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VMA nominations are here!

By: Alexandra Varkarotas

The award show is introducing two new categories this year, including K-pop and video for good. The video for good category celebrates songs that bring attention to various issues.

The 2019 MTV Music Video Awards ceremony is set for August 26, 2019. Known for infamous moments, such as when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift at the 2009 ceremony, the VMAs are voted for by fans.

See the complete list of nominations below.

Video of the Year
  • “a lot,” 21 Savage ft. J. Cole
  • “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish
  • “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
Artist of the Year
  • Cardi B
  • Billie Eilish
  • Ariana Grande
  • Halsey
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Shawn Mendes
Song of the Year
  • “In My Feelings,” Drake
  • “thank u, next,” Ariana Grande
  • “Sucker,” Jonas Brothers
  • “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
  • Billie Eilish
  • H.E.R.
  • Lil Nas X
  • Lizzo
  • 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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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,” Billie Eilish | Directed by Dave Meyers
  • “Cellophane,” FKA twigs | Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang
  • “thank you, next,” Ariana Grande | Directed by Hannah Lux Davis
  •  “Old Town Road (Remix),” Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus | Directed by Calmatic
  •  “No New Friends,” LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo | Directed by Dano Cerny
  •  “You Need to Calm Down,” Taylor Swift | Directed by Drew Kirsch & Taylor Swift
Best Visual Effects
  • “when the party’s over,” Billie Eilish | Visual Effects by Ryan Ross, Andres Jaramillo
  •  “Cellophane,” FKA twigs | Visual Effects by Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti for Analog
  • “God is a Woman,” Ariana Grande | Visual Effects by Fabrice Lagayette, Kristina Prilukova & Rebecca Rice for Mathematic
  • “Just Us,” DJ Khaled ft. SZA | Visual Effects by Sergii Mashevskyi
  • “No New Friends,” LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo | Visual Effects by Ethan Chancer
  • “ME!” Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco | Visual Effects by Loris Paillier & Lucas Salton for BUF VFX
Best Editing
  • “Tints,” Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar | Editing by Elias Talbot
  • “Old Town Road (Remix),” Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus | Editing by Calmatic
  • “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish | Editing by Billie Eilish
  • “7 Rings,” Ariana Grande | Editing by Hannah Lux Davis & Taylor Walsh
  • “Almeda,” Solange | Editing by Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs, Jonathon Proctor
  • “You Need to Calm Down,” Taylor Swift | Editing by Jarrett Fijal
Best Art Direction
  • “Boy With Luv,” BTS ft. Halsey | Art Direction by JinSil Park, BoNa Kim (MU:E)
  • “7 Rings,” Ariana Grande | Art Direction by John Richoux
  • “Old Town Road (Remix),” Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus | Art Direction by Itaru Dela Vegas
  • “Señorita,” Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello | Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter
  • “You Need to Calm Down,” Taylor Swift | Art Direction by Brittany Porter
  • “I Love It,” Kanye West and Lil’ Pump ft. Adele Givens | Art Direction by Tino Schaedler
Best Choreography
  • “Cellophane,” FKA twigs | Choreography by Kelly Yvonne
  • “Con Altura,” ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho | Choreography by Charm La’Donna
  • “No New Friends,” LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo | Choreography by Ryan Heffington
  • “Señorita,” Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello | Choreography by Calvit Hodge, Sara Biv
  • “Almeda,” Solange | Choreography by Maya Taylor, Solange Knowles
  • “Boy With Luv,” BTS ft. Halsey | Choreography by Rie Hata
Best Cinematography
  • “Tints,” Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar | Cinematography by Elias Talbot
  • “hostage,” Billie Eilish | Cinematography by Pau Castejon
  • “thank you, next,” Ariana Grande | Cinematography by Christopher Probst
  • “Señorita,” Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello | Cinematography by Scott Cunningham
  • “Almeda,” Solange | Cinematography by Chayse Irvin, Ryan Marie Helfant, Justin Hamilton
  • “ME!” Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco | Cinematography by Starr Whitesides

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