MTV Video Music Awards: Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande Lead Nominations

9:00 AM 7/23/2019

by THR Staff

The pop superstars each earned 10 nods, while Billie Eilish is mentioned in nine categories and Lil Nas X is up for eight awards.

Taylor Swift (left), Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift (left), Ariana Grande
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MTV on Tuesday announced the nominations for the 2019 Video Music Awards.

Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift lead with 10 mentions each, in categories including video of the year, song of the year and best pop.

Billie Eilish earned nine noms, while Lil Nas X followed close behind with eight. Both artists are nominated in the video of the year, best new artist and best direction categories.

Halsey received six nods, Shawn Mendes snagged five and Camila Cabello, Cardi B, J Balvin, The Jonas Brothers and BTS nabbed four each.

Drake, Anderson .Paak, FKA twigs, H.E.R., LSD, Rosalia and Solange each earned three noms.

The MTV VMAs also introduced two new categories this year, best K-pop and video for good.

"It’s been an incredible year in music and this group of nominees perfectly reflect the rich pop music landscape," Bruce Gillmer, Viacom's head of music and music talent and co-brand head of MTV International, said in a statement. "We can’t wait to see the outcome, once the fans weigh in. It’s going to be an awesome, unforgettable evening!"

Gillmer and Jesse Ignjatovic, co-founder of Den of Thieves, are executive producers for the 2019 VMAs. Other key members of the creative team include Barb Bialkowski, Jackie Barba, Joe Buoye, Alicia Portugal, Amani Duncan and Wendy Plaut.

MTV revealed the nominations with the VMA chatbot, which gave fans a sneak peek at the nominees by sending a direct message to the award show's Facebook Messenger and Twitter accounts.

  • Video of the Year

    Taylor Swift
    Taylor Swift
    Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

    21 Savage ft. J. Cole – "a lot" – Epic Records
    Billie Eilish – "Bad Guy" – Darkroom/Interscope Records
    Ariana Grande – "thank u, next" – Republic Records
    Jonas Brothers – "Sucker" – Republic Records
    Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road (Remix)" – Columbia Records
    Taylor Swift – "You Need to Calm Down" – Republic Records

  • Artist of the Year

    Cardi B
    Cardi B
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    Cardi B – Atlantic Records
    Billie Eilish – Darkroom/Interscope Records
    Ariana Grande – Republic Records
    Halsey – Astralwerks/Capitol Records
    Jonas Brothers – Republic Records
    Shawn Mendes – Island Records

  • Song of the Year

    Drake
    Drake
    Kevin Winter/Getty

    Drake – "In My Feelings" – Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records
    Ariana Grande – "thank u, next" – Republic Records
    Jonas Brothers – "Sucker" – Republic Records
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – "Shallow" – Interscope Records
    Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road (Remix)" – Columbia Records
    Taylor Swift – "You Need to Calm Down" – Republic Records

  • Best New Artist

    Presented by Taco Bell®

    Samir Hussein/WireImage

    Ava Max – Atlantic Records
    Billie Eilish – Darkroom/Interscope Records
    H.E.R. – MBK/RCA Records
    Lil Nas X – Columbia Records
    Lizzo – Atlantic Records
    Rosalia – Columbia Records

  • Best Collaboration

    Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus
    Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus
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    Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road (Remix)" – Columbia Records
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – "Shallow" – Interscope Records
    Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – "Señorita" – Island Records
    Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – "ME!" – Republic Records
    Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – "I Don’t Care" – Atlantic Records
    BTS ft. Halsey – "Boy With Luv" – Columbia Records

  • Push Artist of the Year

    Lizzo
    Lizzo
    Kevin Winter/Getty Images

    Bazzi – Atlantic Records
    CNCO – RCA Records
    Billie Eilish – Darkroom/Interscope Records
    H.E.R. – MBK/RCA Records
    Lauv – LAUV/AWAL
    Lizzo – Atlantic Records

  • Best Pop

    Ariana Grande
    Ariana Grande
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    5 Seconds of Summer – "Easier" – Interscope Records
    Cardi B & Bruno Mars – "Please Me" – Atlantic Records
    Billie Eilish – "Bad Guy" – Darkroom/Interscope Records
    Ariana Grande – ""hank u, next" – Republic Records
    Jonas Brothers – "Sucker" – Republic Records
    Khalid – "Talk" – Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records
    Taylor Swift – "You Need to Calm Down" – Republic Records

