Your Complete Guide for the 2022 MTV VMAs Nominees
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Your Complete Guide for the 2022 MTV VMAs Nominees

August 23, 2022 Share

The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards is a ceremony hosted by MTV that honours the best music videos of the year. Jack Harlow, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas, and other musicians whose cultural influence and efforts over the previous year have revolutionised the music industry are among the 2022 MTV VMAs Nominees.

As for now, we cannot just leave you hanging there without updating you with the full list, so here’s the official list of nominees as announced on MTV’s website!

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Video of the year 

Doja Cat – “Woman” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy” – OVO/Republic

Ed Sheeran – “Shivers” – Atlantic RecordsWe’re just days away from music fans’ most-awaited night…the MTV Video Music Awards. The VMAs will return on August 28 with all the jaw-dropping splendour that the event is known for.

The event, which will take place at the Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey, is already expected to feature several high-profile performances in addition to the presentation of awards to the year’s greatest and most influential music videos.

Voting for the 2022 MTV VMAs Nominees in the three special social categories, Group of the Year, Song of the Summer, and Album of the Year, could be done through MTV’s Instagram Story between Monday, August 22, and the night of the show. 

As you gear up for the 38th VMAs, find all the nominations for this year—led by Doja Cat, Harry Styles, Jack Harlow, Kendrick Lamar, and Lil Nas X, and get yourself ready with all the information needed before watching. Read on for your complete guide to the 2022 VMAs.

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Where can you watch the 2022 MTV VMAs?

Normally, MTV, the VMAs’ home network, will broadcast the event. The CW, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TVLand, and VH1 are just some of the networks that are simulcasting it too. Even though the 2021 VMAs was streamed on Paramount+, MTV hasn’t made any announcements yet mentioning that it will be on Paramount+ this year.

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Who is hosting the 2022 VMAs?

Nicki Minaj, LL Cool J, and Jack Harlow will be hosting the 2022 MTV VMAs, which makes us even more excited about the event. Besides her role in hosting the event, Minaj will also receive the prestigious Video Vanguard Award at the ceremony.

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Here’s a brief about the 2022 MTV VMAs Nominees leading the list

With seven nominations each, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X, and Jack Harlow are topping the list this year. With six nominations each, last year’s host, Doja Cat, and Harry Styles are not far behind. Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and the Weeknd follow with five noms each.

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The 2022 MTV VMAs Nominees’ night will be getting wilder and wilder with these great performers competing over the Video of the Year great prize with their hits; Doja Cat for Woman, Drake ft. Future & Young Thug for Way 2 Sexy, Ed Sheeran for Shivers, Harry Styles for As It Was, Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow for INDUSTRY BABY, Olivia Rodrigo for Brutal, and Taylor Swift for All Too Well.

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BLACKPINK, Foo Fighters, and BTS are competing for the Group of the Year prize. Lizzo’s About Damn Time, Styles’ Late Night Talking, and Beyonce’s Break My Soul, among others, are nominees for Song of the Summer. Adele’s album 30, Billie Eilish’s album Happier than Ever, and Harry Styles‘ album Harry’s House are competing for the Album of the Year.

  • Harry Styles – “As It Was“ – Columbia Records
  • Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY” – Columbia Records
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “Brutal” – Geffen Records
  • Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) – Republic Records 

Artist of the year

  • Bad Bunny – Rimas Entertainment
  • Drake – OVO/Republic
  • Ed Sheeran – Atlantic Records
  • Harry Styles – Columbia Records
  • Jack Harlow – Generation Now / Atlantic Records 
  • Lil Nas X – Columbia Records
  • Lizzo – Atlantic Records 

Song of the year

  • Adele – “Easy On Me” – Columbia Records
  • Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • Doja Cat – “Woman” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • Elton John & Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” – EMI / Interscope Records 
  • Lizzo – “About Damn Time” – Atlantic Records 
  • The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – “STAY” – Columbia Records

Best new artist

  • Baby Keem – Columbia Records
  • Dove Cameron – Disruptor Records / Columbia Records 
  • GAYLE – Atlantic Records / Arthouse Records
  • Latto – Streamcut / RCA Records
  • Måneskin – Arista Records
  • SEVENTEEN – PLEDIS Entertainment/Geffen Records 

