MTV Video Music Awards 2019 Nominations: Ariana Grande & Taylor Swift Lead / Cardi B, Solange, H.E.R Named [Full List] #VMAs

Published: Tuesday 23rd Jul 2019 by Sam

It’s that time of year again.

The MTV Video Music Awards 2019 will be heating up screens on August 25th live from New Jersey’s Prudential Center.

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 35th instalment. Especially with MTV soldiering on with gender-neutral categories.

Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift leads with a whopping 10 noms a piece, while the likes of Cardi B, Billie Eilish, Solange, and H.E.R scored major looks. But what about the rest of the list?

Without further ado, the answer awaits below…

COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

21 Savage ft. J. Cole –  “a lot” – Epic Records

Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” – Darkroom/Interscope Records

Ariana Grande – “thank u, next” – Republic Records

Jonas Brothers – “Sucker” – Republic Records

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Columbia Records

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Republic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Cardi B – Atlantic Records

Billie Eilish – Darkroom/Interscope Records

Ariana Grande – Republic Records

Halsey – Astralwerks/Capitol Records

Jonas Brothers – Republic Records

Shawn Mendes– Island Records

SONG OF THE YEAR

Drake – “In My Feelings” – Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records

Ariana Grande – “thank u, next” – Republic Records

Jonas Brothers – “Sucker” – Republic Records

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow” – Interscope Records

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Columbia Records

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Republic Records

BEST NEW ARTIST, presented by Taco Bell®

Ava Max – Atlantic Records

Billie Eilish – Darkroom/Interscope Records

H.E.R. – MBK/RCA Records

Lil Nas X – Columbia Records

Lizzo – Atlantic Records

ROSALÍA – Columbia Records

BEST COLLABORATION

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Columbia Records

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow” – Interscope Records

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” – Island Records

Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – “ME!” – Republic Records

Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care” – Atlantic Records

BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv” – Columbia Records

PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Bazzi – Atlantic Records

CNCO – RCA Records

Billie Eilish – Darkroom/Interscope Records

H.E.R. – MBK/RCA Records

Lauv – LAUV/AWAL

Lizzo – Atlantic Records

BEST POP

5 Seconds of Summer – “Easier” – Interscope Records

Cardi B & Bruno Mars – “Please Me” – Atlantic Records

Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” – Darkroom/Interscope Records

Ariana Grande – “thank u, next” – Republic Records

Jonas Brothers – “Sucker” – Republic Records

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Republic Records

BEST HIP HOP

2 Chainz ft. Ariana Grande – “Rule the World” – 2 Chainz Ps/Def Jam

21 Savage ft. J. Cole –  “a lot” – Epic Records

Cardi B – “Money” – Atlantic Records

DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher” – We The Best/Epic Records

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Columbia Records

Travis Scott ft. Drake – “SICKO MODE” – Epic Records/Grand Hustle/Cactus Jack

BEST R&B

Anderson .Paak ft. Smokey Robinson – “Make It Better” – Aftermath Ent/12 Tone Music

Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer” – RCA Records

H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller – “Could’ve Been” – MBK/RCA Records

Alicia Keys – “Raise A Man” – RCA Records

Ella Mai – “Trip” – 10 Summers/Interscope Records

Normani ft. 6lack – “Waves” – Keep Cool/RCA Records

BEST K-POP

BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv” – Columbia Records

BLACKPINK – “Kill This Love” – YG Entertainment/Interscope Records

Monsta X ft. French Montana – “Who Do You Love” – Epic Records

TOMORROW X TOGETHER – “Cat & Dog” – Republic Records

NCT 127 – “Regular” – SM Entertainment

EXO – “Tempo” – SM Entertainment

BEST LATIN

Anuel AA, Karol G – “Secreto” – Universal Music Latino

Bad Bunny ft. Drake – “MIA” – OVO Sound/Warner Bros. Records

benny blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez, J Balvin – “I Can’t Get Enough” – NEON16/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope Records

Daddy Yankee ft. Snow – “Con Calma” – Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Maluma – “Mala Mía” – Sony Music US Latin

ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura” – Columbia Records

BEST DANCE

The Chainsmokers ft. Bebe Rexha – “Call You Mine” – Disruptor/Columbia Records

Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato – “Solo” – Big Beat/Atlantic Records

DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B – “Taki Taki” – DJ Snake Music Productions Ltd/Geffen

David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin – “Say My Name” – Big Beat/Atlantic Records

