The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards are right around the corner. With a brand new special edition Moonperson designed by Kehinde Wiley and a return the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the first time since 2013, the VMAs are sure to be spectacular.

Justin Bieber leads this year’s nominations with a total of seven, including Video of the Year and Artist of the Year. Close behind is Megan Thee Stallion with six nominations. Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo, and Taylor Swift all have five nominations in various categories. These numbers could still change, though. Best Group and Song of Summer categories are yet to be announced!

The 2021 MTV VMAs will air live on MTV from the Barclays Center Sunday, September 12. Check out the full list of nominations below.

Video of the Year

“WAP,” Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion
“Popstar (starring Justin Bieber,” DJ Khaled ft. Drake
“Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat ft. SZA
“Bad Habits,” Ed Sheeran
“MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” Lil Nas X
“Save Your Tears,” The Weeknd

Artist of the Year

Ariana Grande
Doja Cat
Justin Bieber
Megan Thee Stallion
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

Song of the Year

“Mood,” 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior
“Leave the Door Open,” Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic
“Dymamite,” BTS
“WAP,” Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion
“Levitating,” Dua Lipa
“drivers license,” Olivia Rodrigo

Best New Artist

Olivia Rodrigo
Polo G

Push Performance of the Year

“Are You Bored Yet?,” Wallows
“Daisy,” Ashnikko
“Gorgeous,” Saint Jhn
“Coco,” 24kGoldn
“Break My Heart,” JC Stewart
“Sex Lies,” Latto
“Selfish,” Madison Beer
“Without You,” The Kid LAROI
“drivers license,” Olivia Rodrigo
“Serotonin,” girl in red
“my slime,” Fousheé
“Think About Me,” jxdn

Best Collaboration

“Mood,” 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior
“WAP,” Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion
“Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat ft. SZA
“Laugh Now Cry Later,” Drake ft. Lil Durk
“Peaches,” Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon
“Prisoner,” Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa

Best Pop

“positions,” Ariana Grande
“Therefore I Am,” Billie Eilish
“Butter,” BTS
“Treat People with Kindness,” Harry Styles
“Peaches,” Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon
“good 4 u,” Olivia Rodrigo
“Wonder,” Shawn Mendes
“willow,” Taylor Swift

Best Hip-Hop

“WAP,” Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion
“Laugh Now Cry Later,” Drake ft. Lil Durk
“On Me (Remix),” Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion
“Said Sum,” Moneybagg Yo
“Rapstar,” Polo G
“FRANCHISE,” Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A

Best R&B

“Brown Skin Girl,” Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Saint Jhn, Wizkid
“Leave the Door Open,” Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic
“Go Crazy,” Chris Brown & Young Thug
“Heartbreak Anniversary,” Giveon
“Come Through,” H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown
“Good Days,” SZA

Best K-Pop

“Ice Cream,” BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez
“Butter,” BTS
“Ready to Love,” SEVENTEEN
“Alcohol-Free,” TWICE

Best Latin

“Dákiti,” Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez
“Lo Vas A Olvidar,” Billie Eilish & Rosalía
“Girl Like Me,” Black Eyed Peas & Shakira
“Un Dia (One Day),” J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy
“Bichota,” Karol G
“Hawái,” Maluma

Best Rock

“Use My Voice,” Evanescense
“Shame Shame,” Foo Fighters
“Last Train Home,” John Mayer
“My Own Soul’s Warning,” The Killers
“The Bandit,” Kings of Leon
“Raise Vibration,” Lenny Kravitz

Best Alternative

“Stop Making This Hurt,” Bleachers
“Heat Waves,” Glass Animals
“Follow You,” Imagine Dragons
“my ex’s best friend,” Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear
“Shy Away,” Twenty One Pilots
“t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l,” WILLOW ft. Travis Barker

Video for Good

“Your Power,” Billie Eilish
“Dancing With The Devil,” Demi Lovato
“Fight For You,” H.E.R.
“Worldwide Beautiful,” Kane Brown
“MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” Lil Nas X
“Entrepreneur,” Pharrell Williams ft. Jay-Z

Best Direction

“Your Power,” Billie Elish, directed by Billie Eilish
“Popstar (starring Justin Bieber),” DJ Khaled ft. Drake, directed by Julien Christian Lutz pka Director X
“MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” Lil Nas X, directed by Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino
“willow,” Taylor Swift, directed by Taylor Swift
“Franchise,” Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A., directed by Travis Scott
“LUMBERJACK,” Tyler, The Creator, directed by Wolf Haley

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