- Title: Justin Bieber, Megan Thee Stallion lead VMA nominations
- Date: 11th August 2021
- Summary: MILAN, ITALY (FILE - OCTOBER 25, 2015) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF JUSTIN BIEBER AT MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - JANUARY 23, 2020) (REUTERS) JUSTIN BIEBER TAKING PHOTOS ON PHONE AT UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP CEO, LUCIAN GRAINGE'S BIEBER AND GRAINGE POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES (FILE - AUGUST 26, 2019) (REUTERS) RAPPER MEGAN THEE STALLION POSING FOR PHOTOS ON THE MTV VMA 2019 RED CARPET NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (FILE - SEPTEMBER 12, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MEGAN THEE STALLION POSING AT THE DIAMOND BALL RED CARPET LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE-FEBRUARY 9, 2020) (REUTERS) BILLIE EILISH POSING FOR PHOTOS AT VANITY FAIR PARTY SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SOUTH KOREAN K-POP GROUP BTS WALKING ON RED CARPET FOR 'GOLDEN DISK AWARDS' AND POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS
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- Story Text: Pop star Justin Bieber and rapper Megan Thee Stallion scored the most nominations for this year's MTV Video Music Awards, organizers said on Wednesday (August 11) ahead of next month's ceremony that will welcome back fans as part of a live audience.
Canadian singer Bieber received seven nods, including artist of the year, best pop song for "Peaches," and video of the year for "Popstar," his collaboration with DJ Khaled and Drake.
He will compete for artist of the year with Megan Thee Stallion, who landed six nominations including one for "WAP," the racy video with rapper Cardi B.
Other contenders for the year's best artist are Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, newcomer Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift.
Video of the year nominees include Doja Cat's "Kiss Me More," Ed Sheeran's "Bad Habits," Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" and The Weeknd's "Save Your Tears."
Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X and first-time nominee Rodrigo earned five nominations each.
Last year, the VMAs were filmed without a live audience and with most of the performances recorded in advance because of health guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year's ceremony will take place Sept. 12 at the Barclays Center in New York. Winners are chosen by fans who vote online.
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