Marshmello & Bastille – “Happier” – Capitol Records

Silk City & Dua Lipa – “Electricity” – Columbia Records

BEST ROCK

The 1975 – “Love It If We Made It” – Dirty Hit/Interscope Records

Fall Out Boy – “Bishops Knife Trick” – Island Records

Imagine Dragons – “Natural” – KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records

Lenny Kravitz – “Low” – BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

Panic! At The Disco – “High Hopes” – Elektra Music Group

twenty one pilots – “My Blood” – Elektra Music Group

VIDEO FOR GOOD 

Halsey – “Nightmare” – Astralwerks/Capitol Records

The Killers – “Land of the Free” – Island

Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey ft. Gallant – “Runaway Train” – Interscope Records

John Legend – “Preach” – Columbia Records

Lil Dicky – “Earth” – Dirty Burd, Inc./Commission/BMG

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Republic Records

BEST DIRECTION

Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” – Darkroom/Interscope Records – Directed by Dave Meyers

FKA twigs – “Cellophane” – Young Turks – Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang

Ariana Grande – “thank you, next” – Republic Records – Directed by Hannah Lux Davis

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Columbia Records – Directed by Calmatic

LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends” – Columbia Records – Directed by Dano Cerny

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Republic Records – Directed by Drew Kirsch & Taylor Swift

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Billie Eilish – “when the party’s over” – Darkroom/Interscope Records – Visual Effects by Ryan Ross, Andres Jaramillo

FKA twigs – “Cellophane” – Young Turks – Visual Effects by Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti for Analog

Ariana Grande – “God is a Woman” – Republic Records – Visual Effects by Fabrice Lagayette, Kristina Prilukova & Rebecca Rice for Mathematic

DJ Khaled ft. SZA – “Just Us” – We The Best/Epic Records – Visual Effects by Sergii Mashevskyi

LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends” – Columbia Records – Visual Effects by Ethan Chancer

Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – “ME!” – Republic Records – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier & Lucas Salton for BUF VFX

BEST EDITING

Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Tints” – Aftermath Ent/12 Tone Music – Editing by Elias Talbot

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Columbia Record – Editing by Calmatic

Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” – Darkroom/Interscope Records – Editing by Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” – Republic Records – Editing by Hannah Lux Davis & Taylor Walsh

Solange – “Almeda” – Columbia Records – Editing by Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs, Jonathon Proctor

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Republic Records – Editing by Jarrett Fijal

BEST ART DIRECTION

BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv” – Columbia Records – Art Direction by JinSil Park, BoNa Kim (MU:E)

Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” – Republic Records – Art Direction by John Richoux

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Columbia Records – Art Direction by Itaru Dela Vegas

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” – Island Records – Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Republic Records – Art Direction by Brittany Porter

Kanye West and Lil’ Pump ft. Adele Givens – “I Love It” – Warner Records & Def Jam Music Group – Art Direction by Tino Schaedler

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

FKA twigs – “Cellophane” – Young Turks – Choreography by Kelly Yvonne

ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura” – Columbia Records – Choreography by Charm La’Donna

LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends” – Columbia Records – Choreography by Ryan Heffington

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” – Island Records – Choreography by Calvit Hodge, Sara Biv

Solange – “Almeda” – Columbia Records – Choreography by Maya Taylor, Solange Knowles

BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv” – Columbia Records – Choreography by Rie Hata

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Tints” – Aftermath Ent/12 Tone Music – Cinematography by Elias Talbot

Billie Eilish – “hostage” – Darkroom/Interscope Records – Cinematography by Pau Castejon

Ariana Grande – “thank you, next” – Republic Records – Cinematography by Christopher Probst

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” – Island Records – Cinematography by Scott Cunningham

Solange – “Almeda” – Columbia Records – Cinematography by Chayse Irvin, Ryan Marie Helfant, Justin Hamilton

Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – “ME!” – Republic Records – Cinematography by Starr Whitesides

