MTV Video Music Awards add two pandemic-specific categories

Ariana Grande accepts the award for Best Pop Video onstage during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards

"R&B duo Chloe x Halle, who've promoted their brand new album throughout the pandemic with remarkable live performances mainly put on within their own tennis court and out their new house, are nominated for optimal quarantine functionality for" Can It" out of MTV's virtual prom" Prom-athon".

American singer Ariana Grande is celebrating after being nominated for nine MTV Video Music Award in 2020.

Grande and Lady Gaga received nine nominations each, mostly from their dancey collaboration Rain On Me, which received nods including Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Collaboration.

Di two new awards na to show how coronavirus pandemic take affect di music industry. Billie Eilish and The Weeknd are the second most shortlisted acts with six, while Taylor Swift, Future and Drake, plus Eminem join them in the running for video of the year. "Rain " can be competing for tune of the season, finest cooperation, finest pop, and best cinematography, best visual effects and best choreography.

MTV said last month that some VMA performances would take place at unspecified NY landmarks and that social distancing and limits on capacity would be enforced at the 19,000-seat indoor venue.

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Di best music video from home category, na song wey Grande and Bieber collabo do during lockdown "Stuck With U" and Drake Toosie Slide video wey go viral. "Additional nominees include Gaga's" Smile" in the TV special" One Planet: "Together At House";Legend's".togetherathome" concert; DJ D-Nice's" Club MTV gifts.DanceTogether"; CNCO's" MTV Unplugged In Home"; and Post Malone's tribute to Nirvana.

Apart from the pandemic, protest songs reflecting the Black experience created in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others also earned VMA nominations.

The Video for Good nominees were dominated by artists' responses to the worldwide protests after George Floyd's death in the USA, including I Can't Breathe by H.E.R., The Bigger Picture by Lil Baby, and Lockdown by Anderson Paak. She scored five nominations overall, while Drake, Dua Lipa, J Balvin and Bieber earned four nominations apiece.

Gaga will compete against rappers DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion and Post Malone, and singers Bieber and The Weeknd.

BTS, Harry Styles, Roddy Ricch, Post Malone, Future, Karol G, and Doja Cat - who topped the charts this year with her Dr. Luke-produced smash 'Say So' - also earned three nods each. Starting Thursday through August 23, fans can vote for VMA winners across 15 gender-neutral categories.

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