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Justin Bieber and Megan Thee Stallion Lead 2021 MTV VMA Nominations

Justin Bieber leads the nominations for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, followed closely by Megan Thee Stallion.

Bieber earns seven nods, including Artist of the Year and Video of the Year for POPSTAR with DJ Khaled and Drake, as well as Best Pop and Best Collaboration for Peaches featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon.

Megan Thee Stallion scores six nominations including Artist of the Year and Video of the Year, Best Collaboration, and Best Hip-Hop for the Cardi B-assisted WAP. The Houston hottie is also nominated for a second time for Best Hip-Hop for Lil Babys On Me (Remix).

Drake, Doja Cat, Lil Nas X, Giveon, Billie Eilish, BTS, and Olivia Rodrigo each have five nominations, while Cardi B, 24kGoldn, Dua Lipa, and Taylor Swift follow with four. Other multiple nominees include Beyonc, Ariana Grande, and Bruno Mars with three apiece.

In the Video of the Year category, the nominees include Cardi Bs WAP featuring Megan Thee Stallion, DJ Khaleds POPSTAR featuring Drake and Bieber, Doja Cats Kiss Me More featuring SZA, Ed Sheerans Bad Habits, Lil Nas Xs MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name), and The Weeknds Save Your Tears.

The 2021 VMAs will return to New York City, airing live from Brooklyns Barclays Center on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The show will simulcast across CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land, VH1 and The CW Network.

Starting today, fans can vote for their favorites across 14 gender-neutral categories by visiting vma.mtv.com.

2021 MTV VMA Nominees

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion WAP
DJ Khaled ft. Drake POPSTAR (Starring Justin Bieber)
Doja Cat ft. SZA Kiss Me More
Ed Sheeran Bad Habits
Lil Nas X MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
The Weeknd Save Your Tears

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ariana Grande
Doja Cat
Justin Bieber
Megan Thee Stallion
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

SONG OF THE YEAR
24kGoldn ft. iann dior Mood
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic Leave The Door Open
BTS Dynamite
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion WAP
Dua Lipa Levitating
Olivia Rodrigo drivers license

BEST COLLABORATION
24kGoldn ft. iann dior Mood
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion WAP
Doja Cat ft. SZA Kiss Me More
Drake ft. Lil Durk Laugh Now Cry Later
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon Peaches
Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa Prisoner

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: Foushe my slime
August 2021: jxdn Think About Me

BEST POP
Ariana Grande positions
Billie Eilish Therefore I Am
BTS Butter
Harry Styles Treat People With Kindness
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon Peaches
Olivia Rodrigo good 4 u
Shawn Mendes Wonder
Taylor Swift willow

BEST HIP-HOP
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion WAP
Drake ft. Lil Durk Laugh Now Cry Later
Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion On Me (Remix)
Moneybagg Yo Said Sum
Polo G RAPSTAR
Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. FRANCHISE

BEST ROCK
Evanescence Use My Voice
Foo Fighters Shame Shame
John Mayer Last Train Home
The Killers My Own Souls 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 ft. blackbear my exs best friend
twenty one pilots Shy Away
WILLOW ft. Travis Barker t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l

BEST LATIN
Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez Dkiti
Billie Eilish & ROSALA 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 Hawi

BEST R&B
Beyonc, 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
H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown Come Through
SZA Good Days

BEST K-POP
(G)I-DLE DUMDi DUMDi Republic Records
BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez Ice Cream
BTS Butter BIGHIT MUSIC Monsta X Gambler
SEVENTEEN Ready to love
TWICE Alcohol-Free

VIDEO FOR GOOD
Billie Eilish Your Power
Demi Lovato Dancing With The Devil
H.E.R. Fight For You
Kane Brown Worldwide Beautiful
Lil Nas X MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
Pharrell Williams ft. JAY-Z Entrepreneur

BEST DIRECTION
Billie Eilish Your Power Directed by: Billie Eilish
DJ Khaled ft. 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 Republic Records Directed by: Taylor Swift
Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A Franchise Directed by: Travis Scott
Tyler, The Creator LUMBERJACK Directed by: Wolf Haley

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Beyonc, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid BROWN SKIN GIRL Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, MOHAMMAED 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 ft. 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
Beyonc, 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 ft. 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

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 Whats Next Editing by: Noah Kendal
Harry Styles Treat People With Kindness Editing by: Claudia Wass
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon Peaches Editing by: Mark Mayr, Vinnie Hobbs
Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa Prisoner

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