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Taylor Swift Leads VMA Nominations

by Music-News.com on August 9, 2023

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MTV today revealed the highly-anticipated nominations for the 2023 “VMAs,” celebrating artists whose cultural impact and work during the last 12 months have transformed the music industry and cultivated global conversations.

Taylor Swift (8) leads this year’s nominations, looking for a repeat “Video of the Year” victory after breaking records last year to become the only artist to win 3x in the highly covered category. She is closely followed by SZA (6), Doja Cat, Kim Petras, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo and Sam Smith (5 each), and BLACKPINK, Diddy and Shakira (4 each).

This year boasts a record number of first-ever “VMAs” nominees (35 total), with multiple nominations for first-timers Kim Petras (5), Metro Boomin and Rema (3 each), Ayra Starr, GloRilla, Ice Spice, Peso Pluma, Reneé Rapp and Yung Miami (2 each). Other artists receiving first-time nods include Aespa, boygenius, Burna Boy, Davido, Eslabon Armado, FLETCHER, FIFTY FIFTY, JVKE, Lauren Spencer Smith, Musa Keys, PinkPantheress, Saucy Santana, Stephen Sanchez and Toosii, among others.

Beginning today, fans can vote for their favorites across 15 gender-neutral categories, including the all-new “Best Afrobeats” category, plus the highly-coveted “Video of the Year,” presented by Burger King®, and “Artist of the Year” categories, by visiting vote.mtv.com through Friday, September 1st; voting for “Best New Artist” will remain active into the show on Tuesday, September 12th. Nominations for social categories including “Group of the Year” and “Song of Summer” will be announced at a later date.

The 2023 “VMAs” will return to celebrate the biggest names in music on Tuesday, September 12 at 8PM ET/PT with headline-generating surprises, one time only performances and a fan-filled audience LIVE from New Jersey’s famed Prudential Center.

Complete List of the 2023 Nominees:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR, Presented by Burger King®
Doja Cat – “Attention” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers” – Columbia Records
Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl” – Republic Records
Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire” – Geffen Records
Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy” – Capitol Records
SZA – “Kill Bill” – Top Dawg Entertainment / RCA Records
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Republic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records
Doja Cat – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
KAROL G – Interscope Records
Nicki Minaj – Republic Records
Shakira – Sony Music US Latin
Taylor Swift – Republic Records

SONG OF THE YEAR
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers” – Columbia Records
Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire” – Geffen Records
Rema & Selena Gomez – “Calm Down” – Mavin Global Holdings Ltd / Jonzing World Entertainment / SMG Music / Interscope Records
Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy” – Capitol Records
Steve Lacy – “Bad Habit” – L-M Records / RCA Records
SZA – “Kill Bill” – Top Dawg Entertainment / RCA Records Records
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Republic Records

BEST NEW ARTIST
GloRilla – CMG / Interscope Records
Ice Spice – 10K Projects / Capitol Records
Kaliii – Atlantic Records
Peso Pluma – Double P Records
PinkPantheress – 300 Entertainment
Reneé Rapp – Interscope Records

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
August 2022: Saucy Santana – “Booty” – Arena Records / RCA Records
September 2022: Stephen Sanchez – “Until I Found You” – Mercury Records / Republic Records
October 2022: JVKE – “golden hour” – AWAL
November 2022: Flo Milli – “Conceited” – ’94 Sounds / RCA Records
December 2022: Reneé Rapp – “Colorado” – Interscope Records
January 2023: Sam Ryder – “All The Way Over” – Elektra Entertainment
February 2023: Armani White – “GOATED” – Def Jam
March 2023: FLETCHER – “Becky’s So Hot” – Capitol Records
April 2023: TOMORROW X TOGETHER – “Sugar Rush Ride” – BIGHIT MUSIC / Republic Records
May 2023: Ice Spice – “Princess Diana” – Heavy On It / 10K Projects / Capitol Records
June 2023: FLO – “Losing You” – Uptown/Republic Records
July 2023: Lauren Spencer Smith – “That Part” – Island Records

BEST COLLABORATION
David Guetta & Bebe Rexha – “I’m Good (Blue)” – Warner Records
Post Malone, Doja Cat – “I Like You (A Happier Song)” – Mercury Records / Republic Records
Diddy ft. Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, Yung Miami – “Gotta Move On” – Motown Records
KAROL G, Shakira – “TQG” – Universal Music Latino
Metro Boomin with The Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Diddy – “Creepin’ (Remix)” – Boominati / Republic Records
Rema & Selena Gomez – “Calm Down” – Mavin Global Holdings Ltd / Jonzing World Entertainment / SMG Music / Interscope Records

