MTV Video Music Awards 2018: Who will win, and who’s performing at the VMAs tonight?

The 35th Annual MTV Video Music Awards are being presented tonight, August 20, at 9:00pm during a live ceremony at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. So whose names will be called to the podium to collect their coveted Moonmen? Check out our complete predictions below. They’re listed in order of their racetrack odds, with the projected winners highlighted in gold.

We’re predicting every race except for Song of the Summer, whose nominees were revealed on August 13. Our odds are based on the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users. That includes the Editors who cover awards year-round for Gold Derby, the Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s VMAs, and the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ VMA predictions. And based on those forecasts we’re expecting a clean sweep for Childish Gambino‘s “This is America,” as well as multiple wins for Cardi B, Ariana Grande and Beyonce and Jay-Z.

But the VMAs aren’t just about the prizes. They’re also about the performances. Before the telecast even starts viewers can see Backstreet Boys, Bazzi and Bryce Vine take the stage from the red carpet during the pre-show, which starts at 8:00pm. Then at the main event there will be performances by Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Shawn MendesTravis ScottPost MalonePanic! At the DiscoLogic with Ryan Tedder, Maluma and Jennifer Lopez, who will perform a medley of her songs in celebration of her receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for her career achievements.

Who are you rooting for to win top prizes tonight? And whose performances are you looking forward to the most? Check out our predictions below, and make sure to enter or edit your own picks right here before winners are announced.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“This is America,” Childish Gambino — 1/2
“No Tears Left to Cry,” Ariana Grande — 5/1
“Apeshit,” Beyonce and Jay-Z — 13/2
“God’s Plan,” Drake — 7/1
“Finesse,” Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B — 7/1
“Havana,” Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug — 7/1

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Cardi B — 21/20
Drake — 14/5
Ariana Grande — 7/2
Bruno Mars — 7/1
Camila Cabello — 7/1
Post Malone — 15/2

SONG OF THE YEAR
“Havana,” Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug — 13/10
“God’s Plan,” Drake — 3/1
“Perfect,” Ed Sheeran — 4/1
“Finesse,” Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B — 5/1
“New Rules,” Dua Lipa — 13/2
“Rockstar,” Post Malone feat. 21 Savage — 13/2

BEST COLLABORATION
“Apeshit,” Beyonce and Jay-Z — 9/10
“Finesse,” Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B — 10/3
“1-800-273-8255,” Logic feat. Alessia Cara and Khalid — 5/1
“Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line — 11/2
“Dinero,” Jennifer Lopez feat. DJ Khaled and Cardi B — 7/1
“Lemon,” N.E.R.D. feat. Rihanna — 7/1

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
“Apeshit,” Beyonce and Jay-Z — 3/2
“God’s Plan,” Drake — 19/10
“Bartier Cardi,” Cardi B feat. 21 Savage — 4/1
“Chun-Li,” Nicki Minaj — 4/1
“Walk It Talk It,” Migos feat. Drake — 9/2
“ATM,” J. Cole — 5/1

BEST POP VIDEO
“No Tears Left to Cry,” Ariana Grande — 8/11
“Havana,” Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug — 7/2
“Sorry Not Sorry,” Demi Lovato — 6/1
“In My Blood,” Shawn Mendes — 13/2
“Perfect,” Ed Sheeran — 13/2
“What About Us,” Pink — 7/1

BEST LATIN VIDEO
“Dinero,” Jennifer Lopez feat. DJ Khaled and Cardi B — 21/20
“Mi Gente,” J Balvin and Willy William — 27/10
“Echame La Culpa,” Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato — 4/1
“Chantaje,” Shakira feat. Maluma — 9/2
“Dura,” Daddy Yankee — 9/2
“Felices Los 4,” Maluma — 5/1

