Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande Lead 2019 MTV VMAs Nominations

With the MTV Video Music Awards around the corner, the 2019 nominations are in and Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish leading the charge.

Both Grande and Swift, who have 10 nods each, will be up against each other in most of the same categories, including Video Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop. But Swift only has two videos eligible (“ME!” and “You Need to Calm Down”), while Grande has four (“Thank U, Next,” “7 Rings,” “God is a Woman” and 2 Chain’s “Rule the World”).

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Meanwhile, Eilish follows closely behind with nine nominations, including Best New Artist.

“Old Town Road” hitmaker Lil Nas X earned eight nods himself, sliding behind Eilish in third.

Along with their nominations announcement, MTV has introduced two categories Video For Good (Halsey – “Nightmare”, The Killers – “Land of the Free”, Jamie N Commons & Skylar Grey – “Runaway Train (ft. Gallant)”, John Legend – “Preach”, Lil Dicky – “Earth” and Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”) and Best K-Pop (BTS – “Boy With Luv (ft. Halsey)”, BLACKPINK – “Kill This Love”, Monsta X – “Who Do You Love (ft. French Montana)”, TOMORROW X TOGETHER – “Cat & Dog”, NCT 127 – “Regular” and EXO – “Tempo”).

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The 2019 MTV VMAs will air live on August 26.

See the full list of nominees below:

Video Of The Year

21 Savage – “a lot (ft. J. Cole)”

Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”

Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”

Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”

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

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”

Artist Of The Year

Cardi B

Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande

Halsey

Jonas Brothers

Shawn Mendes

Song Of The Year

Drake – “In My Feelings”

Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”

Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”

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

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”

Best New Artist

Ava Max

Billie Eilish

H.E.R.

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

ROSALÍA

Best Collaboration

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

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita”

Taylor Swift – “ME! (ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco)”

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

BTS – “Boy With Luv (ft. Halsey)”

Push Artist Of The Year

Bazzi

CNCO

Billie Eilish

H.E.R.

Lauv

Lizzo

Best Pop

5 Seconds of Summer – “Easier”

Cardi B & Bruno Mars – “Please Me”

Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”

Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”

Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”

Khalid – “Talk”

Best Hip-Hop

2 Chainz – “Rule the World (ft. Ariana Grande)”

21 Savage – “a lot (ft. J. Cole)””

Cardi B – “Money”

DJ Khaled – “Higher (ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend)”

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

Travis Scott – “SICKO MODE (ft. Drake)”

Best R&B

Anderson .Paak – “Make It Better (ft. Smokey Robinson)”

Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer”

H.E.R. – “Could’ve Been (ft. Bryson Tiller)”

Alicia Keys – “Raise A Man”

Ella Mai – “Trip”

Normani – “Waves (ft. 6lack)”

Best K-Pop

BTS – “Boy With Luv (ft. Halsey)”

BLACKPINK – “Kill This Love”

Monsta X – “Who Do You Love (ft. French Montana)”

TOMORROW X TOGETHER – “Cat & Dog”

NCT 127 – “Regular”

EXO – “Tempo”

Best Latin

Anuel AA & Karol G – “Secreto”

Bad Bunny – “MIA (ft. Drake)”

benny blanco – “I Can’t Get Enough (ft. Tainy, Selena Gomez & J Balvin)”

Daddy Yankee – “Con Calma (ft. Snow)”

Maluma – “Mala Mía”

ROSALÍA & J Balvin – “Con Altura (ft. El Guincho)”

Best Dance

The Chainsmokers – “Call You Mine (ft. Bebe Rexha)”

Clean Bandit – “Solo (ft. Demi Lovato)”

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

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

Marshmello & Bastille – “Happier”

Silk City & Dua Lipa – “Electricity”

Best Rock

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”

Video For Good

Halsey – “Nightmare”

The Killers – “Land of the Free”

Jamie N Commons & Skylar Grey – “Runaway Train (ft. Gallant)”

John Legend – “Preach”

Lil Dicky – “Earth”

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”

Best Direction

Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” – Directed by Dave Meyers

FKA twigs – “Cellophane” – Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang

Ariana Grande – “thank you, next” – Directed by Hannah Lux Davis

Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road (ft. Billy Ray Cyrus)” (Remix) – Directed by Calmatic

LSD – “No New Friends” – Directed by Dano Cerny

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Directed by Drew Kirsch & Taylor Swift

Best Visual Effects

Billie Eilish – “when the party’s over” – Visual Effects by Ryan Ross, Andres Jaramillo

FKA twigs – “Cellophane” – Visual Effects by Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti for Analog

Ariana Grande – “God is a Woman” – Visual Effects by Fabrice Lagayette, Kristina Prilukova & Rebecca Rice for Mathematic

DJ Khaled – “Just Us (ft. SZA)” – Visual Effects by Sergii Mashevskyi

LSD – “No New Friends” – Visual Effects by Ethan Chancer

Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – “ME!” – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier & Lucas Salton for BUF VFX

Best Editing

Anderson .Paak – “Tints (ft. Kendrick Lamar)” – Editing by Elias Talbot

Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road (ft. Billy Ray Cyrus)” (Remix) – Editing by Calmatic

Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” – Editing by Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” – Editing by Hannah Lux Davis & Taylor Walsh

Solange – “Almeda” – Editing by Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs, Jonathon Proctor

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Editing by Jarrett Fijal

Best Art Direction

BTS – “Boy With Luv (ft. Halsey)” – Art Direction by JinSil Park, BoNa Kim (MU:E)

Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” – Art Direction by John Richoux

Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road (ft. Billy Ray Cyrus)” (Remix) – Art Direction by Itaru Dela Vegas

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” – Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Art Direction by Brittany Porter

Kanye West and Lil’ Pump – “I Love It (ft. Adele Givens)” – Art Direction by Tino Schaedler

Best Choreography

FKA twigs – “Cellophane” – Choreography by Kelly Yvonne

ROSALÍA & J Balvin – “Con Altura (ft. El Guincho)” – Choreography by Charm La’Donna

LSD – “No New Friends” – Choreography by Ryan Heffington

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” – Island Records – Choreography by Calvit Hodge, Sara Biv

Solange – “Almeda” – Choreography by Maya Taylor, Solange Knowles

BTS – “Boy With Luv (ft. Halsey)” – Choreography by Rie Hata

Best Cinematography

Anderson .Paak – “Tints (ft. Kendrick Lamar)” – Cinematography by Elias Talbot

Billie Eilish – “hostage” – Cinematography by Pau Castejon

Ariana Grande – “thank you, next” – Cinematography by Christopher Probst

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” – Cinematography by Scott Cunningham

Solange – “Almeda” – Cinematography by Chayse Irvin, Ryan Marie Helfant, Justin Hamilton

Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – “ME!” – Cinematography by Starr Whitesides

 

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