BEST POP
Demi Lovato – “Swine” – Island Records
Dua Lipa – “Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album)” – Atlantic Records
Ed Sheeran – “Eyes Closed” – Atlantic Records
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers” – Columbia Records
Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire” – Geffen Records
P!NK – “TRUSTFALL” – RCA Records
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Republic Records

BEST HIP-HOP
Diddy ft. Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, Yung Miami – “Gotta Move On” – Motown Records
DJ Khaled ft. Drake & Lil Baby – “STAYING ALIVE” – We The Best / Epic Records
GloRilla & Cardi B – “Tomorrow 2” – CMG / Interscope Records
Lil Uzi Vert – “Just Wanna Rock” – Atlantic Records / Generation Now
Lil Wayne ft. Swizz Beatz & DMX – “Kant Nobody” – Young Money Records
Metro Boomin ft Future – “Superhero (Heroes and Villains)” – Boominati / Republic Records
Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl” – Republic Records

BEST R&B
Alicia Keys ft. Lucky Daye – “Stay” – RCA Records
Chlöe ft. Chris Brown – “How Does It Feel” – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia
Metro Boomin with The Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Diddy – “Creepin’ (Remix)” – Boominati / Republic Records
SZA – “Shirt” – Top Dawg Entertainment / RCA Records
Toosii – “Favorite Song” – South Coast Music Group / Capitol Records
Yung Bleu & Nicki Minaj – “Love In The Way” – Empire Distribution

BEST ALTERNATIVE
blink-182 – “EDGING” – Columbia Records
boygenius – “the film” – Interscope Records
Fall Out Boy – “Hold Me Like A Grudge” – Fueled By Ramen
Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste – “Candy Necklace” – Interscope Records
Paramore – “This Is Why” – Atlantic Records
Thirty Seconds To Mars – “Stuck” – Concord Records / Concord

BEST ROCK
Foo Fighters – “The Teacher” – RCA Records
Linkin Park – “Lost (Original Version)” – Warner Records
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Tippa My Tongue” – Warner Records
Måneskin – “THE LONELIEST” – Arista Records
Metallica – “Lux Æterna” – Blackened Recordings
Muse – “You Make Me Feel Like It’s Halloween” – Warner Records

BEST LATIN
Anitta – “Funk Rave” – Republic Records
Bad Bunny – “WHERE SHE GOES” – Rimas Entertainment
Eslabon Armado, Peso Pluma – “Ella Baila Sola” – DEL Records, Inc. / Prajin Parlay, Inc. Grupo Frontera Bad Bunny – “un x100to” – Rimas Entertainment
KAROL G, Shakira – “TQG” – Universal Music Latino
ROSALÍA – “DESPECHÁ” – Columbia Records
Shakira – “Acróstico” – Sony Music US Latin

BEST K-POP
aespa – “Girls” – SM ENTERTAINMENT Co., Ltd.
BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom” – YG Entertainment / Interscope Records
FIFTY FIFTY – “Cupid” – ATTRAKT / Warner Records
SEVENTEEN – “Super” – HYBE / Geffen Records
Stray Kids – “S-Class” – JYP / Republic
TOMORROW X TOGETHER – “Sugar Rush Ride” – BIGHIT MUSIC / Republic Records

BEST AFROBEATS
Ayra Starr – “Rush” – Mavin Global Holdings
Burna Boy – “It’s Plenty” – Atlantic Records / Spaceship Entertainment Ltd
Davido ft. Musa Keys – “UNAVAILABLE” – Sony Music U.K. / RCA Records
Fireboy DML & Asake – ”Bandana” – Empire Distribution
Libianca – “People” – Sony Music U.K. / RCA Records
Rema & Selena Gomez – “Calm Down” – Mavin Global Holdings Ltd / Jonzing World Entertainment / SMG Music / Interscope Records
Wizkid ft Ayra Starr– “2 Sugar” – Starboy / RCA Records

VIDEO FOR GOOD
Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You (Orchestral) – NETFLIX
Bad Bunny – “El Apagón – Aquí Vive Gente” – Rimas Entertainment
Demi Lovato – “Swine” – Island Records
Dove Cameron – “Breakfast” – Columbia Records
Imagine Dragons – “Crushed” – KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records
Maluma – “La Reina” – Sony Music US Latin

BEST DIRECTION
Doja Cat – “Attention” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records – Directed by Tanu Muiño
Drake – “Falling Back” – OVO/Republic Records – Director X (Julien Christian Lutz)
Kendrick Lamar – “Count Me Out” – pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope Records – Directed by Dave Free & Kendrick Lamar
Megan Thee Stallion – “Her” – 300 Entertainment – Directed by Colin Tilley
Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy” – Capitol Records – Directed by Floria Sigismondi
SZA – “Kill Bill” – Top Dawg Entertainment / RCA Records – Directed by Christian Breslauer
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Republic Records – Directed by Taylor Swift