TOTALS

Ariana Grande – 10 Nominations

Video of the Year

Artist of the Year

Song of the Year

Best Pop

Best Hip-Hop

Best Direction

Best Visual Effects

Best Editing

Best Art Direction

Best Cinematography

Taylor Swift – 10 Nominations

Video of the Year

Song of the Year

Best Collaboration

Best Pop

Best Direction

Best Visual Effects

Best Editing

Best Art Direction

Best Cinematography

Video For Good

Billie Eilish – 9 Nominations

Video of the Year

Artist of the Year

Best New Artist, presented by Taco Bell®

Best Pop

Best Direction

Best Visual Effects

Push Artist of the Year

Best Editing

Best Cinematography

Lil Nas X – 8 Nominations

Video of the Year

Song of the Year

Best New Artist, presented by Taco Bell®

Best Collaboration

Best Hip-Hop

Best Direction

Best Editing

Best Art Direction

Halsey – 6 Nominations

Artist of the Year

Best Collaboration

Video For Good

Best Art Direction

Best Choreography

Best K-POP

Shawn Mendes – 5 Nominations

Artist of the Year

Best Collaboration

Best Art Direction

Best Choreography

Best Cinematography

Camila Cabello – 4 Nominations

Best Collaboration

Best Art Direction

Best Choreography

Best Cinematography

Cardi B – 4 Nominations

Artist of the Year

Best Pop

Best Hip-Hop

Best Dance

J Balvin – 4 Nominations

Best Latin

Best Latin

Best Dance

Best Choreography

Jonas Brothers – 4 Nominations

Video of the Year

Artist of the Year

Song of the Year

Best Pop

BTS – 4 Nominations

Best Collaboration

Best Art Direction

Best Choreography

Best K-POP

Anderson .Paak – 3 Nominations

Best R&B

Best Editing

Best Cinematography

Drake – 3 Nominations

Song of the Year

Best Hip-Hop

Best Latin

FKA twigs – 3 Nominations

Best Direction

Best Visual Effects

Best Choreography

H.E.R. – 3 Nominations

Best New Artist

Best R&B

Push Artist of the Year

LSD – 3 Nominations

Best Direction

Best Visual Effects

Best Choreography

ROSALÍA – 3 Nominations

Best New Artist, presented by Taco Bell®

Best Latin

Best Choreography

Solange – 3 Nominations

Best Editing

Best Choreography

Best Cinematography

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  1. meeee July 23, 2019

    where the hell is Dancing with a Stranger

    • SMH July 23, 2019

      Normani got a nomination for “Waves” so congrats to her!

    • Kenneth July 23, 2019

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    • iamdiego July 23, 2019

      we got ‘Waves’ (which we love) okay thats cool, but where is DWAS? im with you. that would have been an easy award to win for them. the vid was nice and it performed very well.

  2. AdeleFan July 23, 2019

    I’ll jus watch this based on the performers cause idc bout the noms

    • SMH July 23, 2019

      Not even, the performers’ list is even worse than the nominees.

  3. Jeans July 23, 2019

    Where the hell is Janet “Made For Now?”

    • Justme July 23, 2019

      That video sucked. And I’m a Janet fan.

      • Bey Best July 23, 2019

        No t no shade, I agree.

      • Keith July 23, 2019

        As a Janet fan, I wouldn’t say the video “sucked” but it was not one of the stronger entries in her catalogue. We were excited as fans, but I don’t think it brought anything particularly fresh or innovative to the mix…

      • SMH July 23, 2019

        Nah, it didn’t suck, it just wasn’t the one.

  4. Justme July 23, 2019

    Not exciting at all

  5. Bey Best July 23, 2019

    Scooter Braun’s client versus Scooter Braun’s enemy, I am here for that showdown.

  6. Clarkson July 23, 2019

    Our black gay king strikes again
    I fold yall he was gonna get video of the year, best collaboration, etc
    I hope he wins something cause he deserves it.

    Arianna is winning video of the year for sure

    I’m surprised dancing with a stranger was snubbed
    Cardi b press was snubbed
    Bebe rexha last hurrah was snubbed
    Nicki minaj megatron was snubbed…….nah I’m just kidding, megatron video is trash.LOL nicki deserves nothing.

    • YOUNGJ July 23, 2019

      That Nicki comment LMAO!!!!!

    • Kenneth Cooper July 23, 2019

      Cardi is 🗑 too

  7. Dc July 23, 2019

    Money hands down best video hate these racist white ass shows

  8. Danny Bey July 23, 2019

    Trash. Ill be skipping this year. VMAs have been canceled in my book now that theyve taken out MJ’s name from the Vanguard award based on that that dumb a** lying a** joke of a “documentary”.

