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Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift lead nominations for the 2019 VMAs with 10 nods each

Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift lead nominations for the 2019 VMAs with 10 nods each followed by Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X

Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift are the top contenders at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, each scoring 10 nominations.

MTV announced Tuesday that Grande and Swift will compete in eight of the same categories, including video of the year. 

Swift’s gay pride anthem You Need to Calm Down and Grande’s breezy hit about her breakups thank u, next are nominated for the top prize alongside Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ Old Town Road, 21 Savage and J. Cole’s A Lot, and Jonas Brothers’ Sucker.

Pop queens: Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift are the top contenders at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, each scoring 10 nominations

Pop queens: Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift are the top contenders at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, each scoring 10 nominations

Pop queens: Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift are the top contenders at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, each scoring 10 nominations

Eilish, 17, came in second with nine nominations, including artist of the year. Other nominees are Grande, Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Halsey and Jonas Brothers.

Lil Nas X, whose Old Town Road tied the record for most weeks at No. 1 with 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, earned eight nominations.

The 2019 VMAs will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on August 26. 

Post Malone and Khalid were surprisingly snubbed: They both received zero nominations despite dominating on streaming services, radio and the Billboard charts with multiple hit songs in the last year.

Eilish, 17, came in second with nine nominations, including artist of the year. Other nominees are Grande, Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Halsey and Jonas Brothers

Eilish, 17, came in second with nine nominations, including artist of the year. Other nominees are Grande, Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Halsey and Jonas Brothers

Lil Nas X, whose Old Town Road tied the record for most weeks at No. 1 with 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, earned eight nominations

Lil Nas X, whose Old Town Road tied the record for most weeks at No. 1 with 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, earned eight nominations

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s Oscar- and Grammy-winning hit Shallow picked up two nominations: song of the year and best collaboration. Boy band BTS earned four nominations, including a bid in the new best K-pop category.

And late rapper Nipsey Hussle, who posthumously won best male hip-hop artist and the Humanitarian Award at last month’s BET Awards, picked up a nomination for best hip hop for Higher, his song and video with DJ Khaled and John Legend.

Swift will drop her album, Lover, three days before the VMAs on August 23, making it likely that she will attend and possibly perform at the show. 

Scooter Braun, who now owns Swift’s music catalog, will likely be in attendance, too: He manages top nominee Grande as well as Justin Bieber, who earned a nomination for best collaboration with Ed Sheeran for I Don’t Care.

Comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco will host the 2019 VMAs. Fan-voting begins Tuesday at vma.mtv.com.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's Oscar- and Grammy-winning hit Shallow picked up two nominations: song of the year and best collaboration

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s Oscar- and Grammy-winning hit Shallow picked up two nominations: song of the year and best collaboration

 

 

Daily Mail UK

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