NEW YORK (AP) – Justin Bieber tops the list of nominees for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards announced Wednesday, closely followed by Megan Thee Stallion, Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X and Olivia Rodrigo, who was nominated for the first time.
Bieber has seven nominations including Video of the Year and Best Direction for “POPSTAR,” Artist of the Year and Best Cinematography for “Holy,” as well as Best Pop Song, Best Editing, and Best Collaboration for “Peaches.”
Megan Thee Stallion is close behind with six nominations, most for her song “WAP,” with which she is competing for video of the year, artist of the year, best collaboration and best hip hop song. She was also nominated for a second time in the category of best hip hop song for her work on Lil Baby’s “On Me (The Remix)”.
Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X, and Rodrigo each have five nominations. Bieber and Megan Thee Stallion will compete with Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift for Artist of the Year.
The Video of the Year category is completed by Cardi B’s “WAP” with Megan Thee Stallion; DJ Khaled’s “POPSTAR” with Drake and Bieber; Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” with SZA; Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits”; “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” by Lil Nas X; and “Save Your Tears” by The Weeknd.
“WAP” is also nominated for song of the year along with 24kGoldn’s “Mood” featuring iann dior; “Leave The Door Open” by Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic; BTS’s “Dynamite”; “Levitating” by Dua Lipa and “drivers license” by Rodrigo.
In the Latin music category Bad Bunny has a double nomination, competing for “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez and for “Un Dia (One Day)” with J. Balvin, Dua Lipa and Tainy. The category also earned Billie Eilish a nomination for her song “Lo vas a silencio” with ROSALÍA. The shortlist is completed by the Black Eyed Peas and Shakira for “Girl Like Me”, Karol G for “Bichota” and Maluma for “Hawaii”.
The awards will return to New York and air from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on September 12. The awards can be seen on CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land, VH1 and The CW Network.
The nominees for best new artist are: 24kGoldn, Giveon, The Kid LAROI, Olivia Rodrigo, Polo G and Saweetie. Nominated in the rock category are “Use My Voice” by Evanescence, “Shame Shame” by Foo Fighters, “Last Train Home” by John Mayer, “My Own Soul’s Warning” by The Killers, “The Bandit” by Kings Of Leon and “Raise Vibration” by Lenny Kravitz.
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