Justin Bieber leads 2021 MTV VMA nominations

Justin Bieber is the leading nominee for the 2021 MTV VMAs, scoring seven nods including Artist of the Year.

Justin’s followed by Megan Thee Stallion with six nods, and Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake and Giveon, each picking up five nominations.

Other artists receiving nominations include Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, Bruno Mars, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles and Beyoncé.

The nominees for Video of the Year are Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion‘s “WAP,” The Weeknd‘s “Save Your Tears,” Doja Cat and SZA’s “Kiss Me More,” Ed Sheeran‘s “Bad Habits,” Lil Nas X‘s “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” and DJ Khaled and Drake‘s “POPSTAR,” which stars Justin Bieber.

The 2021 MTV VMAs will air live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on September 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT across all of MTV’s digital platforms, as well as CMT, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, MTV2, Pop, TV Land, VH1, Logo and The CW.

Fans can start voting today across 14 categories, which are gender neutral, via vma.mtv.com. Voting runs through Friday, September 3, though the voting for Best New Artist will remain active right up into the show on September 12. More nominations in social categories, like Best Group and Song of the Summer, will be announced later date.

Here’s the list of the rest of the nominees in the main, non-technical categories:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ariana Grande
Doja Cat
Justin Bieber
Megan Thee Stallion
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

SONG OF THE YEAR
24kGoldn ft. iann dior – “Mood”
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave the Door Open”
BTS – “Dynamite”
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”
Dua Lipa – “Levitating”
Olivia Rodrigo – “drivers license”

BEST NEW ARTIST, Presented by Facebook
24kGoldn
Giveon
The Kid LAROI
Olivia Rodrigo
Polo G
Saweetie

BEST POP
Ariana Grande – “positions”
Billie Eilish – “Therefore I Am”
BTS – “Butter”
Harry Styles – “Treat People with Kindness”
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches”
Olivia Rodrigo – “good 4 u”  
Shawn Mendes – “Wonder”
Taylor Swift – “willow”

BEST COLLABORATION
24kGoldn ft. iann dior – “Mood”
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”
Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More”
Drake ft. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now Cry Later”
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches”
Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa – “Prisoner”

BEST HIP-HOP
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”
Drake ft. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now Cry Later”
Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “On Me (remix)”
Moneybagg Yo – “Said Sum”
Polo G – “RAPSTAR”
Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. – “FRANCHISE”

BEST ROCK
Evanescence – “Use My Voice”
Foo Fighters – “Shame Shame”
John Mayer – “Last Train Home”
The Killers – “My Own Soul’s Warning”
Kings Of Leon – “The Bandit”
Lenny Kravitz – “Raise Vibration”
 
BEST ALTERNATIVE
Bleachers – “Stop Making This Hurt”
Glass Animals – “Heat Waves”
Imagine Dragons – “Follow You”
Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear – “my ex’s best friend”
twenty one pilots – “Shy Away”
WILLOW ft. Travis Barker – “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l”
 
BEST LATIN
Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez – “Dákiti”
Billie Eilish & ROSALÍA – “Lo Vas A Olvidar”
Black Eyed Peas and Shakira – “GIRL LIKE ME”
J. Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy – “UN DIA (ONE DAY)”
Karol G – “Bichota”
Maluma – “Hawái”

BEST R&B
Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – “BROWN SKIN GIRL”
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave The Door Open”
Chris Brown and Young Thug – “Go Crazy”
Giveon – “HEARTBREAK ANNIVERSARY”
H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown – “Come Through”
SZA – “Good Days”

BEST K-POP
(G)I-DLE – “DUMDi DUMDi”
BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez – “Ice Cream”
BTS – “Butter”
Monsta X – “Gambler”
SEVENTEEN – “Ready to love”
TWICE – “Alcohol-Free”
 
VIDEO FOR GOOD
Billie Eilish – “Your Power”
Demi Lovato – “Dancing With The Devil”
H.E.R. – “Fight For You”
Kane Brown – “Worldwide Beautiful”
Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”
Pharrell Williams ft. JAY-Z – “Entrepreneur”

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
September 2020: Wallows – “Are You Bored Yet?”
October 2020: Ashnikko – “Daisy”  
November 2020: SAINt JHN – “Gorgeous”  
December 2020: 24kGoldn – “Coco”
January 2021: JC Stewart – “Break My Heart”
February 2021: Latto – “Sex Lies”
March 2021: Madison Beer – “Selfish”
April 2021: The Kid LAROI – “WITHOUT YOU”
May 2021: Olivia Rodrigo – “drivers license”
June 2021: girl in red “Serotonin”
July 2021: Fousheé – “my slime”
August 2021: jxdn – “Think About Me”

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