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MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2021 SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2021 SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH

Alicia Keys will be making her return to the VMAs stage after 9 years, with her new debut single ‘LALA’ ft. Swaelee

After awards like Grammys and Billboard Music Awards, music lovers have another event to look forward to, the MTV Video Music Awards. Right from the big names being nominated to some grand performances lined up, there is a lot in store for the viewers. Here’s looking at when and where the event airs, nominations and more:

MTV Video Music Awards: When and where is it taking place?

The MTV Music Video Awards are scheduled to be held on September 12. The event is being held at the Barclays Center in New York, where the awards are being held for the second time after 2013. The awards show will start at 8 p.m. ET for USA and other regions, and 5 a.m. (IST).

Where to watch MTV Video Music Awards?

Apart from the live event in NYC, the event is set to stream at various Viacom CBS networks. This includes CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, the Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land, VH1, as well as The CW.READ | Lady Gaga picks head helmet for VMA 2020 red carpet; check out her other quirky outfits

MTV Video Music Awards nominations

The nominations were announced exactly a month before the event kicked off, on August 11. The voting also kicked off along with it and will took place on the VMA website. READ | BTS’ VMA debut donning retro attires & stunning night view of NYC from South Korea; WATCH

Justin Bieber dominated the nominations with 7 nods, while Meghan Thee Stallion received six nominations. 

Here’s the full list:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion ‘ ‘WAP’ ‘ Atlantic RecordsREAD | VMA 2020 highlights: From Lady Gaga to BTS, the best moments of the Aug 30 ceremony

DJ Khaled ft. Drake ‘ ‘POPSTAR’ (Starring Justin Bieber) ‘ OVO / We The Best / Epic RecordsREAD | Justin Bieber & Megan Thee Stallion top the MTV VMA Nominations; See full list

Doja Cat ft. SZA ‘ ‘Kiss Me More’ ‘ Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

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Ed Sheeran ‘ ‘Bad Habits’ ‘ Atlantic Records

Lil Nas X ‘ ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ ‘ Columbia Records

The Weeknd ‘ ‘Save Your Tears’ ‘ XO / Republic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ariana Grande ‘ Republic Records

Doja Cat ‘ Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

Justin Bieber ‘ Def Jam

Megan Thee Stallion ‘ 300 Entertainment

Olivia Rodrigo ‘ Geffen Records

Taylor Swift ‘ Republic Records

SONG OF THE YEAR

24kGoldn ft. iann dior ‘ ‘Mood’ ‘ RECORDS LLC / Columbia Records

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic ‘ ‘Leave The Door Open’ ‘ Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records

BTS ‘ ‘Dynamite’ ‘ BIGHIT MUSIC

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion ‘ ‘WAP’ ‘ Atlantic Records

Dua Lipa ‘ ‘Levitating’ ‘ Warner Records

Olivia Rodrigo ‘ ‘drivers license’ ‘ Geffen Records

BEST NEW ARTIST, Presented by Facebook

24kGoldn ‘ RECORDS LLC / Columbia Records

Giveon ‘ Epic Records / Not So Fast

The Kid LAROI ‘ Columbia Records

Olivia Rodrigo ‘ Geffen Records

Polo G ‘ Columbia Records

Saweetie ‘ Warner Records

BEST COLLABORATION

24kGoldn ft. iann dior ‘ ‘Mood’ ‘ RECORDS LLC / Columbia Records

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion ‘ ‘WAP’ ‘ Atlantic Records

Doja Cat ft. SZA ‘ ‘Kiss Me More’ ‘ Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

Drake ft. Lil Durk ‘ ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ ‘ OVO / Republic Records

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon ‘ ‘Peaches’ ‘ Def Jam

Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa ‘ ‘Prisoner’ ‘ RCA Records

