Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift are ruling the 2019 VMA nominations

By Bryan Durham - July 24, 2019

We CAN’T keep calm because the nominations for 2019 MTV Video Music Awards are here. No prizes for guessing, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande are leading the nominations as they have earned 10 nods each. What’s got us the most excited is to see first time VMA contenders Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X on the top list with nine and eight nods respectively. 

Music junkies can cast their votes at vma.mtv.com across 14 different categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year” and more. Fans can also vote via Social Media by messaging the VMAs’ on Twitter and Facebook Messenger, as well as through Alexa-enabled devices. 

This year’s VMA nominations are ruled by women and we are SO thrilled about it. They have also 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.

Have a look at the FULL list of nominees and vote for them. Go go go…

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
21 Savage ft. J. Cole – “a lot”
Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” 
Ariana Grande – “thank u, next” 
Jonas Brothers – “Sucker” 
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (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 ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” 
Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” 

BEST NEW ARTIST, presented by Taco Bell
Ava Max 
Billie Eilish 
H.E.R. 
Lil Nas X 
Lizzo
ROSALÍA 

BEST COLLABORATION
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” 
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow” 
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” 
Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – “ME!” 
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care” 
BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv”

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”
Khalid – “Talk”
Jonas Brothers – “Sucker” 
Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” 

BEST HIP HOP
2 Chainz ft. Ariana Grande – “Rule the World”
21 Savage ft. J. Cole – “a lot”
Cardi B – “Money” 
DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher” 
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” 
Travis Scott ft. Drake – “SICKO MODE” 

BEST R&B
Anderson .Paak ft. Smokey Robinson – “Make It Better” 
Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer” 
H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller – “Could’ve Been” 
Alicia Keys – “Raise A Man”
Ella Mai – “Trip” 
Normani ft. 6lack – “Waves” 

BEST K-POP
BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv”
BLACKPINK – “Kill This Love” 
Monsta X ft. French Montana – “Who Do You Love”
TOMORROW X TOGETHER – “Cat & Dog” 
NCT 127 – “Regular”
EXO – “Tempo” 

BEST LATIN
Anuel AA, Karol G – “Secreto” 
Bad Bunny ft. Drake – “MIA” 
benny blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez, J Balvin – “I Can’t Get Enough” 
Daddy Yankee ft. Snow – “Con Calma” 
Maluma – “Mala Mía” 
ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura” 

BEST DANCE
The Chainsmokers ft. Bebe Rexha – “Call You Mine” 
Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato – “Solo” 
DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B – “Taki Taki” 
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 ft. Gallant – “Runaway Train” 
John Legend – “Preach” 
Lil Dicky – “Earth”
Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” 

BEST DIRECTION
Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” 
FKA twigs – “Cellophane” – Young Turks 
Ariana Grande – “thank you, next” 
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” 
LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends”
Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Billie Eilish – “when the party’s over”
FKA twigs – “Cellophane” 
Ariana Grande – “God is a Woman” 
DJ Khaled ft. SZA – “Just Us” 
LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends”
Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – “ME!” 

BEST EDITING
Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Tints” 
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” 
Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” 
Solange – “Almeda” 
Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” 

BEST ART DIRECTION
BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv”
Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” 
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” 
Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” 
Kanye West and Lil’ Pump ft. Adele Givens – “I Love It” 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
FKA twigs – “Cellophane” – Young Turks 
ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura” 
LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends”
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” 
Solange – “Almeda” 
BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv” 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Tints” 
Billie Eilish – “hostage” 
Ariana Grande – “thank you, next”
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” 
Solange – “Almeda” 
Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – “ME!” 

The MTV VMAs will air live from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Aug. 26.

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