The MTV Video Music Awards are nonetheless a month away—they are going to be offered on Aug. 30—however simply by being nominated right now (July 30), a number of artists made VMA historical past. Check it out:
Billie Eilish is the first artist in VMA historical past to log two video of the 12 months nods whereas nonetheless in their teenagers. Eilish, 18, is nominated this 12 months for “everything I wanted.” She was nominated final 12 months for her breakthrough hit, “Bad Guy.”
Eminem is the first artist to amass eight profession nominations for video of the 12 months. He is nominated this 12 months for “Godzilla,” that includes Juice WRLD. Eminem’s rely contains one nod he acquired as a member of D12. Eminem has gained twice in the class.
For his half, Juice WRLD is the first artist to be nominated for video of the 12 months posthumously since The Notorious B.I.G. was nominated in 1998 for his featured function on Puff Daddy’s “It’s All About the Benjamins” (which additionally featured The LOX, Lil’ Kim and Fuzzbubble). Kurt Cobain was additionally nominated posthumously for his a part of Nirvana’s 1994 hit “Heart-Shaped Box.”
Taylor Swift is nominated for video of the 12 months for “The Man” a 12 months after successful in the class for “You Need to Calm Down.” She’s the first artist to be again in the finals in the prime class the 12 months after successful since her one-time nemesis, now pal, Katy Perry was nominated for “Wide Awake” in 2012, a 12 months after successful for “Firework.” In all of VMAs historical past, solely three different artists have made the finals the 12 months after successful—Eminem (who did it twice), Britney Spears and Beyoncé.
Swift, who gained in the socially-minded video for good class final 12 months for the LGBTQ-friendly “You Need to Calm Down” is again to defend with the feminist-themed “The Man.” She has an opportunity to change into the third two-time winner in the class, following John Legend and Big Sean.
Drake ties Rihanna and U2 for the most profession video of the 12 months nods by an artist who wasn’t born in the U.S. Each has had 4 nods. Drake is nominated this 12 months as a featured artist on Future’s “Life Is Good,” following nods for “Take Care” (featuring Rihanna), “Hotline Bling” and “God’s Plan.”
The Lady Gaga/Ariana Grande collab “Rain on Me” is simply the fifth all-female collab in VMAs historical past to obtain a video of the 12 months nod. Notably, Gaga was on board for 2 of them. She teamed with Beyoncé on “Telephone” (2010). The different all-female collabs to obtain video of the 12 months nods are Brandy & Monica’s “The Girl Is Mine” (1998), Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mýa and P!nk’s “Lady Marmalade” (that includes Missy Elliott, 2001), and Iggy Azalea that includes Charli XCX’s “Fancy” (2014).
This is Grande’s third video of the 12 months nod in a row, following “No Tears Left to Cry” (2018) and “Thank U, Next” (2019). Grande is the first artist to be nominated three years working since Beyoncé (2014-16).
Gaga is the solely artist nominated for the three highest-profile awards–video of the 12 months, artist of the 12 months and track of the 12 months. In the three years that the VMAs have offered all three awards, that is the first time that only one artist achieved the clear sweep. Camila Cabello, Drake and Bruno Mars have been nominated in all three classes in 2018. Grande and Jonas Brothers have been nominated in all classes three final 12 months.
J. Balvin, who has gained finest Latin video the final two years working, has an opportunity to increase his successful streak to a few straight years. He is nominated for “Amarillo.” He gained the final two years with “Mi Gente,” a collab with Willy William (2018), and “Con altura,” a collab with Rosalía (that includes El Guincho, 2019).
Jonas Brothers, who gained finest pop video final 12 months for “Sucker” are again to defend their title with “What a Man Gotta Do.” They have an opportunity to change into simply the third act to win two years working in this class, following ‘N Sync (2000-01) and Spears (2008-09).
BTS, who gained final 12 months’s inaugural finest Okay-Pop video for “Boy With Luv” (that includes Halsey) are again to defend with “On.” Unlike “Boy With Luv,” “On” can be nominated for finest pop video.
Changes I: The VMAs dropped finest dance video (gained final 12 months by The Chainsmokers’ “Call You Mine” (that includes Bebe Rexha). The VMAs had a dance class yearly from 1989-2006, however have disbursed with it in six of the final 14 years.
Changes II: The VMAs re-added finest different video to their checklist of classes. They offered this award (initially known as finest pop-modern video) yearly from 1989-98. Nirvana is the prime winner, with three wins in the class.
Changes III: The VMAs mixed two new artist classes into one—now named push finest new artist, offered by Chime Banking. Last 12 months Eilish gained each finest new artist and push artist of the 12 months. Lizzo and H.E.R. additionally competed in each classes, complicated the viewers (and even a couple of skilled awards analysts!)
Changes IV: The VMAs additionally added two pandemic-related classes—finest music video from dwelling and finest quarantine efficiency.