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See the Complete Nominee List for The 2019 MTV VMAs

by James Ogunjimi

It’s that time of the year again when artistes that have been spectacular all year get to get the deserved recognition. It’s the 2019 nominations and some of our faves made this list.

It’s the 36th edition of the awards and it will hold on August 26, 2019 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey with Sebastian Maniscalco doing the hosting.

The awards introduced the K-Pop genre for the first time this year as a way to recognize its growth and breaking into the US mainstream in the last one year and it promises to be interesting.

Some of our favorites stars did not just get nominated, they got more than one nomination. Ariana Grande (10),  (10), Billie Eilish (9), and Lil Nas X (8).

, Travis Scott, Cardi B, Solange, , BTS, J Balvin, Lady Gaga, all got nominated too, expectedly in fact, and some unexpected names found their way in two to signal an appreciation of their work in the last one year.

See the complete list below:

Video of the Year

21 Savage: “a lot” [ft. J. Cole]

Billie Eilish: “bad guy”

Ariana Grandethank u, next”

Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”

Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]

: “You Need to Calm Down”

Artist of the Year

Cardi B

Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande


Jonas Brothers

Shawn Mendes

Song of the Year

: “In My Feelings”

Ariana Grande: “thank u, next”

Jonas Brothers: “Sucker

Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper: “Shallow”

Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]

: “You Need to Calm Down”

Best New Artist presented by Taco Bell

Ava Max

Billie Eilish


Lil Nas X



Best Collaboration

Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]

Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper: “Shallow”

Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita”

Taylor Swift:ME!” [ft. ft. Brendon Urie]

Ed Sheeran / Justin Bieber: “I Don’t Care”

BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey]

Push Artist of the Year



Billie Eilish




Best Pop

5 Seconds of Summer“Easier”

Cardi B / Bruno Mars“Please Me”

Billie Eilish: “bad guy”


Ariana Grande: “thank u, next”

Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”

Taylor Swift: You Need to Calm Down


2 Chainz: “Rule the World”[ft. Ariana Grande]

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21 Savage: “a lot” [ft. J. Cole]

Cardi B: Money”

DJ Khaled: “Higher” [ft. Nipsey Hussle and John Legend]

Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]

Travis Scott: “SICKO MODE” [ft. ]

Best R&B

Anderson .Paak: “Make It Better” [ft. Smokey Robinson]

Childish Gambino: “Feels Like Summer”

H.E.R.: “Could’ve Been” [ft. Bryson Tiller]

Alicia Keys: “Raise a Man

Ella Mai: “Trip”

Normani: “Waves” [ft. 6LACK]

Best K-Pop

BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey]

BLACKPINK: “Kill This Love

Monsta X: “Who Do You Love” [ft. French Montana]


NCT 127: “Regular

EXO: “Tempo

Best Latin

Anuel AA / Karol G“Secreto

Bad Bunny: “MIA” [ft. Drake]

benny blanco / Tainy / Selena Gomez / J Balvin: “I Can’t Get Enough

Daddy Yankee: “Con Calma” [ft. Snow]

Maluma: “Mala Mía

ROSALÍA / J Balvin: “Con Altura” [ft. El Guincho]

Best Dance

The Chainsmokers: “Call You Mine” [ft. Bebe Rexha]

Clean Bandit: “Solo” [ft. Demi Lovato]

DJ Snake: “Taki Taki” [ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B]

David Guetta / Bebe Rexha / J Balvin: “Say My Name

Marshmello / Bastille: “Happier

Silk City / Dua Lipa: “Electricity

Best Rock

The 1975: “Love It If We Made It

Fall Out Boy: “Bishops Knife Trick

Imagine Dragons: “Natural”

Lenny Kravitz: “Low”

Panic! At the Disco: “High Hopes

twenty one pilots: “My Blood”

Video for Good

Halsey: “Nightmare”

The Killers: Land of the Free”

Jamie N Commons / Skylar Grey: “Runaway Train” [ft. Gallant]

John Legend: “Preach”

Lil Dicky: “Earth

Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down

Best Direction

Billie Eilish: “bad Guy” (dir. Dave Meyers)

FKA twigs: “Cellophane” (dir. Andrew Thomas Huang)

Ariana Grande:thank u, next” (dir. Hannah Lux Davis)

Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus] (dir. Calmatic)

LSD: “No New Friends” (dir. Dano Cerny)

Taylor Swift:You Need to Calm Down” (dir. Drew Kirsch and Taylor Swift)

Best Visual Effects

Billie Eilish: “when the party’s over” (visual effects: Ryan Ross, Andres Jaramillo)

FKA twigs:Cellophane” (visual effects: Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti for Analog)

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Ariana Grande:God is a woman” (visual effects: Fabrice Lagayette, Kristina Prilukova & Rebecca Rice for Mathematic)

DJ Khaled“Just Us” [ft. ] (visual effects: Sergii Mashevskyi)

LSD:No New Friends” (visual effects: Ethan Chancer)

Taylor Swift:ME!” [ft. Brendon Urie] (visual effects: Loris Paillier & Lucas Salton for BUF VFX)

Best Editing

Anderson .Paak: “Tints” [ft. Kendrick Lamar] (editing: Elias Talbot)

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” (editing: Calmatic)

Billie Eilish:bad guy” (editing: Billie Eilish)

Ariana Grande:7 rings” (editing: Hannah Lux Davis & Taylor Walsh)

Solange: “Almeda” (editing: Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs, Jonathon Proctor)

Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down” (editing: Jarrett Fijal)

Best Art Direction

BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey] (art direction: JinSil Park, BoNa Kim (MU:E))

Ariana Grande: “7 rings” (art direction: John Richoux)

Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus] (art direction: Itaru Dela Vegas)

Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita” (art direction: Tatiana Van Sauter)

Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down” (art direction: Brittany Porter)

/ Lil Pump: “I Love It” [ft. Adele Givens] (art direction: Tino Schaedler)

Best Choreography

FKA twigs: “Cellophane” (choreography: Kelly Yvonne)

ROSALÍA / J Balvin: “Con Altura” [ft. El Guincho] (choreography: Charm La’Donna)

LSD: “No New Friends” (choreography: Ryan Heffington)

Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita” (choreography: Calvit Hodge, Sara Biv)

Solange: “Almeda” (choreography: Maya Taylor, Solange Knowles)

BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey] (choreography: Rie Hata)

Best Cinematography

Anderson .Paak: “Tints” [ft. Kendrick Lamar] (cinematography: Elias Talbot)

Billie Eilish: “hostage” (cinematography: Pau Castejon)

Ariana Grande: “thank u, next” (cinematography: Christopher Probst)

Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita” (cinematography: Scott Cunningham)

Solange: “Almeda” (cinematography: Chayse Irvin, Ryan Marie Helfant, Justin Hamilton)

Taylor Swift: “ME!” [ft. Brendon Urie] (cinematography: Starr Whitesides)

Who do you think will win in the categories? Share your thoughts.

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