Gaga and Grande both scored nine nominations each, including video of the year for their number one dance hit. “Rain on Me” is also competing for song of the year, best collaboration, best pop song, best cinematography, best visual effects and best choreography.
Billie Eilish and The Weeknd, the second-most nominated acts with six each, are also up for video of the year with “everything i wanted” and “Blinding Lights.” Others nominated for the top prize include Taylor Swift’s “The Man,” Future and Drake’s “Life Is Good” and Eminem’s “Godzilla,” which features late rapper Juice WRLD.
The VMAs will air live on August 30 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said last month “the event will follow all safety guidance, including limited or no audience.”
This year’s show introduces two new categories reflecting the current pandemic times: best music video from home and best quarantine performance.