Lil Nas X, Kendrick Lamar lead MTV Video Music Awards nominees

Lil Nas X and Lamar each received seven nominations, while Doja Cat received six nods and recognized for five were Drake and The Weeknd.

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MTV announced the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) nominees on Tuesday. Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow and Kendrick Lamar are tied with seven nominations.

Lil Nas X is up for Artist of the Year, while his remaining six nods stem from his music video for “INDUSTRY BABY,” featuring Jack Harlow. They are Video of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects and Best Choreography. Harlow also has received seven nominations, including Artist of the Year.

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Kendrick Lamar, who this year is nominated for seven MTV Video Music Awards, poses in August 2017 with the six statues he won at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards for his work on “Humble.” (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Lamar’s video for “The Heart Part 5” has been nominated for Video for Good and Best Visual Effects. His video for “N95,” the lead single from his new album, “Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers,” also received two nominations, including Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Cinematography.

Three of Lamar’s nominations come from his collaboration with his cousin, rapper/producer Baby Keem. Their “family ties” video was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Direction and Best Editing. These are Keem’s first career VMA nominations, along with a nod for Best New Artist.

In addition, Doja Cat received six nominations, The Weeknd and Drake snagged five nods, while Cardi B, Lizzo and Future all garnered four.

The 2022 MTV VMAs will air live on Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. EST from New Jersey’s Prudential Center. Additionally, the awards will be simulcasted on BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, CW Network, LOGO, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TVLand and VH1.

2022 MTV Video Music Award Nominations List:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR, Presented by Burger King®  

Doja Cat – “Woman”
Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”
Ed Sheeran – “Shivers”
Harry Styles – “As It Was“
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY”
Olivia Rodrigo – “brutal”
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)  

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Bad Bunny
Drake
Ed Sheeran
Harry Styles
Jack Harlow
Lil Nas X
Lizzo

SONG OF THE YEAR

Adele – “Easy On Me”
Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”
Doja Cat – “Woman”
Elton John & Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)”  
Lizzo – “About Damn Time”
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – “STAY”

BEST NEW ARTIST, Presented by EXTRA® Gum

Baby Keem
Dove Cameron  
GAYLE
Latto
Måneskin
SEVENTEEN

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

September 2021: Griff – “One Night”
October 2021: Remi Wolf – “Sexy Villain”
November 2021: Nessa Barrett – “i hope ur miserable until ur dead”
December 2021: SEVENTEEN – “Rock With You”
January 2021: Mae Muller – “Better Days”
February 2022: GAYLE – “abcdefu”
March 2022: Sheneesa – “R U That”
April 2022: Omar Apollo – “Tamagotchi”
May 2022: Wet Leg – “Chaise Longue”
June 2022: Muni Long – “Baby Boo”
July 2022: Doechii – “Persuasive”

BEST COLLABORATION

Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”
Elton John & Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)”
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY”
Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie”
Post Malone & The Weeknd – “One Right Now”
ROSALÍA ft. The Weeknd – “LA FAMA”
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – “STAY”

BEST POP

Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” 
Doja Cat – “Woman”
Ed Sheeran – “Shivers”
Harry Styles – “As It Was”
Lizzo – “About Damn Time”
Olivia Rodrigo – “traitor”

BEST HIP-HOP

Eminem & Snoop Dogg – “From The D 2 The LBC”
Future ft. Drake, Tems – “WAIT FOR U”
Kendrick Lamar – “N95”
Latto – “Big Energy”
Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Baby – “Do We Have A Problem?”
Pusha T – “Diet Coke” 

BEST ROCK

Foo Fighters – “Love Dies Young”
Jack White – “Taking Me Back”
Muse – “Won’t Stand Down”
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Black Summer”
Shinedown – “Planet Zero”
Three Days Grace – “So Called Life”

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Avril Lavigne ft. blackbear – “Love It When You Hate Me”
Imagine Dragons x JID – “Enemy”
Machine Gun Kelly ft. WILLOW – “emo girl”
Måneskin – “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE”
Panic! At The Disco – “Viva Las Vengeance” 
Twenty One Pilots  – “Saturday”
WILLOW, Avril Lavigne ft. Travis Barker – “G R O W”

BEST LATIN

Anitta – “Envolver”
Bad Bunny – “Tití Me Preguntó”
Becky G X KAROL G – “MAMIII”
Daddy Yankee – “REMIX”
Farruko – “Pepas”
J Balvin & Skrillex – “In Da Getto”

BEST R&B

Alicia Keys – “City of Gods (Part II)”
Chlöe – “Have Mercy”
H.E.R. – “For Anyone”
Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side”
Summer Walker, SZA & Cardi B – “No Love (Extended Version)”
The Weeknd – “Out Of Time”

BEST K-POP

BTS – “Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)” – BIGHIT Music / Geffen Recrds 
ITZY – “LOCO”
LISA – “LALISA”
SEVENTEEN – “HOT”
Stray Kids – “MANIAC”
TWICE – “The Feels”

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5”
Latto – “P*ssy”
Lizzo – “About Damn Time”
Rina Sawayama – “This Hell”
Stromae – ”Fils de joie”

BEST METAVERSE PERFORMANCE

BLACKPINK The Virtual | PUBG
BTS | Minecraft
Charli XCX | Roblox
Justin Bieber – An Interactive Virtual Experience | Wave
Rift Tour ft. Ariana Grande | Fortnite
Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience | Roblox

BEST LONGFORM VIDEO

Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles
Foo Fighters – Studio 666
Kacey Musgraves – star-crossed
Madonna – Madame X
Olivia Rodrigo – driving home 2 u
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties”
Camila Cabello ft. Ed Sheeran – “Bam Bam”
Harry Styles – “As It Was”
Kendrick Lamar – “N95”
Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side”
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)

BEST DIRECTION

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties”
Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”
Ed Sheeran – “Shivers”
Harry Styles – “As It Was”
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY”
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)

BEST ART DIRECTION

Adele – “Oh My God”
Doja Cat – “Get Into It (Yuh)”
Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”
Kacey Musgraves – “simple times”
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”
Coldplay X BTS – “My Universe”
Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5”
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY”
Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie”
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – “STAY”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

BTS – “Permission to Dance”
Doja Cat – “Woman”
FKA twigs ft. The Weeknd – “Tears In The Club” 
Harry Styles – “As It Was”
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY”
Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side”

BEST EDITING 

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties”
Doja Cat – “Get Into It (Yuh)”
Olivia Rodrigo – “brutal”
ROSALÍA – “SAOKO”
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)
The Weeknd – “Take My Breath” 

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