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MTV has unveiled the nominees for their 2022 Video Music Awards. Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X, and Jack Harlow lead the pack with seven nominations each.

Following behind the aforementioned is Doja Cat with six nominations, while Drake and The Weekend grab five noms each. 26 artists are up for their first VMA trophy, including Baby Keem, Tems, and Muni Long.

Starting today (July 26), fans can vote for their favorite artists 22 gender-neutral categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” and “Best Collaboration.” There are also two new categories that are being introduced this year which are “Best Longform Video” and “Best Metaverse Performance.” Voting will conclude on August 19.

The 2022 VMAs are set to broadcast live on Sunday, August 28th, from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Fans can watch the live ceremony on MTV as well as BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TVLand, VH1, and The CW.

The 2022 VMA host, performers, announcers, and nominees for social categories will be announced at a later date.

Take a look at the list of nominees below:

  • VIDEO OF THE YEAR, Presented by Burger King®

    Doja Cat: “Woman” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

    Drake ft. Future, Young Thug: “Way 2 Sexy” – OVO / Republic

    Ed Sheeran: “Shivers” – Atlantic Records

    Harry Styles: “As It Was“ – Columbia Records

    Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow: “Industry Baby” – Columbia Records

    Olivia Rodrigo: “Brutal” – Geffen Records

    Taylor Swift: “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) – Republic Records

  • Artist of the Year

    Bad Bunny – Rimas Entertainment

    Drake – OVO / Republic

    Ed Sheeran – Atlantic Records

    Harry Styles – Columbia Records

    Jack Harlow – Generation Now / Atlantic Records

    Lil Nas X – Columbia Records

    Lizzo – Atlantic Records

  • Song of the Year

    Adele: “Easy on Me” – Columbia Records

    Billie Eilish: “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom / Interscope Records

    Doja Cat: “Woman” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

    Elton John, Dua Lipa: “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” – EMI / Interscope Records

    Lizzo: “About Damn Time” – Atlantic Records

    The Kid Laroi, Justin Bieber: “Stay” – Columbia Records

  • Best New Artist, Presented by EXTRA® Gum

    Baby Keem – Columbia Records

    Dove Cameron – Disruptor Records / Columbia Records

    Gayle – Atlantic Records / Arthouse Records

    Latto – Streamcut / RCA Records

    Måneskin – Arista Records

    Seventeen – Pledis Entertainment / Geffen Records

  • Push Performance of the Year

    Griff: “One Night” – Warner Records

    Remi Wolf: “Sexy Villain” – Island Records

    Nessa Barrett: “I Hope Ur Miserable Until Ur Dead” – Warner Records

    Seventeen: “Rock With You” – Pledis Entertainment / Geffen Records

    Mae Muller: “Better Days” – Capitol Records U.K.

    Gayle: “abcdefu” Atlantic Records / Arthouse Records

    Shenseea: “R U That” – Rich Immigrants / Interscope Records

    Omar Apollo: “Tamagotchi” – Warner Records

    Wet Leg: “Chaise Longue” – Domino Recording Company

    Muni Long: “Baby Boo” – Supergiant Records LLC / Def Jam Recording

    Doechii: “Persuasive” – Top Dog Entertainment / Capitol Records

  • Best Collaboration

    Drake ft. Future, Young Thug: “Way 2 Sexy” – OVO / Republic

    Elton John, Dua Lipa: “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” – EMI / Interscope Records

    Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow: “Industry Baby” – Columbia Records

    Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa: “Sweetest Pie” – 300 Entertainment

    Post Malone, The Weeknd: “One Right Now” – Mercury Records / Republic Records

    Rosalía ft. The Weeknd: “La Fama” – Columbia Records

    The Kid Laroi, Justin Bieber: “Stay” – Columbia Records

  • Best Pop

    Billie Eilish: “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom / Interscope Records

    Doja Cat: “Woman” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

    Ed Sheeran: “Shivers” – Atlantic Records

    Harry Styles: “As It Was” – Columbia Records

    Lizzo: “About Damn Time” – Atlantic Records

    Olivia Rodrigo: “Traitor” – Geffen Records

  • Best Hip-Hop

    Eminem, Snoop Dogg: “From the D 2 the LBC” – Shady / Aftermath / Interscope Records

    Future ft. Drake, Tems: “Wait for U” – Freebandz / Epic Records

    Kendrick Lamar: “N95” – pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope Records

