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Kendrick Lamar & Lil Nas X Lead MTV Video Music Awards 2022 Nominations

Nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards 2022 have been announced, including Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X, Baby Keem, Lizzo, Latto and more.

We’re just one month away from the MTV Video Music Awards 2022 and the full slate of nominees are here. On Tuesday (July 26), the nominations were revealed, with Kendrick Lamar and Lil Nas X leading the pack with seven nods each, followed by Doja Cat with six nominations with Drake and The Weeknd each boasting five.

Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow received multiple nominations for their 2021 hit “Industry Baby,” including the categories Video of the Year, Best Direction and Best Choreography, with each artist also receiving a nomination for Artist of the Year. Lamar, who was nominated for the first time since 2018, has received nods for Best Hip-Hop (“N95”), Best Cinematography (“N95”),  Best Visual Effects (“The Heart Part 5”) and more.

The awards ceremony will also have a full cast of first-time nominees, including Baby Keem, Tems, Muni Long and JID. Fans can vote for their favorite artists on vote.mtv.com until Friday, August 19, while voting for the Best New Artist category will remain active until Sunday, August 28, the day of the telecast.

The MTV Video Music Awards 2022 will air live from New Jersey’s Prudential Center at 8 PM EST on August 28. Read the full list of nominations below.

Video of the Year

Doja Cat – “Woman”
Drake Featuring Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”
Ed Sheeran – “Shivers”
Harry Styles – “As It Was”
Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”
Olivia Rodrigo – “Brutal”
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)

Artist of the Year

Bad Bunny
Drake
Ed Sheeran
Harry Styles
Jack Harlow
Lil Nas X
Lizzo

Song of the Year

Adele – “Easy on Me”
Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”
Doja Cat – “Woman”
Elton John & Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart” (Pnau Remix)
Lizzo – “About Damn Time”
The Kid La & Jroiustin Bieber – “Stay”

Best New Artist

Baby Keem
Dove Cameron
Gayle
Latto
Måneskin
Seventeen

Push Performance of the Year

September 2021: Griff – “One Night”
October 2021: Remi Wolf – “Sexy Villain”
November 2021: Nessa Barrett – “I Hope Ur Miserable Until Ur Dead”
December 2021: Seventeen – “Rock With You”
January 2021: Mae Muller – “Better Days”
February 2022: Gayle – “ABCDEFU”
March 2022: Sheneesa – “R U That”
April 2022: Omar Apollo – “Tamagotchi”
May 2022: Wet Leg – “Chaise Longue”
June 2022: Muni Long – “Baby Boo”
July 2022: Doechii – “Persuasive”

Best Collaboration

Drake Featuring Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”
Elton John & Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart” (Pnau Remix)
Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”
Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie”
Post Malone & The Weeknd – “One Right Now”
Rosalía Featuring The Weeknd – “La Fama”
The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber – “Stay”

Best Pop

Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”
Doja Cat – “Woman”
Ed Sheeran – “Shivers”
Harry Styles – “As It Was”
Lizzo – “About Damn Time”
Olivia Rodrigo – “Traitor”

Best Hip-Hop

Eminem & Snoop Dogg – “From the D 2 the LBC”
Future Featuring Drake & Tems – “Wait for U”
Kendrick Lamar – “N95”
Latto – “Big Energy”
Nicki Minaj Featuring Lil Baby – “Do We Have a Problem?”
Pusha T – “Diet Coke”

Best Rock

Foo Fighters – “Love Dies Young”
Jack White – “Taking Me Back”
Muse – “Won’t Stand Down”
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Black Summer”
Shinedown – “Planet Zero”
Three Days Grace – “So Called Life”

Best Alternative

Avril Lavigne Featuring Blackbear – “Love It When You Hate Me”
Imagine Dragons & J.I.D – “Enemy”
Machine Gun Kelly Featuring Willow – “Emo Girl”
Måneskin – “I Wanna Be Your Slave”
Panic! at the Disco – “Viva las Vengeance”
Twenty One Pilots – “Saturday”
Willow & Avril Lavigne Featuring Travis Barker – “Grow”

Best Latin

Anitta – “Envolver”
Bad Bunny – “Tití Me Preguntó”
Becky G & Karol G – “Mamiii”
Daddy Yankee – “REMIX”
Farruko – “Pepas”
J Balvin & Skrillex – “In da Getto”

Best R&B

Alicia Keys – “City of Gods (Part II)”
Chlöe – “Have Mercy”
H.E.R. – “For Anyone”
Normani Featuring Cardi B – “Wild Side”
Summer Walker, SZA & Cardi B – “No Love” (Extended Version)
The Weeknd – “Out Of Time”

Best K-Pop

BTS – “Yet to Come” (The Most Beautiful Moment)
Itzy – “Loco”
Lisa – “Lalisa”
Seventeen – “Hot”
Stray Kids – “Maniac”
Twice – “The Feels”

Video for Good

Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5”
Latto – “Pussy”
Lizzo – “About Damn Time
Rina Sawayama – “This Hell”
Stromae – “Fils de joie”

Best Metaverse Performance

Blackpink the Virtual – PUBG
BTS – Minecraft
Charli XCX – Roblox
Justin Bieber – An Interactive Virtual Experience – Wave
Rift Tour Featuring Ariana Grande – Fortnite
Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience – Roblox

Best Longform Video

Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles”
Foo Fighters – “Studio 666”
Kacey Musgraves – “Star-Crossed”
Madonna – “Madame X”
Olivia Rodrigo – “Driving Home 2 U”
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)

Best Cinematography

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties”
Camila Cabello ft. Ed Sheeran – “Bam Bam”
Harry Styles – “As It Was”
Kendrick Lamar – “N95”
Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side”
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)

Best Direction

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “Family Ties”
Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”
Ed Sheeran – “Shivers”
Harry Styles – “As It Was”
Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)

Best Art Direction

Adele – “Oh My God”
Doja Cat – “Get Into It (Yuh)”
Drake Featuring Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”
Kacey Musgraves – “Simple Times”
Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow  – “Industry Baby”
Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie”

Best Visual Effects

Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”
Coldplay & BTS – “My Universe”
Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5”
Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”
Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie”
The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber – “Stay”

Best Choreography

BTS – “Permission to Dance”
Doja Cat – “Woman”
FKA twigs Featuring The Weeknd – “Tears in the Club”
Harry Styles – “As It Was”
Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”
Normani Featuring Cardi B – “Wild Side”

Best Editing

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “Family Ties”
Doja Cat – “Get Into It (Yuh)”
Olivia Rodrigo – “Brutal”
Rosalía – “Saoko”
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)
The Weeknd – “Take My Breath”

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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