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A Complete List of All of the Nominees for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards

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Aug. 11 2021, Published 2:37 p.m. ET

Every year, the MTV Video Music Awards showcase what's hottest at the moment across all genres of music. The awards show has become a hub for established and emerging artists to give fans a taste of their talents and be recognized for their successes. For 2021, the formula remains the same, but some new faces have joined the mix among the talented stars who have been nominated.

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With that being said, here's a complete list of all of the nominees tapped for the 2021 MTV VMAs, including what they're being nominated for. Keep scrolling to check them all out.

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Here are all of the artists nominated for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.

The 2021 VMAs return to New York City on Sunday, September 12, at 8 p.m. EST, and will take place at Brooklyn's own Barclays Center. Beginning on August 11, 2021, fans will be able to vote for their favorite performers spanning 14 gender-neutral categories. These prestigious awards include "Video of the Year," "Artist of the Year," "Best Collaboration" and a variety of others. Viewers can cast their votes by visiting vma.mtv.com up until Friday, September 3, 2021, when the polls close.

1.) Video of the Year nominations

  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP” – Atlantic Records
  • DJ Khaled ft. Drake – “POPSTAR” (Starring Justin Bieber) – OVO / We The Best / Epic Records
  • Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits” – Atlantic Records
  • Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” – Columbia Records
  • The Weeknd – “Save Your Tears” – XO / Republic Records
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2.) Artist of the Year nominations

  • Ariana Grande – Republic Records
  • Doja Cat – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • Justin Bieber – Def Jam
  • Megan Thee Stallion – 300 Entertainment
  • Olivia Rodrigo – Geffen Records
  • Taylor Swift – Republic Records
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3.) Song of the Year nominations

  • 24kGoldn ft. iann dior – “Mood” – RECORDS LLC / Columbia Records
  • Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave The Door Open” – Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records
  • BTS – “Dynamite” – BIGHIT MUSIC
  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP” – Atlantic Records
  • Dua Lipa – “Levitating” – Warner Records
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “drivers license” – Geffen Records

4.) Best New Artist nominations

  • 24kGoldn – RECORDS LLC / Columbia Records
  • Giveon – Epic Records / Not So Fast
  • The Kid LAROI – Columbia Records
  • Olivia Rodrigo – Geffen Records
  • Polo G – Columbia Records
  • Saweetie – Warner Records
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5.) Push Performance of the Year nominations

  • September 2020: Wallows – "Are You Bored Yet?" – Columbia Records
  • October 2020: Ashnikko – "Daisy" – Warner Records
  • November 2020: SAINt JHN – "Gorgeous" – Godd Complexx / HITCO
  • December 2020: 24kGoldn – "Coco" – RECORDS LLC / Columbia Records
  • January 2021: JC Stewart – "Break My Heart" – Elektra Music Group
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  • February 2021: Latto – "Sex Lies" – RCA Records
  • March 2021: Madison Beer – "Selfish" – Epic Records / Sing It Loud
  • April 2021: The Kid LAROI – "WITHOUT YOU" – Columbia Records
  • May 2021: Olivia Rodrigo – "drivers license" – Geffen Records
  • June 2021: girl in red "Serotonin" – world in red / AWAL
  • July 2021: Fousheé – "my slime" – RCA Records
  • August 2021: jxdn – “Think About Me” – DTA Records / Elektra Music Group

6.) Best Collaboration nominations

  • 24kGoldn ft. iann dior – “Mood” – RECORDS LLC / Columbia Records
  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP” – Atlantic Records
  • Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • Drake ft. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now Cry Later” – OVO / Republic Records
  • Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches” – Def Jam
  • Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa – “Prisoner” – RCA Records
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7.) Best Pop nominations

  • Ariana Grande – “positions” – Republic Records
  • Billie Eilish – “Therefore I Am” – Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • BTS – “Butter” – BIGHIT MUSIC
  • Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness” – Columbia Records
  • Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches” – Def Jam
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “good 4 u” – Geffen Records
  • Shawn Mendes – “Wonder” – Island Records
  • Taylor Swift – “willow” – Republic Records
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8.) Best Hip-Hop nominations

  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP” – Atlantic Records
  • Drake ft. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now Cry Later” – OVO / Republic Records
  • Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “On Me (remix)” – Quality Control / Motown
  • Moneybagg Yo – “Said Sum” – N-Less Entertainment / Interscope Records
  • Polo G – “RAPSTAR” – Columbia Records
  • Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. – “FRANCHISE” – Cactus Jack / Epic Records

9.) Best Rock nominations

  • Evanescence – “Use My Voice” – BMG
  • Foo Fighters – “Shame Shame” – Roswell Records / RCA Records
  • John Mayer – “Last Train Home” – Columbia Records
  • The Killers – “My Own Soul's Warning” – Island
  • Kings Of Leon – “The Bandit” – RCA Records
  • Lenny Kravitz – “Raise Vibration” – Roxie Records / BMG
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10.) Best Alternative nominations

  • Bleachers – “Stop Making This Hurt” – RCA Records
  • Glass Animals – “Heat Waves” – Republic Records
  • Imagine Dragons – “Follow You” – KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records
  • Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear – “my ex’s best friend” – Bad Boy / Interscope Records
  • twenty one pilots – “Shy Away” – Fueled By Ramen
  • WILLOW ft. Travis Barker – “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l” – MSFTSMusic / Roc Nation
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11.) Best Latin nominations

  • Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez – “Dákiti” – The Orchard
  • Billie Eilish & ROSALÍA – “Lo Vas A Olvidar” – Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • Black Eyed Peas and Shakira – “GIRL LIKE ME” – Epic Records
  • J. Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy – “UN DIA (ONE DAY)” – Universal Music Latino / NEON16
  • Karol G – “Bichota” – Universal Music Latino
  • Maluma – “Hawái” – Sony Music US Latin