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

September 2020: Wallows ‘ ‘Are You Bored Yet” ‘ Columbia Records

October 2020: Ashnikko ‘ ‘Daisy’ ‘ Warner Records

November 2020: SAINt JHN ‘ ‘Gorgeous’ ‘ Godd Complexx / HITCO

December 2020: 24kGoldn ‘ ‘Coco’ ‘ RECORDS LLC / Columbia Records

January 2021: JC Stewart ‘ ‘Break My Heart’ ‘ Elektra Music Group

February 2021: Latto ‘ ‘Sex Lies’ ‘ RCA Records

March 2021: Madison Beer ‘ ‘Selfish’ ‘ Epic Records / Sing It Loud

April 2021: The Kid LAROI ‘ ‘WITHOUT YOU’ ‘ Columbia Records

May 2021: Olivia Rodrigo ‘ ‘drivers license’ ‘ Geffen Records

June 2021: girl in red ‘Serotonin’ ‘ world in red / AWAL

July 2021: Fousheé ‘ ‘my slime’ ‘ RCA Records

August 2021: jxdn ‘ ‘Think About Me’ ‘ DTA Records / Elektra Music Group

BEST ROCK

Evanescence ‘ ‘Use My Voice’ ‘ BMG

Foo Fighters ‘ ‘Shame Shame’ ‘ Roswell Records / RCA Records

John Mayer ‘ ‘Last Train Home’ ‘ Columbia Records

The Killers ‘ ‘My Own Soul’s Warning’ ‘ Island

Kings Of Leon ‘ ‘The Bandit’ ‘ RCA Records

Lenny Kravitz ‘ ‘Raise Vibration’ ‘ Roxie Records / BMG

BEST POP

Ariana Grande ‘ ‘positions’ ‘ Republic Records

Billie Eilish ‘ ‘Therefore I Am’ ‘ Darkroom / Interscope Records

BTS ‘ ‘Butter’ ‘ BIGHIT MUSIC

Harry Styles ‘ ‘Treat People With Kindness’ ‘ Columbia Records

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon ‘ ‘Peaches’ ‘ Def Jam

Olivia Rodrigo ‘ ‘good 4 u’ ‘ Geffen Records

Shawn Mendes ‘ ‘Wonder’ ‘ Island Records

Taylor Swift ‘ ‘willow’ ‘ Republic Records

BEST HIP-HOP

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion ‘ ‘WAP’ ‘ Atlantic Records

Drake ft. Lil Durk ‘ ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ ‘ OVO / Republic Records

Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion ‘ ‘On Me (remix)’ ‘ Quality Control / Motown

Moneybagg Yo ‘ ‘Said Sum’ ‘ N-Less Entertainment / Interscope Records

Polo G ‘ ‘RAPSTAR’ ‘ Columbia Records

Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. ‘ ‘FRANCHISE’ ‘ Cactus Jack / Epic Records

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Bleachers ‘ ‘Stop Making This Hurt’ ‘ RCA Records

Glass Animals ‘ ‘Heat Waves’ ‘ Republic Records

Imagine Dragons ‘ ‘Follow You’ ‘ KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records

Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear ‘ ‘my ex’s best friend’ ‘ Bad Boy / Interscope Records

twenty one pilots ‘ ‘Shy Away’ ‘ Fueled By Ramen

WILLOW ft. Travis Barker ‘ ‘t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l’ ‘ MSFTSMusic / Roc Nation

BEST LATIN

Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez ‘ ‘Dákiti’ ‘ The Orchard

Billie Eilish & ROSALÍA ‘ ‘Lo Vas A Olvidar’ ‘ Darkroom / Interscope Records

Black Eyed Peas and Shakira ‘ ‘GIRL LIKE ME’ ‘ Epic Records

Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy ‘ ‘UN DIA (ONE DAY)’ ‘ Universal Music Latino / NEON16

Karol G ‘ ‘Bichota’ ‘ Universal Music Latino

Maluma ‘ ‘Hawái’ ‘ Sony Music US Latin

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Ariana Grande ‘ ’34+35’ ‘ Republic Records ‘ Choreography by: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson

BTS ‘ ‘Butter’ ‘ BIGHIT MUSIC ‘ Choreography by: SON SUNG DEUK With BHM PERFORMANCE DIRECTING TEAM

Ed Sheeran ‘ ‘Bad Habits’ ‘ Atlantic Records ‘ Choreography by: Natricia Bernard

Foo Fighters ‘ ‘Shame Shame’ ‘ Roswell Records / RCA Records ‘ Choreography by: Nina McNeely

Harry Styles ‘ ‘Treat People With Kindness’ ‘ Columbia Records ‘ Choreography by: Paul Roberts

Marshmello & Halsey ‘ ‘Be Kind’ ‘ Astralwerks / Capitol Records ‘ Choreography by: Dani Vitale

BEST R&B

Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid ‘ ‘BROWN SKIN GIRL’ ‘ Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic ‘ ‘Leave The Door Open’ ‘ Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records

Chris Brown and Young Thug ‘ ‘Go Crazy’ ‘ Chris Brown Entertainment/RCA Records

Giveon ‘ ‘HEARTBREAK ANNIVERSARY’ ‘ Epic Records / Not So Fast

H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown ‘ ‘Come Through’ ‘ MBK Entertainment / RCA Records

SZA ‘ ‘Good Days’ ‘ Top Dawg Entertainment / RCA Records

BEST K-POP

(G)I-DLE ‘ ‘DUMDi DUMDi’ ‘ Republic Records

BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez ‘ ‘Ice Cream’ ‘ YG Entertainment / Interscope Records

BTS ‘ ‘Butter’ ‘ BIGHIT MUSIC Monsta X ‘ ‘Gambler’ ‘ Starship Entertainment

SEVENTEEN ‘ ‘Ready to love’ ‘ Pledis Entertainment

TWICE ‘ ‘Alcohol-Free’ ‘ JYP Entertainment Company

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Billie Eilish ‘ ‘Your Power’ ‘ Darkroom / Interscope Records

