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    MTV VMAs 2021: Justin Bieber & Megan Thee Stallion Lead Nominations

    MTV is gearing up for a night celebrating music once again, live from Barclays Center on Sunday, September 12.

    The nominations for the 2021 Video Music Awards have been announced, and leading the pack are Justin Bieber and Megan Thee Stallion, with seven and six, respectively. Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X, and first-time nominee Olivia Rodrigo each received five.

    Fans can now start voting (through Friday, September 3) for their favorites across 14 gender-neutral categories (including Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Best Collaboration) at vma.mtv.com. Fans will be able to vote for Best New Artist (Presented by Facebook) into the show. The VMAs will air live and be simulcast across CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land, VH1, and The CW Network.

    The VMAs are set to be one of the first awards shows with fans in New York City since the city reopened. MTV and Barclays Center are working closely with state and local officials to ensure everyone’s safety. MTV is also collaborating with 9/11 Day, the nonprofit that began and leads the federally recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, for a series of service-oriented activities in the week leading up to the VMAs. This will promote awareness and positive action in observance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

    Check out the complete list of 2021 nominees below. (Note: Nominations for social categories including Best Group and Song of Summer will be announced at a later date.)

    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: Fousheé – “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 – “Dákiti” – The Orchard
    Billie Eilish & ROSALÍA – “Lo Vas A Olvidar” – Darkroom / Interscope Records
    Black Eyed Peas and Shakira – “GIRL LIKE ME” – Epic Records
    J. Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy – “UN DIA (ONE DAY)” – Universal Music Latino / NEON16
    Karol G – “Bichota” – Universal Music Latino
    Maluma – “Hawái” – Sony Music US Latin

    Best R&B

    Beyoncé, 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

    Beyoncé, 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

    Beyoncé, 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

    2021 VMAs, Sunday, September 12, 8/7c, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land, VH1 and The CW Network

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