12.) Best R&B nominations

  • Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – “BROWN SKIN GIRL” – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records
  • Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave The Door Open” – Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records
  • Chris Brown and Young Thug – “Go Crazy” – Chris Brown Entertainment/RCA Records
  • Giveon – “HEARTBREAK ANNIVERSARY” – Epic Records / Not So Fast
  • H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown – “Come Through” - MBK Entertainment / RCA Records
  • SZA – “Good Days” – Top Dawg Entertainment / RCA Records
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13.) Best K-Pop nominations

  • (G)I-DLE – “DUMDi DUMDi” – Republic Records
  • BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez – “Ice Cream” – YG Entertainment / Interscope Records
  • BTS – “Butter” – BIGHIT MUSIC Monsta X – “Gambler” – Starship Entertainment
  • SEVENTEEN – “Ready to love” – Pledis Entertainment
  • TWICE – “Alcohol-Free” – JYP Entertainment Company
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14.) Video for Good nominations

  • Billie Eilish – “Your Power” – Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • Demi Lovato – “Dancing With The Devil” – Island
  • H.E.R. – “Fight For You” – MBK Entertainment / RCA Records
  • Kane Brown – “Worldwide Beautiful” – Sony Music Nashville / RCA Records
  • Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” – Columbia Records
  • Pharrell Williams ft. JAY-Z – “Entrepreneur” – Columbia Records

15.) Best Direction nominations

  • Billie Eilish – “Your Power” – Darkroom / Interscope Records – Directed by: Billie Eilish
  • DJ Khaled ft. Drake – “POPSTAR (Starring Justin Bieber)” – OVO / We The Best / Epic Records – Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X
  • Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” – Columbia Records – Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino
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  • Taylor Swift – “willow” – Republic Records – Directed by: Taylor Swift
  • Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A – “Franchise” – Cactus Jack / Epic Records – Directed by: Travis Scott
  • Tyler, The Creator – “LUMBERJACK” – Columbia Records – Directed by: Wolf Haley
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16.) Best Cinematography nominations

  • Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – “BROWN SKIN GIRL” – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records – Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, MOHAMMAED ATTA AHMED, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant
  • Billie Eilish – “Therefore I Am” – Darkroom / Interscope Records – Cinematography by: Rob Witt
  • Foo Fighters – “Shame Shame” – Roswell Records / RCA Records – Cinematography by: Santiago Gonzalez
  • Justin Bieber ft. Chance The Rapper – “Holy” – RBMG/Def Jam – Cinematography by: Elias Talbot
  • Lady Gaga – “911” – Interscope Records – Cinematography by: Jeff Cronenweth
  • Lorde – “Solar Power” – LAVA/Republic Records – Cinematography by: Andrew Stroud
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17.) Best Art Direction nominations

  • Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – “ALREADY” – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records – Art Direction by: Susan Linns, Gerard Santos
  • Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits” – Atlantic Records – Art Direction by: Alison Dominitz
  • Lady Gaga – “911” – Interscope Records – Art Direction by: Tom Foden, Peter Andrus
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  • Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” – Columbia Records – Art Direction by: John Richoux
  • Saweetie ft. Doja Cat – “Best Friend” – Warner Records – Art Direction by: Art Haynes
  • Taylor Swift – “willow” – Republic Records – Art Direction by: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez

18.) Best Visual Effects nominations

  • Bella Poarch – “Build A Bitch” – Warner Records – Visual Effects by: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina Vetrova
  • Doja Cat & The Weeknd – “You Right” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records – Visual Effects by: La Pac, Anthony Lestremau, Julien Missaire, Petr Shkolniy, Alexi Bailla, Micha Sher, Antoine Hache, Mikros MPC, Nicolas Huget, Guillaume Ho Tsong Fang, Benjamin Lenfant, Stephane Pivron, MPC Bangalore, Chanakya Chander, Raju Ganesh, David Rouxel
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  • Glass Animals – “Tangerine” – Republic Records – Visual Effects by: Ronan Fourreau
  • Coldplay – “Higher Power” – Atlantic Records – Visual Effects by: Mathematic
  • Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” – Columbia Records – Visual Effects by: Mathematic
  • P!NK – “All I Know So Far” – RCA Records – Visual Effects by: Dave Meyers, Freenjoy Inc
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19.) Best Choreography nominations

  • Ariana Grande – “34+35” – Republic Records – Choreography by: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson
  • BTS – “Butter” – BIGHIT MUSIC – Choreography by: SON SUNG DEUK With BHM PERFORMANCE DIRECTING TEAM
  • Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits” – Atlantic Records – Choreography by: Natricia Bernard
  • Foo Fighters – “Shame Shame” – Roswell Records / RCA Records – Choreography by: Nina McNeely
  • Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness” – Columbia Records – Choreography by:Paul Roberts
  • Marshmello & Halsey – “Be Kind” – Astralwerks / Capitol Records – Choreography by: Dani Vitale
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20.) Best editing nominations

  • Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave The Door Open” – Aftermath Entertainment/Atlantic Records – Editing by: Troy Charbonnet
  • BTS – “Butter” – BIGHIT MUSIC – Editing by: Yong Seok Choi from Lumpens
  • Drake – “What's Next” – OVO/Republic Records – Editing by: Noah Kendal
  • Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness” – Columbia Records – Editing by: Claudia Wass
  • Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches” – Def Jam – Editing by: Mark Mayr, Vinnie Hobbs
  • Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa – “Prisoner” – RCA Records
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