  • Best Hip Hop

    Travis Scott
    Travis Scott
    Bob Levey/gettyimages

    2 Chainz ft. Ariana Grande – "Rule the World" – 2 Chainz Ps/Def Jam
    21 Savage ft. J. Cole – "a lot" – Epic Records
    Cardi B – "Money" – Atlantic Records
    DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – "Higher" – We The Best/Epic Records
    Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road (Remix)" – Columbia Records
    Travis Scott ft. Drake – "SICKO MODE" – Epic Records/Grand Hustle/Cactus Jack

  • Best R&B

    Childish Gambino
    Childish Gambino
    Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

    Anderson .Paak ft. Smokey Robinson – "Make It Better" – Aftermath Ent/12 Tone Music
    Childish Gambino – "Feels Like Summer" – RCA Records
    H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller – "Could’ve Been" – MBK/RCA Records
    Alicia Keys – "Raise A Man" – RCA Records
    Ella Mai – "Trip" – 10 Summers/Interscope Records
    Normani ft. 6lack – "Waves" – Keep Cool/RCA Records

  • Best K-Pop

    BTS
    BTS
    Steve Granitz/WireImage
    BTS ft. Halsey – "Boy With Luv" – Columbia Records
    BLACKPINK – "Kill This Love" – YG Entertainment/Interscope Records
    Monsta X ft. French Montana – "Who Do You Love" – Epic Records
    TOMORROW X TOGETHER – "Cat & Dog" – Republic Records
    NCT 127 – "Regular" – SM Entertainment
    EXO – "Tempo" – SM Entertainment
  • Best Latin

    Bad Bunny
    Bad Bunny
    Victor Chavez/Getty Images

    Anuel AA, Karol G – "Secreto" – Universal Music Latino
    Bad Bunny ft. Drake – "MIA" – OVO Sound/Warner Bros. Records
    Benny Blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez, J Balvin – "I Can’t Get Enough" – NEON16/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope Records
    Daddy Yankee ft. Snow – "Con Calma" – Universal Music Latin Entertainment
    Maluma – "Mala Mía" – Sony Music US Latin
    Rosalia & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – "Con Altura" – Columbia Records

  • Best Art Direction

    Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
    Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
    Steve Granitz/WireImage; Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

    BTS ft. Halsey – "Boy With Luv" – Columbia Records – Art Direction by JinSil Park, BoNa Kim (MU:E)
    Ariana Grande – "7 Rings" – Republic Records – Art Direction by John Richoux
    Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road (Remix)" – Columbia Records – Art Direction by Itaru Dela Vegas
    Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – "Señorita" – Island Records – Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter
    Taylor Swift – "You Need to Calm Down" – Republic Records – Art Direction by Brittany Porter
    Kanye West and Lil’ Pump ft. Adele Givens – "I Love It" – Warner Records & Def Jam Music Group – Art Direction by Tino Schaedler

  • Best Rock

    Lenny Kravitz
    Lenny Kravitz
    Courtesy of CAA
    The 1975 – "Love It If We Made It" – Dirty Hit/Interscope Records
    Fall Out Boy – "Bishops Knife Trick" – Island Records
    Imagine Dragons – "Natural" – KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records
    Lenny Kravitz – "Low" – BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.
    Panic! At The Disco – "High Hopes" – Elektra Music Group
    twenty one pilots – "My Blood" – Elektra Music Group
  • Best Dance

    The Chainsmokers with Bebe Rexha
    The Chainsmokers with Bebe Rexha
    Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

    The Chainsmokers ft. Bebe Rexha – "Call You Mine" – Disruptor/Columbia Records
    Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato – "Solo" – Big Beat/Atlantic Records
    DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B – "Taki Taki" – DJ Snake Music Productions Ltd/Geffen
    David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin – "Say My Name" – Big Beat/Atlantic Records
    Marshmello & Bastille – "Happier" – Capitol Records
    Silk City & Dua Lipa – "Electricity" – Columbia Records

  • Best Direction

    Taylor Swift
    Taylor Swift
    Courtesy of TAS Rights Management

    Billie Eilish – "Bad Guy" – Darkroom/Interscope Records – Directed by Dave Meyers
    FKA twigs – "Cellophane" – Young Turks – Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang
    Ariana Grande – "thank u, next" – Republic Records – Directed by Hannah Lux Davis
    Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road (Remix)" – Columbia Records – Directed by Calmatic
    LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – "No New Friends" – Columbia Records – Directed by Dano Cerny
    Taylor Swift – "You Need to Calm Down" – Republic Records – Directed by Drew Kirsch & Taylor Swift

  • Video for Good

    Halsey
    Halsey
    Kevin Winter/Getty Images

    Halsey – "Nightmare" – Astralwerks/Capitol Records
    The Killers – "Land of the Free" – Island
    Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey ft. Gallant – "Runaway Train" – Interscope Records
    John Legend – "Preach" – Columbia Records
    Lil Dicky – "Earth" – Dirty Burd, Inc./Commission/BMG
    Taylor Swift – "You Need to Calm Down" – Republic Records