    Latto: “Big Energy” – Streamcut / RCA Records

    Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Baby: “Do We Have a Problem?” – Young Money / Cash Money / Republic Records

    Pusha T: “Diet Coke” – G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam

  • Best R&B

    Alicia Keys: “City of Gods (Part II)” – AKW

    Chlöe: “Have Mercy” – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records

    H.E.R.: “For Anyone” – RCA Records

    Normani ft. Cardi B: “Wild Side” – Keep Cool / RCA Records

    Summer Walker, SZA, Cardi B: “No Love” (Extended Version) – LVRN / Interscope Records

    The Weeknd: “Out Of Time” – XO / Republic Records

  • Video for Good

    Kendrick Lamar: “The Heart Part 5” – pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope Records

    Latto: “P—-” – Streamcut / RCA Records

    Lizzo: “About Damn Time” – Atlantic Records

    Rina Sawayama: “This Hell” – Dirty Hit

    Stromae: ”Fils de Joie” – Mosaert Label / The Darkroom / Interscope Records

  • Best Metaverse Performance

    Blackpink the Virtual | PUBG – YG Entertainment / Interscope Records

    BTS | Minecraft – BIGHIT Music / Geffen Records

    Charli XCX | Roblox – Atlantic Records

    Justin Bieber – An Interactive Virtual Experience | Wave – Def Jam

    Rift Tour ft. Ariana Grande | Fortnite – Republic Records

    Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience | Roblox – Fueled by Ramen / Elektra Music Group

  • Best Longform Video

    Billie Eilish: Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles – Darkroom / Interscope Records

    Foo Fighters: Studio 666 – RCA Records

    Kacey Musgraves: Star-Crossed – Interscope Records / MCA Nashville

    Madonna: Madame X – Interscope Records

    Olivia Rodrigo: Driving Home 2 U – Geffen Records

    Taylor Swift: “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) – Republic Records

  • Best Cinematography

    Baby Keem, Kendrick Lamar: “Family Ties” – Columbia Records

    Camila Cabello ft. Ed Sheeran: “Bam Bam” – Epic Records

    Harry Styles: “As It Was” – Columbia Records

    Kendrick Lamar: “N95” – pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope Records

    Normani ft. Cardi B: “Wild Side” – Keep Cool / RCA Records

    Taylor Swift: “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) – Republic Records

  • Best Direction

    Baby Keem, Kendrick Lamar: “Family Ties” – Columbia Records

    Billie Eilish: “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom / Interscope Records

    Ed Sheeran: “Shivers” – Atlantic Records

    Harry Styles: “As It Was” – Columbia Records

    Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow: “Industry Baby” – Columbia Records

    Taylor Swift: “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) – Republic Records

  • Best Art Direction

    Adele: “Oh My God” – Columbia Records

    Doja Cat: “Get Into It (Yuh)” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

    Drake ft. Future, Young Thug: “Way 2 Sexy” – OVO / Republic Records

    Kacey Musgraves: “Simple Times” – Interscope Records / MCA Nashville

    Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow: “Industry Baby” – Columbia Records

    Megan Thee Stallion ft. Dua Lipa: “Sweetest Pie” – 300 Entertainment

  • Best Visual Effects

    Billie Eilish: “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom / Interscope Records

    Coldplay, BTS: “My Universe” – Atlantic Records

    Kendrick Lamar: “The Heart Part 5” – pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope Records

    Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow: “Industry Baby” – Columbia Records

    Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa: “Sweetest Pie” – 300 Entertainment

    The Kid Laroi, Justin Bieber: “Stay” – Columbia Records

  • Best Choreography

    BTS: “Permission to Dance” – Bighit Music / Geffen Records

    Doja Cat: “Woman” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

    FKA twigs ft. The Weeknd: “Tears In The Club” – Atlantic Records

    Harry Styles: “As It Was” – Columbia Records

    Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow: “Industry Baby” – Columbia Records

    Normani ft. Cardi B: “Wild Side” – Keep Cool / RCA Records

  • Best Editing

    Baby Keem, Kendrick Lamar: “Family Ties” – Columbia Records

    Doja Cat: “Get Into It (Yuh)” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

    Olivia Rodrigo: “Brutal” – Geffen Records

    Rosalía: “Saoko” – Columbia Records

    Taylor Swift: “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) – Republic Records

    The Weeknd: “Take My Breath” – XO / Republic Records