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MTV Video Music Awards 2018 Nominations: Beyonce, Jay-Z, & Cardi B Lead [Full List] #VMAs

Published: Monday 16th Jul 2018 by Sam

It’s that time of year again.

The MTV Video Music Awards 2018 will be heating up screens on August 20th live from New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall.

Hailed as one of the most important days on the Pop music calendar, all eyes are on who is up for coveted Moonmen at the show’s 34th instalment. Especially with MTV soldiering on with gender-neutral categories.

Cardi B leads with a whopping 10 noms, while Beyonce and Jay-Z follow with 8. Other multi-nominated names include Bruno Mars and Ariana Grande. But what about the rest of the list?

Without further ado, the answer awaits below…

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records
Drake – “God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ariana Grande – Republic Records
Bruno Mars – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello – Syco Music/Epic Records
Cardi B – Atlantic Records
Drake – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
Post Malone – Republic Records

SONG OF THE YEAR
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records
Drake – “God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
Dua Lipa – “New Rules” – Warner Bros. Records
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar” – Republic Records

BEST NEW ARTIST
Bazzi – iamcosmic/Atlantic Records
Cardi B – Atlantic Records
Chloe x Halle – Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records
Hayley Kiyoko – Atlantic Records
Lil Pump – Warner Bros. Records
Lil Uzi Vert – Atlantic Records

BEST COLLABORATION
Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be” – Warner Bros. Records
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment
Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” – Epic Records/Nuyorican Productions
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255” – Def Jam Recordings
N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” – i am OTHER/Columbia Records

PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
JULY 2018 – Chloe x Halle – Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records
JUNE 2018 – Sigrid – Island Records
MAY 2018 – Lil Xan – Columbia Records
APRIL 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko – Atlantic Records
MARCH 2018 – Jessie Reyez – Island Records
FEBRUARY 2018 – Tee Grizzley – 300 Entertainment
JANUARY 2018 – Bishop Briggs – Island Records
DECEMBER 2017 – Grace VanderWaal – Syco Music/Columbia Records
NOVEMBER 2017 – Why Don’t We – Atlantic Records
OCTOBER 2017 – PRETTYMUCH – Syco Music/Columbia Records
SEPTEMBER 2017 – SZA – TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records
AUGUST 2017 – Kacy Hill – Def Jam Recordings
JULY 2017 – Khalid – RCA Records
JUNE 2017 – Kyle – Atlantic Records
MAY 2017 – Noah Cyrus – Republic Records

BEST POP
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry” – Island Records
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records
P!nk – “What About Us” – RCA Records
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Island Records

BEST HIP HOP
Cardi B ft. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi” – KSR/Atlantic Records
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment
Drake – “God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Record
J. Cole – “ATM” – Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope Records
Migos ft. Drake – “Walk It Talk It” – Quality Control/Capitol Records
Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li” – Young Money/Cash Money Records

BEST LATIN
Daddy Yankee – “Dura” – El Cartel Records/UMLE
J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente” – UMLE/Republic Records
Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” – Epic Records/Nuyorican Productions
Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa” – UMLE/Republic/Island/Universal Music Latino
Maluma – “Felices los 4” – Sony Music Entertainment US Latin
Shakira ft. Maluma – “Chantaje” – Sony Music Entertainment US Latin

BEST DANCE
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” – Geffen Records
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss” – Columbia Records
The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me” – Disruptor Records/Columbia Records
David Guetta & Sia – “Flames” – Atlantic Records
Marshmello ft. Khalid – “Silence” – RCA Records/Ultra Records
Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)” – Interscope Records

BEST ROCK
Fall Out Boy – “Champion” – Island Records
Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” – RCA Records
Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes” – KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records
Linkin Park – “One More Light” – Warner Bros. Records
Panic! At The Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” – Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water” – Interscope Records

VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records
Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – “Liberated” – Columbia Records
Drake – ‘God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
Janelle Monáe – “PYNK” – Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records
Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper” – Island Records
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255” – Def Jam Recordings

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains” – Def Jam Recordings – Cinematography by Pau Castejón
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records – Cinematography by Scott Cunningham
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Cinematography by Benoit Debie
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records – Cinematography by Larkin Seiple
Eminem ft. Ed Sheeran – “River” – Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Cinematography by Frank Mobilio & Patrick Meller
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Island Records – Cinematography by Jonathan Sela

BEST DIRECTION
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Directed by Ricky Saix
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records – Directed by Hiro Murai
Drake – “God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records – Directed by Karena Evans
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records – Directed by Jason Koenig
Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton – “Say Something” – RCA Records – Directed by Arturo Perez Jr.
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Island Records – Directed by Jay Martin

