Cardi B, Beyoncé, Jay-Z Take the Lead in 2018 MTV VMA Nominations
Hip-Hop acts racked up the most nominations at this year’s VMAs.
Nominations for the 2018 MTV Music Video Award were announced Monday, and this year’s top act is Cardi B.
The Bronx rapper earned 10 nominations, five of which are from her “Finesse” remix with Bruno Mars, who has a separate solo nomination. The two are facing off in the artist of the year category.
In the video of the year category, Cardi B and Bruno Mars are up against Beyoncé and Jay-Z, now recognized as the duo The Carters, who scored eight nominations for the “APESHIT” video off their surprise joint album, Everything is Love.
Also up for the video of the year nomination is Childish Gambino‘s “This Is America,” which earned a total of seven nominations; Drake‘s—who is also a seven-time nominee— “God’s Plan”; Ariana Grande‘s “No Tears Left to Cry”; and Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug‘s “Havana.” Young Thug and singer Khalid have four nominations each.
Monday through August 10, fans can cast their votes in VMA categories, including video of the year, artist of the year and best collaboration, at vma.mtv.com.
MTV collaborating with Instagram to reveal nominations on IGTV marks the first time an awards show has used the new platform.
This year’s awards will be hosted at Radio City Music Hall in NY, where the inaugural VMAs in 1984 was held. This will be the 12th time the show has been held at this venue – the most for any VMAs location.
The show is slated to air on August 20.