itaru Dela Vegas

“Señorita,” Tatiana Van Sauter

“You Need to Calm Down,” Brittany Porter

“I Love It,” Tino Schaedler

  • BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

“Cellophane,” Kelly Yvonne

“Con Altura,” Charm La’Donna

“No New Friends,” Ryan Heffington

“Señorita,” Calvit Hodge, Sara Biv

“Almeda,” Maya Taylor, Solange Knowles

“Boy With Luv,” Rie Hata

  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

“Tints,” Elias Talbot

“hostage,” Pau Castejon

“thank you, next,” Christopher Probst

“Señorita,” Scott Cunningham

“Almeda,” Chayse Irvin, Ryan Marie Helfant, Justin Hamilton

“ME!,” Starr Whitesides

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