Nominations for Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande rained down at the MTV Music Video Awards, which this year will include new categories for live performances and home-made music videos during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Gaga and Grande received nine nominations each Thursday, including video of the year for their dance hit No. 1 "Rain on Me." The track also competes for Song of the Year honors, Best Collaboration, Best Pop, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, and Best Choreography.
Billie Eilish and The Weekend, the second most nominated with six mentions each, will also compete for the video of the year award with "everything i wanted" and "Blinding Lights", respectively. Other grand prize nominees include Taylor Swift with "The Man," Future and Drake with "Life Is Good," and Eminem with "Godzilla," featuring the late rapper Juice WRLD.
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The VMAs, as these awards are also known for their acronym in English, will air live on August 30 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said last month that “the event will continue all security measures, including a limited audience or audience. "
In the Latin music section there are artists such as Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G, J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Maluma, some with multiple mentions. This year two categories were added to reflect the times of the pandemic: best music video from home, and best performance in quarantine. The latter includes the Latino boy group CNCO.
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Grande and Justin Bieber's No. 1 hit "Stuck with U" will compete for Best Music Video from Home along with Drake's "Toosie Slide", John Legend's "Bigger Love", 5 Seconds of Summer's "Wildflower" Blink-182's "Happy Days" and twenty-one pilots "Level of Concern," which topped the Billboard rock song list for seven weeks and says, "Would you be my little quarantine?"
The R&B duo Chloe x Halle, who have successfully promoted their new album during the pandemic with impressive live performances mostly from a tennis court outside their new home, are nominated for Best Quarantined Performance for the party's “Do It” virtual graduation class “Prom-athon”. Also nominated were "Smile" by Gaga, from the television special "One World: Together At Home"; the Legend concert "#togetherathome"; “Club MTV presents #DanceTogether”, by DJ D-Nice; CNCO's “MTV Unplugged At Home”; and Post Malone's tribute to Nirvana.
The nominated videos in the Latin music category are: “China” by Anuel AA with Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G and J Balvin; Bad Bunny's “I Perreo Alone”; “Mamacita” by Black Eyed Peas with Ozuna and J. Rey Soul; "Yellow" by J Balvin; "Tusa" by Karol G with Nicki Minaj, and "What a shame" by Maluma with J Balvin.
Aside from the pandemic, protest songs reflecting the experience of the black community created after the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others also received nominations. R&B star H.E.R.'s “I Can’t Breathe”, Anderson.Paak's “Lockdown” and Lil Baby's “The Bigger Picture” will compete in the video section for good.
Swift, who released a surprise album last week, will also be measured in that category with her sexism song "The Man." In total, the singer received five nominations, while Drake, Dua Lipa, J Balvin and Bieber each received four.
Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby - who released No. 1 pop hits this year - received three nominations each, including artist of the year. They compete with Gaga, Bieber, The Weeknd, and Post Malone.
BTS, Harry Styles, Roddy Ricch, Post Malone, Future, Karol G and Doja Cat - who topped the popularity charts this year with “Say So,” produced by Dr. Luke - also received three mentions.
From Thursday through August 23, fans will be able to vote for their VMAs favorites in 15 gender neutral categories on the official website.
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