BEST ROCK VIDEO
“Whatever it Takes,” Imagine Dragons — 1/1
“One More Light,” Linkin Park — 5/2
“Say Amen (Saturday Night),” Panic! At the Disco — 5/1
“Walk on Water,” 30 Seconds to Mars — 13/2
“The Sky is a Neighborhood,” Foo Fighters — 7/1
“Champion,” Fall Out Boy — 15/2

BEST DANCE VIDEO
“One Kiss,” Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa — 21/20
“Lonely Together,” Avicii feat. Rita Ora — 13/5
“Everybody Hates Me,” The Chainsmokers — 4/1
“Silence,” Marshmello feat. Khalid — 9/2
“Get Low,” Zedd and Liam Payne — 9/2
“Flames,” David Guetta and Sia — 5/1

BEST VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE
“This is America,” Childish Gambino — 10/11
“1-800-273-8255,” Logic feat. Alessia Cara and Khalid — 11/4
“God’s Plan,” Drake — 4/1
“Pynk,” Janelle Monae — 9/2
“Liberated,” Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges — 5/1
“Gatekeeper,” Jessie Reyez — 5/1

BEST NEW ARTIST
Cardi B — 8/13
Lil Uzi Vert — 9/2
Hayley Kiyoko — 9/2
Chloe x Halle — 9/2
Bazzi — 9/2
Lil Pump — 9/2

PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Khalid — 5/4
SZA — 9/4
Hayley Kiyoko — 9/2
Why Don’t We — 9/2
Grace VanderWaal — 9/2
Chloe x Halle — 9/2
Noah Cyrus — 5/1
Kyle — 5/1
Jessie Reyez — 5/1
Bishop Briggs — 5/1
PRETTYMUCH — 5/1
Sigrid — 5/1
Tee Grizzley — 5/1

BEST DIRECTION
“This is America,” Childish Gambino — 8/11
“Apeshit,” Beyonce and Jay-Z — 4/1
“Say Something,” Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton — 9/2
“God’s Plan,” Drake — 9/2
“Perfect,” Ed Sheeran — 9/2
“In My Blood,” Shawn Mendes — 5/1

BEST ART DIRECTION
“This is America,” Childish Gambino — 11/8
“Apeshit,” Beyonce and Jay-Z — 21/10
“Look What You Made Me Do,” Taylor Swift — 7/2
“Make Me Feel,” Janelle Monae — 9/2
“The Weekend,” SZA — 9/2
“ATM,” J. Cole — 5/1

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
“This is America,” Childish Gambino — 6/5
“Finesse,” Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B — 11/5
“IDGAF,” Dua Lipa — 9/2
“Apeshit,” Beyonce and Jay-Z — 9/2
“Filthy,” Justin Timberlake — 9/2
“Havana,” Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug — 9/2

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“This is America,” Childish Gambino — 10/11
“Apeshit,” Beyonce and Jay-Z — 3/1
“No Tears Left to Cry,” Ariana Grande — 4/1
“In My Blood,” Shawn Mendes — 9/2
“Growing Pains,” Alessia Cara — 9/2
“River,” Eminem feat. Ed Sheeran — 5/1

BEST EDITING
“This is America,” Childish Gambino — 1/1
“Look What You Made Me Do,” Taylor Swift — 11/4
“Apeshit,” Beyonce and Jay-Z — 4/1
“Finesse,” Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B — 9/2
“Make Me Feel,” Janelle Monae — 5/1
“Lemon,” N.E.R.D. and Rihanna — 5/1

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“No Tears Left to Cry,” Ariana Grande — 1/1
“Look What You Made Me Do,” Taylor Swift — 14/5
“All the Stars,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA — 7/2
“Walk on Water,” 30 Seconds to Mars — 9/2
“Wait,” Maroon 5 — 9/2
“Lonely Together,” Avicii feat. Rita Ora — 5/1

Be sure to make your MTV Video Music Award predictions so that music executives and top name stars can see how they’re faring in our odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until winners are announced on August 20. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 VMAs taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our music forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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