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MTV VMA Awards- Nominees

The 2023 VMAs will be held on Tuesday, September 12 at 8:00pm Eastern and Pacific from New Jersey’s Prudential Center. The nominees for the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards were announced on August 8, and they’re led by Taylor Swift with eight bids, followed by SZA with six, and many others with five apiece including Sam Smith and Kim Petras, Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus, Olivia Rodrigo, and Nicki Minaj.

Effective immediately fans can cast their votes in 15 gender neutral categories — including the brand new Best Afrobeats award — at vote.mtv.com Scroll down for the complete list of contenders.


VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Doja Cat – “Attention” Miley Cyrus – “Flowers” Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl” Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire” Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy” SZA – “Kill Bill” Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”


ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Beyoncé Doja Cat KAROL G Nicki Minaj Shakira Taylor Swift


SONG OF THE YEAR

Miley Cyrus – “Flowers” Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire” Rema & Selena Gomez – “Calm Down” Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy” Steve Lacy – “Bad Habit” SZA – “Kill Bill” Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”

BEST NEW ARTIST

GloRilla Ice Spice Kaliii Peso Pluma PinkPantheress Reneé Rapp


PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

August 2022: Saucy Santana – “Booty” September 2022: Stephen Sanchez – “Until I Found You” October 2022: JVKE – “golden hour” November 2022: Flo Milli – “Conceited” December 2022: Reneé Rapp – “Colorado” January 2023: Sam Ryder – “All The Way Over” February 2023: Armani White – “GOATED” March 2023: FLETCHER – “Becky’s So Hot” April 2023: TOMORROW X TOGETHER – “Sugar Rush Ride” May 2023: Ice Spice – “Princess Diana” June 2023: FLO – “Losing You” July 2023: Lauren Spencer Smith – “That Part”


BEST COLLABORATION

David Guetta & Bebe Rexha – “I’m Good (Blue)” Post Malone, Doja Cat – “I Like You (A Happier Song)” Diddy ft. Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, Yung Miami – “Gotta Move On” KAROL G, Shakira – “TQG” Metro Boomin with The Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Diddy – “Creepin’ (Remix)” Rema & Selena Gomez – “Calm Down”


BEST POP

Demi Lovato – “Swine” Dua Lipa – “Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album)” Ed Sheeran – “Eyes Closed” Miley Cyrus – “Flowers” Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire” P!NK – “TRUSTFALL” Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”


BEST HIP-HOP

Diddy ft. Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, Yung Miami – “Gotta Move On” DJ Khaled ft. Drake & Lil Baby – “STAYING ALIVE” GloRilla & Cardi B – “Tomorrow 2” Lil Uzi Vert – “Just Wanna Rock” Lil Wayne ft. Swizz Beatz & DMX – “Kant Nobody” Metro Boomin ft Future – “Superhero (Heroes and Villains)” Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl”


BEST R&B

Alicia Keys ft. Lucky Daye – “Stay” Chlöe ft. Chris Brown – “How Does It Feel” Metro Boomin with The Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Diddy – “Creepin’ (Remix)” SZA – “Shirt” Toosii – “Favorite Song” Yung Bleu & Nicki Minaj – “Love In The Way”


BEST ALTERNATIVE

blink-182 – “EDGING” boygenius – “the film” Fall Out Boy – “Hold Me Like A Grudge” Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste – “Candy Necklace” Paramore – “This Is Why” Thirty Seconds To Mars – “Stuck”


BEST ROCK

Foo Fighters – “The Teacher” Linkin Park – “Lost (Original Version)” Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Tippa My Tongue” Måneskin – “THE LONELIEST” Metallica – “Lux Æterna” Muse – “You Make Me Feel Like It’s Halloween”


BEST LATIN

Anitta – “Funk Rave” Bad Bunny – “WHERE SHE GOES” Eslabon Armado, Peso Pluma – “Ella Baila Sola” Grupo Frontera, Bad Bunny – “un x100to” KAROL G, Shakira – “TQG” ROSALÍA – “DESPECHÁ” Shakira – “Acróstico”


BEST K-POP

aespa – “Girls” BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom” FIFTY FIFTY – “Cupid” SEVENTEEN – “Super” Stray Kids – “S-Class” TOMORROW X TOGETHER – “Sugar Rush Ride”


BEST AFROBEATS

Ayra Starr – “Rush” Burna Boy – “It’s Plenty” Davido ft. Musa Keys – “UNAVAILABLE” Fireboy DML & Asake – ”Bandana” Libianca – “People” Rema & Selena Gomez – “Calm Down” Wizkid ft Ayra Starr– “2 Sugar”


VIDEO FOR GOOD

Alicia Keys – “If I Ain’t Got You (Orchestral)” Bad Bunny – “El Apagón – Aquí Vive Gente” Demi Lovato – “Swine” Dove Cameron – “Breakfast” Imagine Dragons – “Crushed” Maluma – “La Reina”


BEST DIRECTION

Doja Cat – “Attention” — Directed by Tanu Muiño Drake – “Falling Back” – Director X (Julien Christian Lutz) Kendrick Lamar – “Count Me Out” – Directed by Dave Free & Kendrick Lamar Megan Thee Stallion – “Her” – Directed by Colin Tilley Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy” – Directed by Floria Sigismondi SZA – “Kill Bill” – Directed by Christian Breslauer Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Directed by Taylor Swift


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Adele – “I Drink Wine” – Cinematography by Adam Newport-Berra Ed Sheeran – “Eyes Closed” – Cinematography by Natasha Baier Janelle Monae – “Lipstick Lover” – Cinematography by Allison Anderson Kendrick Lamar – “Count Me Out” – Cinematography by Adam Newport-Berra Miley Cyrus – “Flowers” – Cinematography by Marcell Rev Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire” – Cinematography by Russ Fraser Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Cinematography by Rina Yang


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Fall Out Boy – “Love From The Other Side” – Visual Effects by Thomas Bailey and Josh Shaffner Harry Styles – “Music For A Sushi Restaurant” – Visual Effects by Chelsea Delfino and Black Kite Studios Melanie Martinez – “VOID” – Visual Effects by Carbon Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl” – Visual Effects by Max Colt and Sergio Mashevskyi Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy” – Visual Effects by Max Colt / FRENDER Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Visual Effects by Parliament


BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom” – Choreography by Kiel Tutin, Sienna Lalau, Lee Jung (YGX), Taryn Cheng (YGX) Dua Lipa – “Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album)” – Choreography by Charm LaDonna Jonas Brothers – “Waffle House” – Choreography by Jerry Reece Megan Thee Stallion – “Her” – Choreography by Sean Bankhead Panic! At The Disco – “Middle Of A Breakup” – Choreography by Monika Felice Smith Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy” – Choreography by (LA)HORDE – Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, Arthur Harel

BEST ART DIRECTION

boygenius – “the film” – Art Direction by Jen Dunlap BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom” – Art Direction by Seo Hyun Seung (GIGANT) Doja Cat – “Attention” – Art Direction by Spencer Graves Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste – “Candy Necklace” – Art Direction by Brandon Mendez Megan Thee Stallion – “Her” – Art Direction by Niko Philipides SZA – “Shirt” – Art Direction by Kate Bunch

BEST EDITING

BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom” – Edited by Seo Hyun Seung (GIGANT) Kendrick Lamar – “Rich Spirit” – Edited by Grason Caldwell Miley Cyrus – “River” – Edited by Brandan Walter Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire” – Edited by Sofia Kerpan and David Checel SZA – “Kill Bill” – Edited by Luis Caraza Peimbert Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Edited by Chancler Haynes


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