The MTV Video Music Awards is an awards ceremony known for surprises, from Madonna and Britney Spears’s famous kiss to Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress. This year’s surprise will be the ceremony itself, planned to be held in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic at New York City’s Barclays Arena in Brooklyn on August 30. Today, MTV revealed the list of artists it expects to attend an in-person ceremony as VMA nominees. Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the pack with nine nominations each, mostly off the strength of their Chromatica collaboration “Rain on Me.” Other top nominees include Billie Eilish and the Weeknd with six apiece. While the awards ceremony itself won’t recognize quarantine (performances will take place across all five of New York’s boroughs, MTV promises/threatens), the awards will, with two new categories for Best Music Video From Home and Best Quarantine Performance. The full list of nominees is below.

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


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 and 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”

Push Best New Artist

Doja Cat

Jack Harlow

Lewis Capaldi

Roddy Ricch

Tate McRae


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”


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, “Queì Pena”

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”


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 Nogú

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


Best Choreography

BTS, “On”: Choreography by Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun, Lee Byung Eun

CNCO and 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

Here Are the Nominees for the 2020 (In-Person) VMAs