Demi Lovato ‘ ‘Dancing With The Devil’ ‘ Island

H.E.R. ‘ ‘Fight For You’ ‘ MBK Entertainment / RCA Records

Kane Brown ‘ ‘Worldwide Beautiful’ ‘ Sony Music Nashville / RCA Records

Lil Nas X ‘ ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ ‘ Columbia Records

Pharrell Williams ft. JAY-Z ‘ ‘Entrepreneur’ ‘ Columbia Records

BEST DIRECTION

Billie Eilish ‘ ‘Your Power’ ‘ Darkroom / Interscope Records ‘ Directed by: Billie Eilish

DJ Khaled ft. Drake ‘ ‘POPSTAR (Starring Justin Bieber)’ ‘ OVO / We The Best / Epic Records ‘ Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X

Lil Nas X ‘ ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ ‘ Columbia Records ‘ Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino

Taylor Swift ‘ ‘willow’ ‘ Republic Records ‘ Directed by: Taylor Swift

Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A ‘ ‘Franchise’ ‘ Cactus Jack / Epic Records ‘ Directed by: Travis Scott

Tyler, The Creator ‘ ‘LUMBERJACK’ ‘ Columbia Records ‘ Directed by: Wolf Haley

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid ‘ ‘BROWN SKIN GIRL’ ‘ Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records ‘ Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, MOHAMMAED ATTA AHMED, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant

Billie Eilish ‘ ‘Therefore I Am’ ‘ Darkroom / Interscope Records ‘ Cinematography by: Rob Witt

Foo Fighters ‘ ‘Shame Shame’ ‘ Roswell Records / RCA Records ‘ Cinematography by: Santiago Gonzalez

Justin Bieber ft. Chance The Rapper ‘ ‘Holy’ ‘ RBMG/Def Jam ‘ Cinematography by: Elias Talbot

Lady Gaga ‘ ‘911’ ‘ Interscope Records ‘ Cinematography by: Jeff Cronenweth

Lorde ‘ ‘Solar Power’ ‘ LAVA/Republic Records ‘ Cinematography by: Andrew Stroud

BEST ART DIRECTION

Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer ‘ ‘ALREADY’ ‘ Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records ‘ Art Direction by: Susan Linns, Gerard Santos

Ed Sheeran ‘ ‘Bad Habits’ ‘ Atlantic Records ‘ Art Direction by: Alison Dominitz

Lady Gaga ‘ ‘911’ ‘ Interscope Records ‘ Art Direction by: Tom Foden, Peter Andrus

Lil Nas X ‘ ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ ‘ Columbia Records ‘ Art Direction by: John Richoux

Saweetie ft. Doja Cat ‘ ‘Best Friend’ ‘ Warner Records ‘ Art Direction by: Art Haynes

Taylor Swift ‘ ‘willow’ ‘ Republic Records ‘ Art Direction by: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Bella Poarch ‘ ‘Build A Bitch’ ‘ Warner Records ‘ Visual Effects by: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina Vetrova

Coldplay ‘ ‘Higher Power’ ‘ Atlantic Records ‘ Visual Effects by: Mathematic

Doja Cat & The Weeknd ‘ ‘You Right’ ‘ Kemosabe Records / RCA Records ‘ Visual Effects by: La Pac, Anthony Lestremau, Julien Missaire, Petr Shkolniy, Alexi Bailla, Micha Sher, Antoine Hache, Mikros MPC, Nicolas Huget, Guillaume Ho Tsong Fang, Benjamin Lenfant, Stephane Pivron, MPC Bangalore, Chanakya Chander, Raju Ganesh, David Rouxel

Glass Animals ‘ ‘Tangerine’ ‘ Republic Records ‘ Visual Effects by: Ronan Fourreau

Lil Nas X ‘ ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ ‘ Columbia Records ‘ Visual Effects by: Mathematic

P!NK ‘ ‘All I Know So Far’ ‘ RCA Records ‘ Visual Effects by: Dave Meyers, Freenjoy Inc

BEST EDITING

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic ‘ ‘Leave The Door Open’ ‘ Aftermath Entertainment/Atlantic Records ‘ Editing by: Troy Charbonnet

BTS ‘ ‘Butter’ ‘ BIGHIT MUSIC ‘ Editing by: Yong Seok Choi from Lumpens

Drake ‘ ‘What’s Next’ ‘ OVO/Republic Records ‘ Editing by: Noah Kendal

Harry Styles ‘ ‘Treat People With Kindness’ ‘ Columbia Records ‘ Editing by: Claudia Wass

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon ‘ ‘Peaches’ ‘ Def Jam ‘ Editing by: Mark Mayr, Vinnie Hobbs

Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa ‘ ‘Prisoner’ ‘ RCA Records

Image and video courtesy of MTV.COM

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