2018 MTV VMAs: And The Nominees Are...

MTV today announced nominations across all gender neutral categories for the 2018 “VMAs.” The list includes dozens of artists whose reach and influence have elevated music’s relevancy within the cultural conversation. 

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Cardi B received nods in 10 categories, including “Video,” “Song” and “Artist of the Year,” and The Carters secured eight, including “Video of the Year,” “Best Collaboration” and “Best Hip Hop” for their recent hit single “APES**T.” Other top contenders include Childish Gambino, Drake and Bruno Mars.  The “VMAs” will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, and across MTV's global network of channels in more than 180 countries and territories, reaching more than half a billion households around the world.


Beginning today, fans can vote for their favorites across 12 VMA categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best Collaboration” and more by visiting vma.mtv.com until Friday, August 10. Voting for the “Best New Artist” award, presented by Taco Bell®, will remain active until the VMA broadcast.

COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records

Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic 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

Ariana Grande – Republic Records

Bruno Mars – Atlantic Records

Camila Cabello – Syco Music/Epic Records

Cardi B – Atlantic Records

Drake – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

Post Malone – Republic Records

 

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

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

Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar” – Republic Records

 

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®)

Bazzi – iamcosmic/Atlantic Records

Cardi B – 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

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

Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” – Epic Records/Nuyorican Productions

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

JULY 2018 – Chloe x Halle – Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records

JUNE 2018 – Sigrid – Island Records

MAY 2018 – Lil Xan – Columbia Records

APRIL 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko – Atlantic 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

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

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

Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li” – Young Money/Cash Money Records

 

BEST LATIN

Daddy Yankee – “Dura” – El Cartel Records/UMLE

J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente” – UMLE/Republic Records

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 ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” – Geffen Records

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

Fall Out Boy – “Champion” – Island Records

Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” – RCA Records

Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes” – KIDinaKORNER/Interscope 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 – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records

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

Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains” –  Def Jam Recordings – Cinematography by Pau Castejón

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” –  Republic Records – Cinematography by Scott Cunningham

The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Cinematography by Benoit Debie

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

The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Directed by Ricky Saix

Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Directed by Hiro Murai

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 – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Art Direction by Jan Houlevigue

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

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

Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars” –  TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier for BUF Paris

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

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

Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Choreography by Sherrie Silver

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

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

N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” –  i am OTHER/Columbia Records – Editing by Taylor Ward

Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” –  Big Machine Records – Editing by Chancler Haynes for Cosmo

 

Cardi B – 10 Nominations

VIDEO OF THE YEAR – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

SONG OF THE YEAR – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records

BEST NEW ARTIST

BEST COLLABORATION – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records

BEST COLLABORATION – “Dinero” – Epic Records/Nuyorican Productions

BEST HIP HOP – “Bartier Cardi” – KSR/Atlantic Records

BEST LATIN – “Dinero” – Epic Records/Nuyorican Productions

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records

BEST EDITING – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records

 

The Carters – 8 Nominations

VIDEO OF THE YEAR – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment

BEST COLLABORATION – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment

BEST HIP HOP – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment

BEST DIRECTION – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment

BEST ART DIRECTION – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment

BEST EDITING – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment

 

Childish Gambino– 7 Nominations

VIDEO OF THE YEAR – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records

VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records

BEST DIRECTION – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records

BEST ART DIRECTION – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records

BEST EDITING – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records

 

Drake – 7 Nominations

VIDEO OF THE YEAR – “God's Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR – “God's Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

SONG OF THE YEAR – “God's Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

BEST HIP-HOP – “God's Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

BEST HIP-HOP – “Walk It Talk It” – Quality Control/Capitol Records

VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE – “God's Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

BEST DIRECTION – “God's Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

 

Bruno Mars – 6 Nominations

VIDEO OF THE YEAR – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

SONG OF THE YEAR – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records

BEST COLLABORATION – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records

BEST EDITING – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records

 

Ariana Grande – 5 Nominations

VIDEO OF THE YEAR – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

BEST POP – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records

 

Camila Cabello – 5 Nominations

VIDEO OF THE YEAR – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

SONG OF THE YEAR – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records

BEST POP – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records

 

Ed Sheeran – 4 Nominations

SONG OF THE YEAR – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records

BEST POP – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – “River” – Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records

BEST DIRECTION – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records

 

Khalid – 4 Nominations

BEST COLLABORATION – “1-800-273-8255” – Def Jam Recordings

PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR

BEST DANCE – “Silence” – RCA Records/Ultra Records

VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE – “1-800-273-8255” – Def Jam Recordings

 

Young Thug – 4 Nominations

VIDEO OF THE YEAR – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records

SONG OF THE YEAR – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records

BEST POP – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records

 

Alessia Cara – 3 Nominations

BEST COLLABORATION – “1-800-273-8255” – Def Jam Recordings

VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE – “1-800-273-8255” – Def Jam Recordings

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – “Growing Pains” – Def Jam Recordings

 

Dua Lipa – 3 Nominations

SONG OF THE YEAR – “New Rules” – Warner Bros. Records

BEST DANCE – “One Kiss” – Columbia Records

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – “IDGAF” – Warner Bros. Records

 

Janelle Monáe – 3 Nominations

VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE – “PYNK” – Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records

BEST ART DIRECTION – “Make Me Feel” – Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records

BEST EDITING – “Make Me Feel” – Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records

 

Shawn Mendes – 3 Nominations

BEST POP – “In My Blood” – Island Records

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – “In My Blood” – Island Records

BEST DIRECTION – “In My Blood” – Island Records

 

SZA – 3 Nominations

PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR

BEST ART DIRECTION – “The Weekend” – TDE/RCA Records

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – “All The Stars” – TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records

 

Taylor Swift – 3 Nominations

BEST ART DIRECTION – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Big Machine Records

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Big Machine Records

BEST EDITING – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Big Machine Records

 

Radio City Music Hall was the home of the inaugural “VMAs” in 1984 and this will mark the 12th time the show has been held there – the most for any “VMAs” location.

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