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Adele – “I Drink Wine” – Columbia Records – Cinematography by Adam Newport-Berra
Ed Sheeran – “Eyes Closed” – Atlantic Records – Cinematography by Natasha Baier
Janelle Monae – “Lipstick Lover” – Atlantic Records – Cinematography by Allison Anderson
Kendrick Lamar – “Count Me Out” – pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope Records 0 Cinematography by Adam Newport-Berra
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers” – Columbia Records – Cinematography by Marcell Rev
Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire” – Geffen Records – Cinematography by Russ Fraser
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Republic Records – Cinematography by Rina Yang

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Fall Out Boy – “Love From The Other Side” – Fueled By Ramen – Visual Effects by Thomas Bailey and Josh Shaffner
Harry Styles – “Music For A Sushi Restaurant” – Columbia Records – Visual Effects by Chelsea Delfino and Black Kite Studios
Melanie Martinez – “VOID” – Atlantic Records – Visual Effects by Carbon
Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl” – Republic Records – Visual Effects by Max Colt and Sergio Mashevskyi
Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy” – Capitol Records – Visual Effects by Max Colt / FRENDER
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Republic Records – Visual Effects by Parliament

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom” – YG Entertainment / Interscope Records – Choreography by Kiel Tutin, Sienna Lalau, Lee Jung (YGX), Taryn Cheng (YGX)
Dua Lipa – “Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album)” – Atlantic Records – Choreography by Charm LaDonna
Jonas Brothers – “Waffle House” – Republic Records – Choreography by Jerry Reece
Megan Thee Stallion – “Her” – 300 Entertainment – Choreography by Sean Bankhead
Panic! At The Disco – “Middle Of A Breakup” – Fueled By Ramen – Choreography by Monika Felice Smith
Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy” – Capitol Records – Choreography by (LA)HORDE – Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, Arthur Harel

BEST ART DIRECTION
boygenius – “the film” – Interscope Records – Art Direction by Jen Dunlap
BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom” – YG Entertainment / Interscope Records – Art Direction by Seo Hyun Seung (GIGANT)
Doja Cat – “Attention” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records – Art Direction by Spencer Graves
Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste – “Candy Necklace” – Interscope Records – Art Direction by Brandon Mendez
Megan Thee Stallion – “Her” – 300 Entertainment – Art Direction by Niko Philipides
SZA – “Shirt” – Top Dawg Entertainment / RCA Records – Art Direction by Kate Bunch

BEST EDITING
BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom” – YG Entertainment / Interscope Records – Editing by Seo Hyun Seung (GIGANT)
Kendrick Lamar – “Rich Spirit” – pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope Records – Edited by Grason Caldwell
Miley Cyrus – “River” – Columbia Records – Edited by Brandan Walter
Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire” – Geffen Records – Edited by Sofia Kerpan and David Checel
SZA – “Kill Bill” – Top Dawg Entertainment / RCA Records – Edited by Luis Caraza Peimbert
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Republic Records – Edited by Chancler Haynes

LIST OF NOMINATIONS BY ARTIST
Taylor Swift – 8 Nominations
Video of the Year – “Anti-Hero”
Artist of the Year
Song of the Year – “Anti-Hero”
Best Pop – “Anti-Hero”
Best Direction – “Anti-Hero”
Best Cinematography – “Anti-Hero”
Best Visual Effects – “Anti-Hero”
Best Editing – “Anti-Hero”

SZA – 6 Nominations
Video of the Year – “Kill Bill”
Song of the Year – “Kill Bill”
Best R&B – “Shirt”
Best Direction – “Kill Bill”
Best Art Direction – “Kill Bill”
Best Editing – “Kill Bill”

Doja Cat – 5 Nominations
Video of the Year – “Attention”
Artist of the Year
Best Collaboration – “I Like You (A Happier Song)”
Best Direction – “Attention”
Best Art Direction – “Attention”

Kim Petras– 5 Nominations
Video of the Year – “Unholy”
Song of the Year – “Unholy”
Best Direction – “Unholy”
Best Visual Effects – “Unholy”
Best Choreography – “Unholy”

Miley Cyrus – 5 Nominations
Video of the Year – “Flowers”
Song of the Year – “Flowers”
Best Pop – “Flowers”
Best Cinematography – “Flowers”
Best Editing – “River”

