Lil Nas X is the biggest nominee among those performers. He has eight bids this year, including Video of the Year and Song of the Year for his record-shattering breakthrough hit “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. As of this writing that viral streaming sensation has spent 19 weeks atop Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart, more than any other song in history.
Mendes has five nominations this year including Artist of the Year and four bids for “Senorita,” his duet with Cabello: Best Collaboration, Best Art Direction, Best Choreography and Best Cinematography. Cabello is already a big winner at the VMAs: last year she took home the Moonman for Video of the Year for her chart-topping solo breakthrough “Havana,” and before that she won VMAs as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony.
Lizzo has two nominations this year: Best New Artist and Push Artist of the Year. Her major label debut album “Cuz I Love You” was released in April and has been a fixture in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart ever since. Her latest single, “Truth Hurts,” is currently in the top five on the Hot 100, which makes it her highest-charting hit yet.
Latin artists Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Rosalia are also VMA nominees. Bad Bunny is up for Best Latin Video (“Mia”). Rosalia has noms for Best New Artist as well as Best Latin Video and Best Choreography for “Con Altura.” And J Balvin is nominated four times, twice for Best Latin Video (“I Can’t Get Enough” and “Con Altura”), plus Best Dance Video (“Say My Name”) and Best Choreography.
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