BEST ART DIRECTION
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Art Direction by Jan Houlevigue
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records – Art Direction by Jason Kisvarday
J. Cole – “ATM” – Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope Records – Art Direction by Miles Mullin
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” – Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records – Art Direction by Pepper Nguyen
SZA – “The Weekend” – TDE/RCA Records – Art Direction by SZA and Solange
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Big Machine Records – Art Direction by Brett Hess

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records – Visual Effects by Vidal and Loris Paillier for Buf
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” – Geffen Records – Visual Effects by KPP
Eminem ft. Beyoncé – “Walk On Water” – Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Visual Effects Supervisor Rich Lee for Drive Studios
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars” – TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier for BUF Paris
Maroon 5 – “Wait” – 222/Interscope Records – Visual Effects by TIMBER
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Big Machine Records – Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records – Choreography by Phil Tayag & Bruno Mars
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records – Choreography by Calvit Hodge and Sara Bivens
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Jaquel Knight
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records – Choreography by Sherrie Silver
Dua Lipa – “IDGAF” – Warner Bros. Records – Choreography by Marion Motin
Justin Timberlake – “Filthy” – RCA Records – Choreography by Marty Kudelka, AJ Harpold, Tracy Phillips, and Ivan Koumaev

BEST EDITING
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records – Editing by Jacquelyn London
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Taylor Ward and Sam Ostrove
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records – Editing by Ernie Gilbert
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” – Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records – Editing by Deji Laray
N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” – i am OTHER/Columbia Records – Editing by Taylor Ward
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Big Machine Records – Editing by Chancler Haynes for Cosmo

Your thoughts?

[Beyonce Photo Credit: Robin Harper]

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  1. SMH July 16, 2018

    Yawn.

    • BIGGESTAALIYAH July 16, 2018

      Agreed, it annoys me that they still have this award when they don’t play any music videos. It’s become pointless to me to have it televised on the station. Congrats to Cardi, well deserved. I see there is no R&B section, interesting (unless TGJ didn’t post it which I find hard to believe). Shame to R&B had a great year. No one say anything about the BET awards because the cover film and sports as well.

  2. Whoops 🤭🤷🏽‍♀️💅🏾 July 16, 2018

    Drake will probably take home the most. Cardi should win one or two. And whether or not you like the song, Apesh** is a great video, it should end up winning something. And the rest… Ariana, Camilla, Dua… don’t care.

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ July 16, 2018

      Apesh** shouldn’t win anything. There are way better more memorable songs with great videos that haven’t won. They shouldn’t get an award just cause.

      • Whoops 🤭🤷🏽‍♀️💅🏾 July 16, 2018

        ? They wouldn’t be getting an award “just cause”… they’d be getting an award because it’s a great video. And how is it that the video doesn’t deserve to win anything because other good songs/videos in the past didn’t?? By that logic, nobody should win anything. There are better songs than Bartier Cardi, Havana, Finesse, God’s Plan, New Rules, and everything else here too.

  3. AnonymousTruth July 16, 2018

    I’m here for all the Apesh!t noms 🙌🏾 Would be dope if the performed it .
    I actually love the song and the video is fire sooooo… let’s see .

  4. whhhewchil123 July 16, 2018

    this is why people accuse beyonce of buying awards why r chole x halle nominated for best new artist….with their riduculous platform what have they done?

    Ella Mai is currenttly the highest charting r&b artist this year number 5 in the charts no rnb song has done this by a woman of color in ages ….she should be nominated why is she not….coz beyonce n her roc nation gang her bought those two wieredos a nominatino….pathetic….

    Anyways….estelle released american boy in 2008….now in 2018 boo’d up….can u guys make an article about how in 10years for black british female singles NOTHING Has changed for those who sing r& b so there has beeen 0 progress in a DECADE and nobody cares….YYYY….. only in america or africa can a black woman have a commerically viable platform ? would love a well written n researched article on that

    thanks!!

    • Guest July 16, 2018

      Girl bye. Other than Cardi, no one else in that category is moving mountains in the industry either. The are 5 whole other people nominated in that category. But it’s Chloe and Halle that took Ella Mai’s spot? Riiigghtt. 😒 What’s your excuse for them? Why didn’t Ella Mai get nominated instead of Bazzi or Lil Pump? And you’re asking why only in Africa or America can black women gain commercial success, but yet you’re mad that Ella Mai isn’t being acknowledged at the VMAs, an American award show, as if British artists need American validation to be considered successful…. makes no sense.

      • whhhewchil123 July 16, 2018

        wow im sure your a complete imboicle….lil pump had a ridiculously big hit song last year ….spotify streams with over 400 million streams on that song alone.
        furthermore Bazzi’s new single beautfiul 10million youtube views in 1 month, and also spotify 368million streams on his song mine.

