Cardi B has scored a leading 11 VMA nominations, five of which are from her "Finesse" collaboration with Bruno Mars, who has another solo nom in addition to his five with Cardi B.
The pair's single is up for video and song of the year, among other awards, with Cardi B and Bruno Mars facing off in the artist of the year category. In the video of the year category, Cardi B and Bruno Mars will compete with Beyonce and Jay-Z — or as they're known on their latest, surprise album and the videos for it, The Carters — who scored eight VMA noms for their joint video for "APES**T." Other video of the year nominees include Childish Gambino's "This Is America," one of seven VMA nominations for the clip; Drake's (an eight-time nominee) "God's Plan"; Ariana Grande's "No Tears Left to Cry"; and Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug's "Havana." Grande and Cabello scored five VMA mentions each.
Other multiple nominees include Ed Sheeran, Khalid and Young Thug (four noms each) and Alessia Cara, Dua Lipa, Janelle Monae, Shawn Mendes, SZA and Taylor Swift (three nominations each).
Starting Monday through Aug. 10, fans can cast their votes across eight VMA categories, including video of the year, artist of the year and best collaboration, at vma.mtv.com. Voting for the best new artist award, presented by Taco Bell, will remain active until the VMA broadcast.
“It has already been a monumental year in music, and this year’s VMAs will take things to a whole new level,” Bruce Gillmer, Viacom's head of music and music talent for the MTV parent company's global entertainment group, said in a statement. “The extraordinary group of nominees have amazed us with their talent and inspired us with their creativity — and when you get them together for one night, anything is possible.”
The 2018 VMAs are set to air live at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 20, from Radio City Music Hall, the site of the first VMAs in 1984 and the 12th time the show has aired from the New York City venue, a record for a VMA location.