Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga lead the nominations for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards announced by MTV on Thursday (July 30), earning nine nominations each.
Grande and Gaga are both nominated for Video of the Year for their collaboration with “Rain On Me.”
Billie Eilish and The Weeknd have earned six nominations each, including Video of the Year nods for “everything i wanted” and “Blinding Lights,” respectively.
Taylor Swift comes next, with five nominations to her name, including for “The Man.”
There will be two new categories this year, namely “Best Music Video From Home” and “Best Quarantine Performance,” taking into consideration the current scenario where recordings and performances are mostly done indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic. The “Best Alternative” category makes its entry after a over 20-year absence.
Fans can vote across 15 categories, including video of the year, artist of the year, best quarantine performance and more until August 23. Voting for the PUSH best new artist category will remain active into the show on August 30.
For the first time since 2013, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center will be the venue for the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony. The event, to be held on August 30, with “limited or no audience” due to the pandemic, will air live beginning at 8 pm ET.
The event will also feature performances from Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island to honor the resilience of New York.