Music & Culture

2020 MTV VMA Nominations Include Two COVID-Inspired Categories

By: Sam Gibbs and Hope Ankney

The 2020 MTV VMA nominations have officially dropped, and pop powerhouses Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the pack of nominees with nine nominations each in their respective categories. MTV shared that the event will feature “epic performances from various iconic locations” throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Airing audience-free at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Sunday, August 30, this will be the first event to take place at the venue since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Alongside its usual awards, the MTV VMA nominations are including new categories to reflect the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, including “Best Music Video From Home” and “Best Quarantine Performance.”

Below, we have the full list of 2020 MTV VMA Nominations:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”
Eminem featt. Juice WRLD – “Godzilla”
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”
Taylor Swift – “The Man”
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Dababy
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Megan Thee Stallion
Post Malone
The Weeknd

SONG OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”
Doja Cat – “Say So”
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”
Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”
Post Malone – “Circles”
Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

BEST COLLABORATION

Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U”
Black Eyed Peas feat. J Balvin – “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”
Ed Sheeran feat. Khalid – “Beautiful People”
Future feat. Drake – “Life is Good”
Karol G. feat. Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

PUSH BEST NEW ARTIST

Doja Cat
Jack Harlow
Lewis Capaldi
Roddy Ricch
Tate McRae
YUNGBLUD

BEST POP

BTS – “On”
Halsey -“You should be sad”
Jonas Brothers -“What a Man Gotta Do”
Justin Bieber feat. Quavo – “Intentions”
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”
Taylor Swift – “Lover”

BEST HIP-HOP

DaBaby – “BOP”
Eminem feat. Juice WRLD – “Godzilla”
Future feat. Drake – “Life Is Good”
Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”
Roddy Ricch – “The Box”
Travis Scott – “HIGHEST IN THE ROOM”

BEST ROCK

Blink-182 – “Happy Days”
Coldplay – “Orphans”
Evanescence – “Wasted On You”
Fall Out Boy feat. Wyclef Jean – “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)”
Green Day – “Oh Yeah!”
The Killers – “Caution”

BEST ALTERNATIVE

The 1975 – “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)”
All Time Low – “Some Kind Of Disaster”
Finneas – “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night”
Lana Del Rey – “Doin’ Time”
Machine Gun Kelly – “Bloody Valentine”
Twenty One Pilots – “Level of Concern”

BEST LATIN

Anuel AA feat. Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G & J Balvin – “China”
Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”
Black Eyed Peas feat. Ozuna & J. Rey Soul – “MAMACITA”
J Balvin – “Amarillo”
Karol G feat. Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”
Maluma feat. J Balvin – “Qué Pena”

BEST R&B

Alicia Keys – “Underdog”
Chloe x Halle – “Do It”
H.E.R. feat. YG – “Slide”
Khalid feat. Summer Walker – “Eleven”
Lizzo – “Cuz I Love You”
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

BEST K-POP

(G)I-DLE – “Oh My God”
BTS – “On”
EXO – “Obsession”
Monsta X – “SOMEONE’S SOMEONE”
Tomorrow X Together – “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)”
Red Velvet – “Psycho”

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Anderson .Paak – “Lockdown”
Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell”
Demi Lovato – “I Love Me”
H.E.R. – “I Can’t Breathe”
Lil Baby – “The Bigger Picture”
Taylor Swift – “The Man”

BEST MUSIC VIDEO FROM HOME

5 Seconds of Summer – “Wildflower”
Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U”
Blink-182 – “Happy Days”
Drake – “Toosie Slide”
John Legend – “Bigger Love”
Twenty One Pilots – “Level of Concern”

BEST QUARANTINE PERFORMANCE

Chloe x Halle – “Do It” from MTV’s Prom-Athon
CNCO – MTV Unplugged At Home
DJ D-Nice – Club MTV Presents: #DanceTogether
John Legend – #TogetherAtHome Concert Series
Lady Gaga – “Smile” from One World: Together At Home
Post Malone – Nirvana Tribute

BEST DIRECTION

Billie Eilish – “Xanny” — Directed by Billie Eilish
Doja Cat – “Say So” — Directed by Hannah Lux Davis
Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now” — Directed by Nabil
Harry Styles – “Adore You” — Directed by Dave Meyers
Taylor Swift – “The Man” — Directed by Taylor Swift
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” — Directed by Anton Tammi

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

5 Seconds of Summer – “Old Me” — Cinematography by Kieran Fowler
Camila Cabello feat. DaBaby – “My Oh My” — Cinematography by Scott Cunningham
Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” — Cinematography by Christopher Probst
Katy Perry – “Harleys In Hawaii” — Cinematography by Arnau Valls
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” — Cinematography by Thomas Kloss
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” — Cinematography by Oliver Millar

BEST ART DIRECTION

A$AP Rocky – “Babushka Boi” — Art Direction by A$AP Rocky & Nadia Lee Cohen
Dua Lipa – “Physical” — Art Direction by Anna Colomé Nogu ́
Harry Styles – “Adore You” — Art Direction by Laura Ellis Cricks
Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” — Art Direction by Christian Stone
Selena Gomez – “Boyfriend” — Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter
Taylor Swift – “Lover” — Art Direction by Ethan Tobman

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” — Darkroom / Interscope Records; Visual Effects by Drive Studios
Demi Lovato – “I Love Me” — Island Records; Visual Effects by Hoody FX
Dua Lipa – “Physical” — Warner Records; Visual Effects by EIGHTY4
Harry Styles – “Adore You” — Columbia Records; Visual Effects by Mathematic
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” — Streamline / Interscope Records; Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios
Travis Scott – “HIGHEST IN THE ROOM” — Epic Records / Cactus Jack; Visual Effects by ARTJAIL, SCISSOR FILMS & FRENDER

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

BTS – “On” — Choreography by Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun, Lee Byung Eun
CNCO & Natti Natasha – “Honey Boo” — Choreography by Kyle Hanagami
DaBaby – “BOP” — Choreography by Dani Leigh and Cherry
Dua Lipa – “Physical” — Choreography by Charm La’Donna
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” — Choreography by Richy Jackson
Normani – “Motivation” — Choreography by Sean Bankhead

BEST EDITING

Halsey – “Graveyard” — Edited by Emilie Aubry, Janne Vartia & Tim Montana
James Blake – “Can’t Believe the Way We Flow” — Edited by Frank Lebon
Lizzo – “Good As Hell” — Edited by Russell Santos & Sofia Kerpan
Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” — Edited by Alexandre Moors, Nuno Xico
Rosalía – “A Palé” — Edited by Andre Jones
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” — Edited by Janne Vartia & Tim Montana

Featured Image: Instagram (@ladygaga / @arianagrande)