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MTV Video Music Awards nominations: Justin Bieber and Megan Thee Stallion lead the VMA list

Justin Bieber leads this year’s list of nominees at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.

The pop star is followed closely by Megan Thee Stallion, Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X and first-time nominee Olivia Rodrigo.

The Canadian artist has seven nods, including video of the year and best direction for ‘POPSTAR,’ artist of the year, best cinematography for ‘Holy’ and best pop song, best editing and best collaboration for ‘Peaches.’

Way to go: Justin Bieber leads this year’s list of nominees at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. Seen in July in LA

Megan Thee Stallion is right behind with six nominations.

They are  mostly from her hit song ‘WAP,’ triggering nods for video of the year, artist of the year, best collaboration and best hip-hop song. 

She also was nominated for a second time in the best hip-hop song category for her work on Lil Baby’s ‘On Me (The Remix).’

Props to her: Megan Thee Stallion is right behind with six nominations. They are mostly from her hit song 'WAP,' triggering nods for video of the year, artist of the year, best collaboration and best hip-hop song. She also was nominated for a second time in the best hip-hop song category for her work on Lil Baby's 'On Me (The Remix)'

Props to her: Megan Thee Stallion is right behind with six nominations. They are mostly from her hit song ‘WAP,’ triggering nods for video of the year, artist of the year, best collaboration and best hip-hop song. She also was nominated for a second time in the best hip-hop song category for her work on Lil Baby’s ‘On Me (The Remix)’

Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X and Rodrigo each have five nominations. 

Bieber and Megan Thee Stallion will compete with Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift for artist of the year.

The video of the year category is filled by ‘WAP’ by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion; ‘POPSTAR’ by DJ Khaled featuring Drake and Bieber; ‘Kiss Me More’ by Doja Cat featuring SZA; Ed Sheeran’s ‘Bad Habits’; Lil Nas X’s ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’; and The Weeknd’s ‘Save Your Tears.’

So many nominations: Eilish (pictured), BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X and Rodrigo each have five nominations

So many nominations: Eilish (pictured), BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X and Rodrigo each have five nominations

On top: Bieber and Megan Thee Stallion will compete with Ariana Grande (pictured), Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift for artist of the year.

On top: Bieber and Megan Thee Stallion will compete with Ariana Grande (pictured), Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift for artist of the year.

‘WAP’ is also up for song of the year.

So is ‘Mood’ by 24kGoldn featuring iann dior; ‘Leave The Door Open’ by Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic; ‘Dynamite’ by BTS; Dua Lipa’s ‘Levitating’ and Rodrigo’s ‘drivers license.’ 

The best new artist nominees are: 24kGoldn, Giveon, The Kid LAROI, Olivia Rodrigo, Polo G and Saweetie. 

New: The best new artist nominees are: 24kGoldn, Giveon, The Kid LAROI, Olivia Rodrigo (pictured), Polo G and Saweetie

New: The best new artist nominees are: 24kGoldn, Giveon, The Kid LAROI, Olivia Rodrigo (pictured), Polo G and Saweetie

Best rock song nominees are Evanescence’s ‘Use My Voice,’ Foo Fighters’ ‘Shame Shame,’ John Mayer’s ‘Last Train Home,’ The Killers’ ‘My Own Soul´s Warning,’ Kings Of Leon’s ‘The Bandit’ and Lenny Kravitz’s ‘Raise Vibration.’

The 2021 VMAs will return to New York City, airing from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on September 12. 

The show will simulcast across CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land, VH1 and The CW Network.

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