Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers, Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande Among 2019 MTV VMA Nominees

Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers, Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande Among 2019 MTV VMA Nominees

MTV today unveiled the nominations for the 2019 "VMAs," which includes dozens of artists whose reach and influence have elevated the music industry and global cultural conversation. Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift lead the nominations with 10 nods each in categories including, "Video of the Year," "Song of the Year" and "Best Pop." Other top contenders include first-time VMA nominees Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X who both entered the category of "Best New Artist," presented by Taco Bell®. This year's show will introduce two new categories, "Best K-Pop" and "Video for Good."

In a first for a major awards show, MTV revealed nominations today via the "VMA chatbot," giving fans a sneak peek at the nominees by sending a DM (direct message) to @VMAs on Facebook Messenger and Twitter.

"It's been an incredible year in music and this group of nominees perfectly reflect the rich pop music landscape," said Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent, Viacom and Co-Brand Head, MTV International. "We can't wait to see the outcome, once the fans weigh in. It's going to be an awesome, unforgettable evening!"

Beginning today, fans can vote for their favorites across 14 gender-neutral VMA categories, including "Video of the Year," "Artist of the Year," "Best Collaboration" and more by visiting vma.mtv.com until Thursday, August 15. Voting for the "Best New Artist" award, presented by Taco Bell®, will remain active until the VMA broadcast. Fans on Twitter and Facebook Messenger can also slide into VMAs' DMs to cast an additional vote for "Video of the Year," "Song of the Year," and more. Also launching this week, fans will be able to ask Alexa to "vote for the VMAs" for "Artist of the Year" within the MTV skill on Alexa-enabled devices.

This year, for the first time ever, MTV is rewarding fans for voting through VMA Power Hour on vma.mtv.com, where their votes are doubled from 1-2pm ET daily. Superfans can come back each day within this voting window beginning tomorrow to show double the love for their favorite artists.

The "VMAs," which will be hosted by comedian, actor and best-selling author Sebastian Maniscalco, will air live from Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Monday, August 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, and across MTV's global network of channels in more than 180 countries, reaching more than half a billion households around the world.

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

Official sponsors of the 2019 "MTV Video Music Awards" include EXTRA™ Refreshers, PEPSI®, Taco Bell®, and the 2020 Toyota Corolla.

Follow @MTV and @VMAs on social to keep up with all-things #VMAs.

Bruce Gillmer and Den of Thieves co-founder Jesse Ignjatovic are Executive Producers for the 2019 "VMAs." Barb Bialkowski is Co-Executive Producer. Jackie Barba, Joe Buoye and Alicia Portugal serve as Executive in Charge of Production. Amani Duncan is Executive in Charge of Music. Wendy Plaut is Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent.

MTV is the leading global youth media brand in 180 countries, reaching 450 million households in nearly 30 different languages across every platform. A unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), MTV operations span cable and mobile networks, live events, theatrical films and MTV Studios.

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