Nicki Minaj – 5 Nominations
Video of the Year – “Super Freaky Girl”
Artist of the Year
Best Hip Hop – “Super Freaky Girl”
Best R&B – “Love In The Way”
Best Visual Effects – “Super Freaky Girl”

Olivia Rodrigo – 5 Nominations
Video of the Year – “vampire”
Song of the Year – “vampire”
Best Pop – “vampire”
Best Cinematography – “vampire”
Best Editing – “vampire”

Sam Smith – 5 Nominations
Video of the Year – “Unholy”
Song of the Year – “Unholy”
Best Direction – “Unholy”
Best Visual Effects – “Unholy”
Best Choreography – “Unholy”

BLACKPINK – 4 Nominations
Best K-Pop – “Pink Venom”
Best Choreography – “Pink Venom”
Best Art Direction – “Pink Venom”
Best Editing – “Pink Venom”

Diddy – 4 Nominations
Best Collaboration – “Creepin’ (Remix)”
Best Collaboration – “Gotta Move On”
Best Rap – “Gotta Move On”
Best R&B – “Creepin’ (Remix)”

Shakira – 4 Nominations
Artist of the Year
Best Collaboration – “TQG”
Best Latin – “TQG”
Best Latin – “Acróstico”
Bad Bunny – 3 Nominations
Best Latin – “un x100to”
Best Latin – “WHERE SHE GOES”
Video for Good – “El Apagón – Aquí Vive Gente”

Metro Boomin – 3 Nominations
Best Collaboration – “Creepin’ (Remix)”
Best Hip-Hop – “Superhero (Heroes and Villains)”
Best R&B – “Creepin’ (Remix)”

KAROL G – 3 Nominations
Artist of the Year
Best Latin – “TQG”
Best Collaboration – “TQG”

Kendrick Lamar – 3 Nominations
Best Direction – “Count Me Out”
Best Cinematography – “Count Me Out”
Best Editing – “Rich Spirit”

Rema – 3 Nominations
Best Song – “Calm Down”
Best Collaboration – “Calm Down”
Best Afrobeat – “Calm Down”

Selena Gomez – 3 Nominations
Best Song – “Calm Down”
Best Collaboration – “Calm Down”
Best Afrobeat – “Calm Down”

21 Savage – 2 Nominations
Best Collaboration – “Creepin’ (Remix)”
Best R&B – “Creepin’ (Remix)”

Alicia Keys – 2 Nominations
Best R&B – “Stay”
Video For Good – “If I Ain’t Got You”

Ashanti – 2 Nominations
Best Collaboration – “Gotta Move On”
Best Hip-Hop – “Gotta Move On”

Ayra Starr – 2 Nominations
Best Afrobeat – “Rush”
Best Afrobeat – “2 Sugar”

Bryson Tiller – 2 Nominations
Best Collaboration – “Gotta Move On”
Best Hip-Hop – “Gotta Move On”

Demi Lovato – 2 Nominations
Best Pop – “SWINE”
Video for Good – “SWINE”

Drake – 2 Nominations
Best Hip-Hop – “STAYING ALIVE”
Best Direction –“Falling Back”

Dua Lipa – 2 Nominations
Best Pop – “Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album)”
Best Choreography – “Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album)”

Ed Sheeran – 2 Nominations
Best Pop – “Eyes Closed”
Best Cinematography – “Eyes Closed”

Fall Out Boy – 2 Nominations
Best Alternative – “Hold Me Like A Grudge”
Best Visual Effects – “Love From The Other Side”

GloRilla – 2 Nominations
Best New Artist
Best Hip-Hop – “Tomorrow 2”

Harry Styles – 2 Nominations
Best Visual Effects – “Music For A Sushi Restaurant”
Best Editing – “Late Night Talking”

Ice Spice – 2 Nominations
Best New Artist
Push Performance of the Year – “Princess Diana”

Lana Del Rey – 2 Nominations
Best Alternative – “Candy Necklace”
Best Art Direction – “Candy Necklace”

Peso Pluma – 2 Nominations
Best New Artist
Best Latin – “Ella Baila Sola”

Reneé Rapp – 2 Nominations
Best New Artist
PUSH Performance of The Year – “Colorado”

TOMORROW X TOGETHER – 2 Nominations
Push Performance of the Year – “Sugar Rush Ride”
Best K-Pop – “Sugar Rush Ride”

The Weeknd – 2 Nominations
Best Collaboration – “Creepin’ (Remix)”
Best R&B – “Creepin’ (Remix)”

Yung Miami – 2 Nominations
Best Collaboration – “Gotta Move On”
Best Hip-Hop – “Gotta Move On”

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