2020 MTV Video Music Awards: See the Complete List of Nominees

Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish and The Weeknd lead the nominations for the 2020 MTV VMAs. See who else is nominated for top awards.

By Mike Vulpo Jul 30, 2020 8:00 PMTags
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It's time to celebrate the best in music!

Exactly one month before the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards take place, event organizers surprised pop culture fans today by announcing this year's nominees. 

"We're excited to unveil the incredible list of VMA nominees who shaped this year's unique music landscape and bring fans a show that celebrates the powerful unifying force of music," Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events for ViacomCBS Media Networks, said in a statement to E! News.

So, who are the lucky—and deserving—nominees? 

Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga received the most nominations with nine a piece. Not far behind were Billie Eilish and The Weeknd with six each.

And when scrolling through the nominees below, fans may notice some new categories that reflect the times we are living in such as "Best Music Video From Home" and "Best Quarantine Performance." 

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Without further ado, take a look at the musicians who are nominated for MTV's annual award show scheduled for August 30 at the Barclays Center in New York City.

Video of the Year

Billie Eilish – "everything i wanted"
Eminem ft. Juice WRLD – "Godzilla"
Future ft. Drake – "Life Is Good
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 ft. J Balvin – "RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)"
Ed Sheeran ft. Khalid – "Beautiful People"
Future ft. Drake – "Life Is Good"
Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj – "Tusa"
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – "Rain On Me"

 

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Push Best New Artist, Presented by Chime Banking

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 ft. Quavo – "Intentions"
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – "Rain On Me"
Taylor Swift – "Lover" 

Best Hip-Hop 

DaBaby – "BOP"
Eminem ft. Juice WRLD – "Godzilla"
Future ft. 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 ft. 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 ft. Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G & J Balvin – "China"
Bad Bunny – "Yo Perreo Sola"
Black Eyed Peas ft. Ozuna & J. Rey Soul – "MAMACITA"
J Balvin – "Amarillo"
Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj – "Tusa"
Maluma ft. J Balvin – "Qué Pena"

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Best R&B

Alicia Keys – "Underdog"
Chloe x Halle – "Do It"
H.E.R. ft. YG – "Slide"
Khalid ft. 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 & Halle – "Do It" from MTV's Prom-athon
CNCO – 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 ft. DaBaby – "My Oh My" – Cinematography by Dave Meyers
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" – Visual Effects by Drive Studios
Demi Lovato – "I Love Me" – Visual Effects by Hoody FX
Dua Lipa – "Physical" – Visual Effects by EIGHTY4
Harry Styles – "Adore You" – Visual Effects by Mathematic
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – "Rain On Me" – Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios
Travis Scott – "HIGHEST IN THE ROOM"– 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

The 2020 MTV VMAs air Sunday, August 30 on MTV.