When a journalist writes an article, they try to answer the questions who, what, when, where, why, and how.  With the release of the 2020 MTV Video Music Award nominees, the question of where, when, and who have been answered.

The 2020 edition of the Video Music Awards will be held August 30 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the way with nine nominations each; Billie Eilish and The Weeknd also garnered multiple nominations with six each.

Acknowledging the oddity of events in 2020 and the inability of artists to perform live and create music videos in a normal manner, the VMA’s have added two new categories this year for live quarantine performance and video at home.

The nominees for the 2020 MTV VMA’s are:
Video of the Year:
Billie Eilish for “Everything I Wanted”
Eminem for “Godzilla” with Juice WRLD
Future for “Life is Good” with Drake
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande for “Rain on Me”
Taylor Swift for “The Man”
The Weeknd for “Blinding Lights”

Artist of the Year:
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Megan Thee Stallion
Post Malone
The Weeknd

Song of the Year:
“Everything I Wanted “ by Billie Eilish
“Say So” by Doja Cat
“Rain on Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande
“Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion
“Circles” by Post Malone
“The Box” by Roddy Ricch

Best Collaboration:
Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber with “Stuck with U”
Black Eyed Peas with J Balvin with “RITMO (Bad Boys for Life”
Ed Sheeran with Khalid for “Beautiful People”
Future with Drake for “Life is Good”
Karol G with Nicki Minaj with “Tusa”
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande with “Rain on Me”

PUSH Best New Artist:
Doja Cat
Jack Harlow
Lewis Capaldi
Roddy Ricch
Tate McRae

Best Pop Video:
“On” by BTS
“You Should Be Sad” by Halsey
“What a Man Gotta Do” by the Jonas Brothers
“Rain on Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande
“Lover” by Taylor Swift

Best Hip-Hop Video:
“Bop” by DaBaby
“Godzilla” by Eminem with Juice WRLD
“Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion
“The Box” by Roddy Ricch
“Highest in the Room” by Travis Scott

Best Rock Video:
“Happy Days” by Blink-182
“Orphans” by Coldplay
“Wasted on You” by Evanescence
“Dear Future Self (Hands Up)” by Fall Out Boy with Wyclef Jean
“Oh Yeah!” by Green Day
“Caution” by The Killers

Best Alternative Video:
“If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)” by The 1975
“Some Kind Of Disaster” by All Time Low
“Let’s Fall in Love for the Night” by Finneas
“Doin’ Time” by Lana Del Rey
“Bloody Valentine” by Machine Gun Kelly
“Level of Concern” by Twenty One Pilots

Best Latin Video:
“China” by Anuel AA with Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G, and J Balvin
“Yo Perreo Sola” by Bad Bunny
“Mamacita” by the Black Eyed Peas with Ozuna and J. Rey Soul
“Amarillo” by J Balvin
“Tusa” by Karol G with Nicki Minaj
“Que Pena” by Maluma with J. Balvin

Best R&B Video:
“Underdog” by Alicia Keys
“Do It” by Chloe x Halle
“Slide” by H.E.R. with YG
“Eleven” by Khalid with Summer Walker
“’Cuz I Love You” by Lizzo
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

Best K-Pop Video:
“Oh My God” by (G)I-DLE
“On” by BTS
“Obsession” by EXO
“Someone’s Someone” by Monsta X
“9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)” by Tomorrow X Together
“Psycho” by Red Velvet

Video For Good:
“Lockdown” by Anderson .Paak
“All the Good Girls Go to Hell” by Billie Eilish
“I Love Me” by Demi Lovato
“I Can’t Breathe” by H.E.R.
“The Bigger Picture” by Lil Baby
“The Man” by Taylor Swift

Best Music Video form Home:
“Wildflower” by 5 Seconds of Summer
“Stuck with U” by Ariana Grande with Justin Bieber
“Happy Days” by Blink-182
“Toosie Slide” by Drake
“Bigger Love” by John Legend
“Level of Concern” by Twenty One Pilots

Best Quarantine Performance:
“Do It” by Chloe x Halle from the MTV Prom-athon
Unplugged at Home by CNCO
Club MTV presents #DanceTogether by DJ D-Nice
#togetherathome Concert Series by John Legend
“Smile” from One World: Together At Home by Lady Gaga
Nirvana Tribute by Post Malone

Best Video Direction:
“Xanny” directed by Billie Eilish
“Say So” by directed by Hannah Lux Davis
“Don’t Start Now” directed by Nabil
“Adore You” by directed by Dave Meyers
“The Man” directed by Taylor Swift
“Blinding Lights” directed by Anton Tammi

Best Cinematography:
“Old Me” cinematography by Kieran Fowler
“My Oh My” cinematography by Dave Meyers
“All the Good Girls Go to Hell” cinematography by Christopher Probst
“Harleys in Hawaii” cinematography Arnau Valls
“Rain on Me” cinematography by Thomas Kloss
“Blinding Lights” cinematography by Oliver Millar

Best Art Direction:
“Babushka Boi” art direction by A$AP Rocky and Madia Lee Cohen
“Physical” art direction by Anna Colome Nogu
“Adore You” art direction by Laura Ellis Cricks
“Mother’s Daughter” art direction by Christian Stone
“Boyfriend” art direction by Tatiana Van Sauter
“Lover” art direction by Ethan Tobman

Best Visual Effects:
“All the Good Girls Go to Hell” visual effects by Drive Studios
“I Love Me” visual effects by Hoddy FX
“Physical” visual effects by EIGHTY4
“Adore You” visual effects by Mathematic
“Rain on Me” visual effects by Ingenuity Studios
“Highest in the Room” visual effects by ARTJAIL, SCISSOR FILMS & FRENDER

Best Choreography:
“On” choreographed by Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun, and Lee Byung Eun
“Honey Boo” choreographed by Kyle Hanagami
“Bop” choreographed by Dani Leigh and Cherry
“Physical” choreographed by Charm La’Donna
“Rain on Me” choreographed by Richy Jackson
“Motivation” choreographed by Sean Bankhead

Best Editing:
“Graveyard” edited by Emilie Aubry, Janne Vartia, and Timn Montana
“Can’t Believe the Way We Flow” edited by Frank Lebon
“Good as Hell” edited by Russell Santos and Sofia Kerpan
“Mother’s Daughter” edited by Alexandre Moors and Nuno Xico
“A Pale” edited by Andre Jones
“Blinding Lights” edited by Janne Vartia and Tim Montana


feature photo credit: By Jimy Yi – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27085544