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2021 MTV Video Music Awards: See full nominees list

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On Wednesday, August 11, 2021, the nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards 2021 were announced.

Photo: Twitter

Justin Bieber has the most nominations this year, with seven, followed by Megan thee Stallion, who has six. BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Giveon and Olivia Rodrigo, who was nominated for the first time, all received five nominations.

The show will air live from the Barclays Center in New York on September 12 at 8 p.m.

The 14 gender-neutral categories will be up for voting until September 3, 2021.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR


Cardi B featuring Megan thee Stallion – WAP
DJ Khaled featuring Drake – Popstar (starring Justin Bieber)
Doja Cat featuring SZA – Kiss Me More
Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name)
The Weeknd – Save Your Tears

 

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ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ariana Grande
Doja Cat
Justin Bieber
Megan thee Stallion
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

SONG OF THE YEAR

24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior – Mood
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open
BTS – Dynamite
Cardi B featuring Megan thee Stallion – WAP
Dua Lipa – Levitating
Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License

BEST NEW ARTIST, Presented by Facebook

24kGoldn
Giveon
The Kid LAROI
Olivia Rodrigo
Polo G
Saweetie

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

September 2020: Wallows – Are You Bored Yet?
October 2020: Ashnikko – Daisy
November 2020: SAINt JHN – Gorgeous
December 2020: 24kGoldn – Coco
January 2021: JC Stewart – Break My Heart
February 2021: Latto – Sex Lies
March 2021: Madison Beer – Selfish
April 2021: The Kid LAROI – Without You
May 2021: Olivia Rodrigo – drivers license
June 2021: girl in red – Serotonin
July 2021: Fousheé – my slime
August 2021: jxdn – Think About Me

BEST COLLABORATION

24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior – Mood
Cardi B featuring Megan thee Stallion – WAP
Doja Cat featuring SZA – Kiss Me More
Drake featuring Lil Durk – Laugh Now Cry Later
Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar, Giveon – Peaches
Miley Cyrus featuring Dua Lipa – Prisoner

BEST POP

Ariana Grande – Positions
Billie Eilish – Therefore I Am
BTS – Butter
Harry Styles – Treat People With Kindness
Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar, Giveon – Peaches
Olivia Rodrigo – Good 4 U
Shawn Mendes – Wonder
Taylor Swift – Willow

BEST HIP-HOP


Cardi B featuring Megan thee Stallion – WAP
Drake featuring Lil Durk – Laugh Now Cry Later
Lil Baby featuring Megan thee Stallion – On Me (remix)
Moneybagg Yo – Said Sum
Polo G – RAPSTAR
Travis Scott featuring Young Thug & MIA – Franchise

 

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BEST ROCK

Evanescence – Use My Voice
Foo Fighters – Shame Shame
John Mayer – Last Train Home
The Killers – My Own Soul’s Warning
Kings Of Leon – The Bandit
Lenny Kravitz – Raise Vibration

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Bleachers – Stop Making This Hurt
Glass Animals – Heat Waves
Imagine Dragons – Follow You
Machine Gun Kelly featuring Blackbear – My Ex’s Best Friend
Twenty One Pilots – Shy Away
Willow featuring Travis Barker – Transparent Soul

BEST LATIN

Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez – Dákiti
Billie Eilish & ROSALÍA – Lo Vas A Olvidar
Black Eyed Peas and Shakira – Girl Like Me
J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy – Un Dia (One Day)
Karol G – Bichota
Maluma – Hawái

BEST R&B

Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – Brown Skin Girl
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open
Chris Brown and Young Thug – Go Crazy
Giveon – Heartbreak Anniversary
HER ft. Chris Brown – Come Through
SZA – Good Days

BEST K-POP

(G)I-DLE – DUMDi DUMDi
BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez – Ice Cream
BTS – Butter
Monsta X – Gambler
SEVENTEEN – Ready to love
TWICE – Alcohol-Free

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Billie Eilish – Your Power
Demi Lovato – Dancing With the Devil
HER – Fight For You
Kane Brown – Worldwide Beautiful
Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name)
Pharrell Williams featuring JAY Z – Entrepreneur

BEST DIRECTION

Billie Eilish – Your Power – Directed by: Billie Eilish
DJ Khaled featuring Drake – Popstar (starring Justin Bieber) – Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X
Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name) – Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino
Taylor Swift – Willow – Directed by: Taylor Swift
Travis Scott featuring Young Thug & MIA – Franchise – Directed by: Travis Scott
Tyler the Creator – Lumberjack – Directed by: Wolf Haley

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – Brown Skin Girl – Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammed Atta Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant
Billie Eilish – Therefore I Am – Cinematography by: Rob Witt
Foo Fighters – Shame Shame – Cinematography by: Santiago Gonzalez
Justin Bieber featuring Chance The Rapper – Holy –Cinematography by: Elias Talbot
Lady Gaga – 911 – Cinematography by: Jeff Cronenweth
Lorde – Solar Power – Cinematography by: Andrew Stroud

BEST ART DIRECTION

Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – Already – Art Direction by: Susan Linns, Gerard Santos
Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits – Art Direction by: Alison Dominitz
Lady Gaga – 911 – Art Direction by: Tom Foden, Peter Andrus
Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name) – Art Direction by: John Richoux
Saweetie featuring Doja Cat – Best Friend – Art Direction by: Art Haynes
Taylor Swift – willow – Art Direction by: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Bella Poarch – Build a Bitch – Visual Effects by: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina Vetrova
Coldplay – Higher Power – Visual Effects by: Mathematic
Doja Cat & The Weeknd – You Right – 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 – Visual Effects by: Ronan Fourreau
Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name) – Visual Effects by: Mathematic
P!NK – All I Know So Far – Visual Effects by: Dave Meyers, Freenjoy Inc

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Ariana Grande – 34+35 – Choreography by: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson
BTS – Butter – Choreography by: Son Sung Deuk with BHM Performance Directing Team
Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits – Choreography by: Natricia Bernard
Foo Fighters – Shame Shame – Choreography by: Nina McNeely
Harry Styles – Treat People With Kindness – Choreography by: Paul Roberts
Marshmello & Halsey – Be Kind – Choreography by: Dani Vitale

 

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BEST EDITING

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open – Editing by: Troy Charbonnet
BTS – Butter – Editing by: Yong Seok Choi from Lumpens
Drake – What’s Next – Editing by: Noah Kendal
Harry Styles – Treat People With Kindness – Editing by: Claudia Wass
Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar, Giveon – Peaches – Editing by: Mark Mayr, Vinnie Hobbs
Miley Cyrus featuring Dua Lipa – Prisoner


Written by Ralph Okobz

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