  • Best Visual Effects

    Araiana Grande
    Araiana Grande
    Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

    Billie Eilish – "when the party’s over" – Darkroom/Interscope Records – Visual Effects by Ryan Ross, Andres Jaramillo
    FKA twigs – "Cellophane" – Young Turks – Visual Effects by Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti for Analog
    Ariana Grande – "God Is a Woman" – Republic Records – Visual Effects by Fabrice Lagayette, FKristina Prilukova & Rebecca Rice for Mathematic
    DJ Khaled ft. SZA – "Just Us" – We The Best/Epic Records – Visual Effects by Sergii Mashevskyi
    LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – "No New Friends" – Columbia Records – Visual Effects by Ethan Chancer
    Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – "ME!" – Republic Records – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier & Lucas Salton for BUF VFX

  • Best Editing

    Anderson .Paak, Kendrick Lamar
    Anderson .Paak, Kendrick Lamar
    Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images; Larry Busacca/Getty Images

    Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – "Tints" – Aftermath Ent/12 Tone Music – Editing by Elias Talbot
    Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road (Remix)" – Columbia Record – Editing by Calmatic
    Billie Eilish – "Bad Guy" – Darkroom/Interscope Records – Editing by Billie Eilish
    Ariana Grande – "7 Rings" – Republic Records – Editing by Hannah Lux Davis & Taylor Walsh
    Solange – "Almeda" – Columbia Records – Editing by Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs, Jonathon Proctor
    Taylor Swift – "You Need to Calm Down" – Republic Records – Editing by Jarrett Fijal

  • Best Choreography

    FKA twigs
    FKA twigs
    Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

    FKA twigs – "Cellophane" – Young Turks – Choreography by Kelly Yvonne
    Rosalia & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – "Con Altura" – Columbia Records – Choreography by Charm La'Donna
    LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – "No New Friends" – Columbia Records – Choreography by Ryan Heffington
    Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – "Señorita" – Island Records – Choreography by Calvit Hodge, Sara Biv
    Solange – "Almeda" – Columbia Records – Choreography by Maya Taylor, Solange Knowles
    BTS ft. Halsey – "Boy With Luv" – Columbia Records – Choreography by Rie Hata

  • Best Cinematography

    Billie Eilish
    Billie Eilish
    Rich Fury/Getty Images

    Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – "Tints" – Aftermath Ent/12 Tone Music – Cinematography by Elias Talbot
    Billie Eilish – "hostage" – Darkroom/Interscope Records – Cinematography by Pau Castejon
    Ariana Grande – "thank u, next" – Republic Records – Cinematography by Christopher Probst
    Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – "Señorita" – Island Records – Cinematography by Scott Cunningham
    Solange – "Almeda" – Columbia Records – Cinematography by Chayse Irvin, Ryan Marie Helfant, Justin Hamilton
    Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – "ME!" – Republic Records – Cinematography by Starr Whitesides

  • Best Group Nominees

    Jonas Brothers
    Jonas Brothers
    Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for iHeartMedia

    5 Seconds of Summer
    Backstreet Boys
    BLACKPINK
    BTS
    CNCO
    Jonas Brothers
    PRETTYMUCH
    Why Don’t We

  • Best Power Anthem

    Miley Cyrus
    Miley Cyrus
    Jesse Grant/Getty Images

    Ariana Grande – "7 Rings"
    DJ Khaled, ft. Cardi B & 21 Savage – "Wish Wish"
    Halsey – "Nightmare"
    Lizzo ft. Missy Elliott – "Tempo"
    Maren Morris – "GIRL"
    Miley Cyrus – "Mother's Daughter"
    Taylor Swift – "You Need to Calm Down"
    Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign – "Hot Girl Summer"

  • Song of Summer

    Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

    Ariana Grande & Social House – "boyfriend" (WINNER)
    Billie Eilish – "bad guy"
    DaBaby – "Suge"
    Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – "I Don't Care"
    Jonas Brothers – "Sucker"
    Khalid – "Talk"
    Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road (Remix)"
    Lil Tecca – "Ransom"
    Lizzo – "Truth Hurts"
    Miley Cyrus – "Mother's Daughter"
    Post Malone ft. Young Thug – "Goodbyes"
    ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – "Con Altura"
    Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – "Señorita"
    Taylor Swift – "You Need to Calm Down"
    The Chainsmokers & Bebe Rexha – "Call You Mine"
    Young Thug ft. J. Cole & Travis Scott – "The London"