  9. ??? July 23, 2019

    lmaooooo solange got 3 noms, but no roach????? lmaooo i thought the bugs nest said that #HomeFLOPPING would sweep awards season lmfaoooooooooooooooooooo

    • Clocking the fake Beyonce haters July 23, 2019

      I probably shouldn’t even respond to you since you’re on every post saying roach this and that. But why do you care exactly? Like really if you hate Beyonce and her fans wouldn’t you act like she/we don’t exist? I mean that’s what I do for people I claim not to like 🤷🏾‍♂️

      • ??? July 23, 2019

        lmaoooo yeah you shoulda used your energy streaming that flop of an album she has instead of responding lmfaooooo 😂 😂😂 😂

      • Clocking the fake Beyonce haters July 23, 2019

        I did stream the music is quality I like the artist she has featured in there 🤷🏾‍♂️
        You’re streaming it too though Beyonce fan

      • ??? July 23, 2019

        lmaoooo wrong bug, i dont stream flops, my faves sell units unlike yours lmfaooooooo

    • Clocking the fake Beyonce haters July 23, 2019

      You couldn’t even answer the question though cause you don’t even know why you’re infatuated with Beyoncé….oh it’s cause she’s that great that she occupies your mind everyday, literally every post about her for years you say the same thing lmao

      • ??? July 23, 2019

        lmaooo what question, why did she FLOP so hard for the THIRD time? apparently nobody is obsessed with her except you broke ass roaches who cant even stream her sh!t to save her from tanking all the time lmfaoooo

      • Clocking the fake Beyonce haters July 23, 2019

        Nope you’re obsessed darling. You even bring her up on posts she’s not mentioned on. All you can talk about is how many albums she’s sold on the last 3 projects but you claim not to like her or be laying attention when in fact you are. So again you can’t answer WHY you can’t stop mentioning her or commenting on every post about her. Lmao
        Why do you “smh, ???” And whatever other usernames you comment with, keep commenting about her and her album sales? What are you gaining? You probably have a stomach ulcer by now stressing this much over her babydoll. Seek help.

  10. Tyty July 23, 2019

    Nothing Taylor Swift or Ariana released video-wise warranted 10 nominations but okay 🤦🏽‍♀️

    • Haterz Gon‘ Hate July 23, 2019

      Agreed – like Ariana has BOPs but 10 Noms? No M’am. ☝🏾🖐🏾😑

  11. SMH July 23, 2019

    That ‘best choreography’ category is atrocious. Why the hell wasn’t Ciara nominated for “Level Up” or even “Dose” smfh.

    • Haterz Gon‘ Hate July 23, 2019

      RIGHT – I was like: gone are the days when this was a diverse selection of the best choreography impacting popular music 🤦🏾‍♂️

  12. Whoops 🤷🏽‍♀️💅🏾🤭 July 23, 2019

    The decline is real. It’s the battle of the basics. That’s like watching a bunch of white girls compete to see who’s the most original. Good for Lil Nas X tho.

  13. JUST SAYING July 23, 2019

    Where is Ciara Level UP and Thinking bou you?

  14. MessyBoots July 23, 2019

    Yawn. I have long since passed VMA’S target demo. Thank God.

    I wonder who’s going to win the Michael Vanguard award. There are only so many music vid ICONS left today.

  15. ERIC July 23, 2019

    Prudential? I was just there last week for Jennifer Lopez who gave an INCREDIBLE concert!

  16. Tom July 23, 2019

    Beyonce not there? I’m not watching.

  17. iamdiego July 23, 2019

    i’m happy that Normani is finally nominated for something, but they know they could have gave ‘Dancing With a Stranger’ some noms (atleast best collab). the video was is beautifuly shot and the choreo was on point. not to mention its been out all yr and pretty much stayed in the top 10 on the Hot100 for most of those weeks (the song is currently still in the top 20).

  18. 2bad2bme July 23, 2019

    Taylor put some Drag Queens in a video dressed as the biggest pop female artists today, reunites with Katy Perry and they act like it’s the best thing since Swiss cheese…

  19. Lou-Andrew Rodriguez July 23, 2019

    Nothing for Normani!? Robbed

    • Jam July 23, 2019

      Waves

  20. Lil nas tee aws July 23, 2019

    How they didn’t nominate Nicki. F*** Cardi B

  21. thanosoftitan July 23, 2019

    What is going on?!

    They didn’t shoehorn Nicki or Beyonce into any categories a’la BET? What is the world coming to?

    Not really interested in any of the nominated works. And the only listed artists that interest me are Lil Nas X, Lizzo, and Cardi.

    These award shows are on a sharp decline year to year.

  22. truthteller July 24, 2019

    Is this new K-Pop category new? It made me chuckle. K-Pop is just a rip-off of J-Pop and Western pop music.

  23. FMcL July 24, 2019

    WOW. Cardi wasn’t nominated for video of the year?! Wow! Really doe?! WOOOOOW! Sounds about white!

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