VMAs: Cardi B Leads With 10 Nominations

11:15 AM 7/16/2018

by Hilary Lewis

Beyonce and Jay-Z, or "The Carters," scored eight nominations for the video for "APES**T" off their surprise joint album.

Cardi B and Bruno Mars performing "Finesse" at the Grammys
Cardi B and Bruno Mars performing "Finesse" at the Grammys
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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.

  • Video of the Year

    Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records (WINNER)
    Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records
    Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
    The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment
    Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records
    Drake – “God's Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

  • Artist of the Year

    Camila Cabello
    Camila Cabello
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    Camila Cabello – Syco Music/Epic Records (WINNER)
    Ariana Grande – Republic Records
    Bruno Mars – Atlantic Records
    Cardi B – Atlantic Records
    Drake – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
    Post Malone – Republic Records

  • Song of the Year

    Post Malone
    Post Malone
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    Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar” – Republic Records (WINNER)
    Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
    Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records
    Drake – “God's Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
    Dua Lipa – “New Rules” – Warner Bros. Records
    Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records

  • Best New Artist

    Cardi B – Atlantic Records (WINNER)
    Bazzi – iamcosmic/Atlantic Records
    Chloe x Halle – Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records
    Hayley Kiyoko – Atlantic Records
    Lil Pump – Warner Bros. Records
    Lil Uzi Vert – Atlantic Records

  • Best Collaboration

    Jennifer Lopez
    Jennifer Lopez
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    Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” – Epic Records/Nuyorican Productions (WINNER)
    Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be” – Warner Bros. Records
    Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
    The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment
    Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255” – Def Jam Recordings
    N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” – i am OTHER/Columbia Records

  • Push Artist of the Year

    Hayley Kiyoko
    Hayley Kiyoko
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    APRIL 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko – Atlantic Records (WINNER)
    JULY 2018 – Chloe x Halle – Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records
    JUNE 2018 – Sigrid – Island Records
    MAY 2018 – Lil Xan – Columbia Records
    MARCH 2018 – Jessie Reyez – Island Records
    FEBRUARY 2018 – Tee Grizzley – 300 Entertainment
    JANUARY 2018 – Bishop Briggs – Island Records
    DECEMBER 2017 – Grace VanderWaal – Syco Music/Columbia Records
    NOVEMBER 2017 – Why Don’t We – Atlantic Records
    OCTOBER 2017 – PRETTYMUCH – Syco Music/Columbia Records
    SEPTEMBER 2017 – SZA – TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records
    AUGUST 2017 – Kacy Hill – Def Jam Recordings
    JULY 2017 – Khalid – RCA Records
    JUNE 2017 – Kyle – Atlantic Records
    MAY 2017 – Noah Cyrus – Republic Records

  • Best Pop

    Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records (WINNER)
    Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records
    Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry” – Island Records
    Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records
    P!nk – “What About Us” – RCA Records
    Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Island Records

  • Best Hip-Hop

    Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li” – Young Money/Cash Money Records (WINNER)
    Cardi B ft. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi” – KSR/Atlantic Records
    The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment
    Drake – “God's Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
    J. Cole – “ATM” – Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope Records
    Migos ft. Drake – “Walk It Talk It” – Quality Control/Capitol Records

  • Best Latin

    Willy William
    Willy William
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    J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente” – Scorpio Music/UMLE (WINNER)
    Daddy Yankee – “Dura” – El Cartel Records/UMLE
    Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” – Epic Records/Nuyorican Productions
    Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa” – UMLE/Republic/Island/Universal Music Latino
    Maluma – “Felices los 4” – Sony Music Entertainment US Latin
    Shakira ft. Maluma – “Chantaje” – Sony Music Entertainment US Latin

  • Best Dance

    Avicii
    Avicii
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    Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” – Geffen Records (WINNER)
    Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss” – Columbia Records
    The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me” – Disruptor Records/Columbia Records
    David Guetta & Sia – “Flames” – Atlantic Records
    Marshmello ft. Khalid – “Silence” – RCA Records/Ultra Records
    Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)” – Interscope Records