        Ella Mai stats boo’d up over 50million streams across her top 5 songs on spotify over 110 million streams…..youtube 139million views

        Chloe X Halle Happy without me 7million streams… just under 20million streams across their top 5 songs on spotify … Youtube views Video with top views just over 5million…

        commericially she Ella is more succesful than them…..this is a fact of numbers not my opinion….

        My dig at beyonce is that as a black woman this is a dirty trick for her & her gang against Ella…. Nobody is interested in Chloe X hALLE the numbers show this…they have been on huge tours even on a tv show….nobody cares….that is what i am saying…

        furthermore, u dont want to get in an argument with me child STAY IN YOUR LANE…MY YOUT when grown folk talk walk out

    • Alex July 16, 2018

      @whewwchile Can u not comprehend? It’s called the VMAS!! It’s about music videos! The BBMAs is the award show that showcases those who dominated the charts. Most videos are mediocre besides the ones created by Beyoncé. That’s why she has the Vanguard award. Stay mad and pressed. People are ALWAYS gonna accuse her of everything under the sun. 21 years later and she’s still here! You will deal!

    • Caleb July 16, 2018

      So somehow it’s Beyonce’s Fault that MTV didn’t nominate Ella mai for a VMA, and not MTV’s nominating committee? Cmon really

  5. MessyBoots July 16, 2018

    The VMA’S are irrelevant af.

  6. Whoops 🤭🤷🏽‍♀️💅🏾 July 16, 2018

    I’m here for Look What You Made Me Do consistently being ignored for the flop that it is.

    • whhhewchil123 July 16, 2018

      thank u thank & THANK U

    • Fancy BISH July 16, 2018

      Well dayum lol 😂 🤣

  7. K.B July 16, 2018

    If beyonce and Jay Z perform at the awards show this year we all know its because they told them that they won most of the major awards for that night.lol

  8. madbrax July 16, 2018

    mtg awards are irrelevant af. how much do those nominations and awards cost nowadays?

  9. Ron July 16, 2018

    Bartier Cardi was a waste of a nomination imo that video sucked. And since the awards are fan voted I’m expecting Jay+Bey and Drake to take most of wins.

  10. Fancy BISH July 16, 2018

    I’m here for Childish Gambino and The Carters 🤳🏽🔥

  11. Tino July 16, 2018

    So the Carters got 8 noms for album that made no impact and a garbage song that was hot for a week and fell off the charts lol SMH

    • Whoops 🤭🤷🏽‍♀️💅🏾 July 16, 2018

      You do understand that the V in VMA stands for VIDEO, right?

      • Frigo July 17, 2018

        And u understand the M is for music right?
        When a music sucks so much as apeshit no vídeo Can save it!

      • Whoops 🤭🤷🏽‍♀️💅🏾 July 17, 2018

        Obviously. The music aspect is there to indicate that we’re not talking about videos in film, television, or some other artistic category. But this award show was specifically designed to honor music videos. That’s the whole point. And y’all are being dramatic af. As if this is Rebecca Black’s Friday. I don’t know if it’s because it’s Beyoncé or what, but the song is not that bad.

  12. Tino July 16, 2018

    Eminem and Timberthief albums and songs did better than the Carters flop but I guess they didn’t pay enough lol

  13. Tino July 16, 2018

    You do understand that Beyonce bleeds like every other human right ??

  14. Tino July 16, 2018

    se 8 noms don’t got s*** to do with that garbage ass video lol $$$$

  15. DanYiel Iman July 16, 2018

    Any time someone of color is nominated makes it a great show!

  16. DatDude July 16, 2018

    Why is the Carters nominated and Arianna? Didnt they just released their songs like a month or 2?See this the B.S I be talking about MTV Vmas is nothing but a plot of Nominations for fans favs!! Cardi “I Like it” song should had been nominated before theirs I mean she did break a record with the song.. I’m so disappointed at this nomination picks!!

  17. Moe July 17, 2018

    Yes so happy with noms , the queen jlo got 2 noms wow . But i have preferred El anillo as best latin better than dinero

  18. JASON July 17, 2018

    IM SO GLAD JLO GOT 2 NOMINATIONS!!! FINALLY THEY RECONIZING ANOTHER TALENT THATS BEEN IN THE GAME FOR DECADES, UNLIKE SOMEONE ELSE WHO JUST PAYS FOR THEIR NOMINATIONS FOR DROPPING SHITTY VIDEOS.

  19. T-southafrican guy July 17, 2018

    Toni braxton long as i live

    • Krammer July 17, 2018

      hope logic wins his song has a real message

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