Famous pop star Justin Bieber and rapper Megan Thee Stallion have gained the most nominations for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, organizers claimed on Wednesday before next month’s ceremony that will greet back fans as part of a live audience.
Canadian singer Bieber earned seven nominations, comprising artist of the year, best pop song for “Peaches,” and video of the year for “Popstar,” his teamwork with DJ Khaled and Drake.
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According to the report, Justin for artist of the year will compete with Megan Thee Stallion, who bagged six nominations to his name including one for “WAP,” the racy video with rapper Cardi B.
Other contestants for the year’s best artist are Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, newcomer Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift.
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Video of the year nominees comprises Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More,” Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits,” Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears.”
Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Given, Lil Nas X and first-time nominee Rodrigo bagged five nominations each for their respective successes.
Last year, the VMAs was shot without a live audience attending the event and had almost all of the performances recorded in advance because of health guidelines restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This year’s exhibition will take place on September 12 at the Barclays Center in New York. Winners are chosen by fans who vote online.