  • Best Rock

    Imagine Dragons
    Imagine Dragons
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    Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes” – KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records (WINNER)
    Fall Out Boy – “Champion” – Island Records
    Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” – RCA Records
    Linkin Park – “One More Light” – Warner Bros. Records
    Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” – Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records
    Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water” – Interscope Records

  • Video With a Message

    Childish Gambino
    Childish Gambino
    Matthew Allen

    Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records (WINNER)
    Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – “Liberated” – Columbia Records
    Drake – ‘God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
    Janelle Monáe – “PYNK” – Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records
    Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper” – Island Records
    Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255” – Def Jam Recordings

  • Best Cinematography

    The Carters
    The Carters
    Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Parkwood Entertainment

    The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Cinematography by Benoit Debie (WINNER)
    Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains” –  Def Jam Recordings – Cinematography by Pau Castejón
    Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” –  Republic Records – Cinematography by Scott Cunningham
    Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Cinematography by Larkin Seiple
    Eminem ft. Ed Sheeran – “River” – Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Cinematography by Frank Mobilio & Patrick Meller
    Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Island Records – Cinematography by Jonathan Sela

  • Best Direction

    Childish Gambino
    Childish Gambino
    Screengrab

    Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Directed by Hiro Murai (WINNER)
    The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Directed by Ricky Saix
    Drake – “God's Plan” –  YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records – Directed by Karena Evans
    Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” –  Atlantic Records – Directed by Jason Koenig
    Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton – “Say Something” –  RCA Records – Directed by Arturo Perez Jr.
    Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Island Records – Directed by Jay Martin

  • Best Art Direction

    The Carters
    The Carters
    Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Parkwood Entertainment

    The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Art Direction by Jan Houlevigue (WINNER)
    Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Art Direction by Jason Kisvarday
    J. Cole – “ATM” –  Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope Records – Art Direction by Miles Mullin
    Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” –  Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records – Art Direction by Pepper Nguyen
    SZA – “The Weekend” –  TDE/RCA Records – Art Direction by SZA and Solange
    Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” –  Big Machine Records – Art Direction by Brett Hess

  • Best Visual Effects

    Kendrick Lamar
    Kendrick Lamar
    Samir Hussein/Getty Images

    Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars” –  TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier for BUF Paris (WINNER)
    Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” –  Republic Records – Visual Effects by Vidal and Loris Paillier for Buf
    Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” –  Geffen Records – Visual Effects by KPP
    Eminem ft. Beyoncé – “Walk On Water” –  Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Visual Effects Supervisor Rich Lee for Drive Studios
    Maroon 5 – “Wait” –  222/Interscope Records – Visual Effects by TIMBER
    Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Big Machine Records – Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios

  • Best Choreography

    Childish Gambino
    Childish Gambino
    Matthew Eisman/Getty Images

    Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Choreography by Sherrie Silver (WINNER)
    Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” –  Atlantic Records – Choreography by Phil Tayag & Bruno Mars
    Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” –  Syco Music/Epic Records – Choreography by Calvit Hodge and Sara Bivens
    The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Jaquel Knight
    Dua Lipa – “IDGAF” –  Warner Bros. Records – Choreography by Marion Motin
    Justin Timberlake – “Filthy” –  RCA Records – Choreography by Marty Kudelka, AJ Harpold, Tracy Phillips, and Ivan Koumaev

  • Best Editing

    N.E.R.D
    N.E.R.D
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    N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” –  i am OTHER/Columbia Records – Editing by Taylor Ward (WINNER)
    Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” –  Atlantic Records – Editing by Jacquelyn London
    The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Taylor Ward and Sam Ostrove
    Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Editing by Ernie Gilbert
    Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” – Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records – Editing by Deji Laray
    Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” –  Big Machine Records – Editing by Chancler Haynes for Cosmo

  • Song of Summer

    Cardi B
    Cardi B
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    Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – "I Like It" (WINNER)
    Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – "One Kiss"
    DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo – "No Brainer"
    Drake – "In My Feelings"
    Ella Mai – "Boo’d Up"
    Juice WRLD – "Lucid Dreams"
    Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – "Girls Like You"
    Post Malone – "Better Now"