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VMA Nominations: The Full List for 2021




There’s barely a delay when it comes to nominations and to mention, The Video Music Awards Nominations for the year 2021 are out.

With some artists ruling the world of music, we aren’t expecting any less. Thus, if you are here to find out everything about the VMA Nominations, stick along.

We have a platter full of arrangements made just for you.

Justin Beiber and Megan Thee Stallion, the pop singers are ruling right now with seven and six nods respectively.

Both are entitled to ‘Artist of the year’. Stallion has mostly gained attention for Cardi B Collab with ”WAP”. Moreover, Cardi B also made 4 nominations and most of them were for WAP.

The Nominees!

Other popular artists like Billie Ellish, Doja Cat, Lil Nas X, BTS, Olivia Rodrigo, and Drake made it to 5 nominations.

In addition to these folks is Taylor Swift and Dua Lupa who made it to 4 nods each. Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Beyonce, and Ariana Grande scored three nominations.

Amidst the covid outbreak and the situation, fans were sent affirmation to be able to join the show. However, as the event hits the near date, more safety protocols will be in place. The rules are gonna be strict and either vaccination or a covid negative report.

Either way, you get to watch the show!

Moving on to the full list of nominees.

Artist of the Year

The nominees are: –

  • Ariana Grande
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Taylor Swift
  • Justin Bieber

Video of the Year

The nominees are: –

  • Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”
  • The Weeknd – “Save Your Tears”
  • Doja Cat featuring SZA – “Kiss Me More”
  • Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”
  • DJ Khaled featuring Drake – “Popstar” (starring Justin Bieber)
  • Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits”

Push Performance of the Year

The nominees are: –

  • September 2020: Wallows – “Are You Bored Yet?”
  • January 2021: JC Stewart – “Break My Heart”
  • October 2020: Ashnikko – “Daisy”
  • February 2021: Latto – “Sex Lies”
  • November 2020: SAINt JHN – “Gorgeous”
  • March 2021: Madison Beer – “Selfish”
  • December 2020: 24kGoldn – “Coco”
  • April 2021: The Kid LAROI – “Without You”
  • August 2021: jxdn – “Think About Me”
  • May 2021: Olivia Rodrigo – “drivers license”
  • July 2021: Fousheé – “my slime”
  • June 2021: girl in red “Serotonin”

Best Hip-Hop

The nominees are: –

  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”
  • Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. – “Franchise”
  • Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “On Me (remix)”
  • Drake ft. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now Cry Later”
  • Polo G – “RAPSTAR”
  • Moneybagg Yo – “Said Sum”

Best Editing

The nominees are: –

  • BTS – “Butter” – Editing by: Yong Seok Choi from Lumpens
  • Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches” – Editing by: Mark
  • Editing by: Troy Charbonnet
  • Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa – “Prisoner”
  • Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches” – Editing by: Mark
  • Mayr, Vinnie Hobbs
  • Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness” – Editing by: Claudia Wass
  • Drake – “What’s Next” – Editing by: Noah Kendal

Song of the Year

The nominees are: –

  • 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior – “Mood”
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “Drivers License”
  • Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave the Door Open”
  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”
  • Dua Lipa – “Levitating”
  • BTS – “Dynamite”

Best Alternative

The nominees are: –

  • Machine Gun Kelly ft. Blackbear – “My Ex’s Best Friend”
  • Bleachers – “Stop Making This Hurt”
  • Willow ft. Travis Barker – “Transparent Soul”
  • Glass Animals – “Heat Waves”
  • Twenty One Pilots – “Shy Away”
  • Imagine Dragons – “Follow You”

Best Direction

The nominees are: –

  • DJ Khaled ft. Drake – “Popstar” (starring Justin Bieber) – Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X
  • Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A – “Franchise” – Directed by: Travis Scott
  • Billie Eilish – “Your Power” – Directed by: Billie Eilish
  • Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” a” Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino
  • Tyler, The Creator – “Lumberjack” – Directed by: Wolf Haley
  • Taylor Swift – “Willow” – Directed by: Taylor Swif

Best Visual Effect

The nominees are: –

  • Doja Cat & The Weeknd – “You Right” – Visual Effects by: La Pac, Anthony Lestremau, Julien Missaire, Petr Shkolniy, Alexi Bailla, Micha Sher, Antoine Hache, Mikros MPC, Nicolas Huget, Guillaume Ho Tsong Fang, Benjamin Lenfant, Stephane Pivron, MPC Bangalore, Chanakya Chander, Raju Ganesh, David Rouxel
  • P!NK – “All I Know So Far” – Visual Effects by: Dave Meyers, Freenjoy Inc
  • Bella Poarch – “Build a Bitch” – Visual Effects by: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina Vetrova
  • Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Visual Effects by: Mathematic
  • Coldplay – “Higher Power” – Visual Effects by: Mathematic
  • Glass Animals – “Tangerine” – Visual Effects by: Ronan Fourreau

Best Choreography

The nominees are: –

  • BTS – “Butter” – Choreography by: Son Sung Deuk with BHM Performance Directing Team
  • Marshmello and Halsey – “Be Kind” – Choreography by: Dani Vitale
  • Ariana Grande – “34+35” – Choreography by: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson
  • Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits” – Choreography by: Natricia Bernard
  • Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness” – Choreography by: Paul Roberts
  • Foo Fighters – “Shame Shame” – Choreography by: Nina McNeely

Best Art Direction

The nominees are: –

  • Lady Gaga – “911” – Art Direction by: Tom Foden, Peter Andrus
  • Taylor Swift – “willow” – Art Direction by: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez
  • Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – “Already” – Art Direction by: Susan Linns, Gerard Santos
  • Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Art Direction by: John Richoux
  • Saweetie ft. Doja Cat – “Best Friend” – Art Direction by: Art Haynes
  • Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits” – Art Direction by: Alison Dominitz

Best K-POP

The nominees are: –

  • TWICE – “Alcohol-Free”
  • (G)I-DLE – “DUMDi DUMDi”
  • Monsta X – “Gambler”
  • BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez – “Ice Cream”
  • SEVENTEEN – “Ready to love”
  • BTS – “Butter”

Best Rock

The nominees are: –

  • Evanescence – “Use My Voice”
  • Kings Of Leon – “The Bandit”
  • Lenny Kravitz – “Raise Vibration”
  • Foo Fighters – “Shame Shame”
  • The Killers – “My Own Soul’s Warning”
  • John Mayer – “Last Train Home”

Best Latin

The nominees are: –

  • Billie Eilish & ROSALÍA – “Lo Vas A Olvidar”
  • Maluma – “Hawái”




  • J.Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy – “Un Dia (One Day)”




  • Black Eyed Peas and Shakira – “Girl Like Me”
  • Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez – “Dákiti”
  • Karol G – “Bichota”

Best New Artist

The nominees are: –

  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • 24kGoldn
  • Saweetie
  • The Kid LAROI
  • Polo G
  • Giveon

Best R&B

The nominees are: –

  • H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown – “Come Through”
  • Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – “Brown Skin Girl”
  • SZA – “Good Days”
  • Giveon – “Heartbreak Anniversary”
  • Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave the Door Open”
  • Chris Brown and Young Thug – “Go Crazy”

There you go!

Arpita Roy
Arpita Roy is an Engineer, Bibliophile, and Writer by heart with 5+ Years of experience in the content writing industry. Over her tenure, she has written 2000+ blogs, even more. She also claims to be a lifelong learner and uses her curiosity to blend and express in her writing. You can get her on Twitter @royarpita09.
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