Cardi B leads the MTV VMA nominations this year. The breakout rapper has her hands in 10 categories including Artist of The Year, Best New Artist and Video Of The Year for the “Finesse (Remix).” She was also recognized for “Bartier Cardi” (Best Hip Hop) and her feature on Jennifer Lopez’s “Dinero” (Best Collaboration).
The Carters aka Beyoncé and JAY-Z, are hot on Cardi B’s song “Bodak Yellow” with eight nominations for “APESHIT.” They are followed by our favourite, Childish Gambino who received seven nominations for “This Is America.” Alongside Drake for “God’s plan” for categories such as Video Of The Year, Artist Of The Year, Best Direction, Video With A Message, as well as Best Hip Hop Video. (Totaling 720 million views on youtube since he dropped it February earlier this year.) These nominations don’t include “Scorpion” his recently released album in which he’s currently dominating the charts with holding number 1 streams in The Billboards Top 200 for the second week running and a total of 1 billion streams in a week, breaking records. The first time an album has done this in one week.
I think we can all agree peoples favourite is Cardi B, with her bubbly and outgoing personality combined with her raw talent to touch every record and turn it into gold, we’re rooting for her. Her ability to get the crowd jumping and rooting for her just by the mention of her name is a personality of a superstar. She’s also taken a liking by Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen Show, The Breakfast Club, Hot 97 and GQ Magazine. Invasion of Privacy the Bronx rapper’s first album on a major label, proves she’s no one-hit wonder. Her careers momentum was maintained by her hip-hop trio Migos’s “Motorsport”, a track that answered all expectations and have maintained top 5 in Billboard’s Hot 100 since December 2017 including herself and Nicki Minaj. “BRRRRRRRRPPPPPP!!!”
Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello both had five nominations and coincidentally, last year’s Best Director winner Dave Meyers directed both the “No Tears Left To Cry” and “Havana”. Other artists to receive nominations include Bruno Mars, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Jennifer Lopez, N.E.R.D., Logic and Lil Uzi Vert. The VMAs will take place on August 20 at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall. See the list of nominations below.
Interestingly this year, the VMAs are switching things up with gender neutral categories. This basically means they’ll have one category called “Artist Of The Year” combining all the talents from all genders purely off raw talent that year.
The event will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 2.