Push performance of the year

  • September 2021: Griff – “One Night” – Warner Records
  • October 2021: Remi Wolf – “Sexy Villain” – Island Records
  • November 2021: Nessa Barrett – “I hope ur miserable until ur dead” – Warner Records 
  • December 2021: SEVENTEEN – “Rock With You” – PLEDIS Entertainment / Geffen Records 
  • January 2021: Mae Muller – “Better Days” – Capitol Records UK
  • February 2022: GAYLE – “abcdefu” – Atlantic Records / Arthouse Records
  • March 2022: Sheneesa – “R U That” – Rich Immigrants / Interscope Records
  • April 2022: Omar Apollo – “Tamagotchi” – Warner Records
  • May 2022: Wet Leg – “Chaise Longue” – Domino Recording Company
  • June 2022: Muni Long – “Baby Boo” – Supergiant Records LLC / Def Jam Recording
  • July 2022: Doechii – “Persuasive” – Top Dog Entertainment / Capitol Records 

Best Collaboration

  • Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy” – OVO/Republic
  • Elton John & Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” – EMI / Interscope Records
  • Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY” – Columbia Records
  • Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie” – 300 Entertainment
  • Post Malone & The Weeknd – “One Right Now” – Mercury Records / Republic Records 
  • ROSALÍA ft. The Weeknd – “LA FAMA” – Columbia Records
  • The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – “STAY” – Columbia Records 

Best pop

  • Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom / Interscope Records 
  • Doja Cat – “Woman” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • Ed Sheeran – “Shivers” – Atlantic Records
  • Harry Styles – “As It Was” – Columbia Records
  • Lizzo – “About Damn Time” – Atlantic Records
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “traitor” – Geffen Records 

Best hip-hop

  • Eminem & Snoop Dogg – “From The D 2 The LBC” – Shady / Aftermath / Interscope Records 
  • Future ft. Drake, Tems – “WAIT FOR U” – Freebandz / Epic Records
  • Kendrick Lamar – “N95” – pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope Records 
  • Latto – “Big Energy” – Streamcut / RCA Records
  • Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Baby – “Do We Have A Problem?” – Young Money / Cash Money / Republic Records
  • Pusha T – “Diet Coke” – G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam 

Best rock

  • Foo Fighters – “Love Dies Young” – RCA Records
  • Jack White – “Taking Me Back” – Third Man Records
  • Muse – “Won’t Stand Down” – Warner Records
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Black Summer” – Warner Records 
  • Shinedown – “Planet Zero” – Elektra Music Group
  • Three Days Grace – “So Called Life” – RCA Records 

Best alternative

  • Avril Lavigne ft. blackbear – “Love It When You Hate Me” – Elektra Music Group / DTA Records
  • Imagine Dragons x JID – “Enemy” – KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records
  • Machine Gun Kelly ft. WILLOW – “emo girl” – Bad Boy / Interscope Records
  • Måneskin – “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE” – Arista Records
  • Panic! At The Disco – “Viva Las Vengeance” – Fueled By Ramen / Elektra Music Group 
  • Twenty One Pilots  – “Saturday” – Fueled By Ramen / Elektra Music Group
  • WILLOW, Avril Lavigne ft. Travis Barker – “G R O W” – MSFTSMusic / Roc Nation Records

Best Latin

  • Anitta – “Envolver” – Warner Records
  • Bad Bunny – “Tití Me Preguntó” – Rimas Entertainment
  • Becky G X KAROL G – “MAMIII” – Kemosabe Records / Sony Music Latin / RCA Records 
  • Daddy Yankee – “REMIX” – Republic Records
  • Farruko – “Pepas” – Sony Music US Latin
  • J Balvin & Skrillex – “In Da Getto” – Sueños Globales, LLC /Universal Music Latino / Asylum Records UK 

Best R&B

  • Alicia Keys – “City of Gods (Part II)” – AKW
  • Chlöe – “Have Mercy” – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records
  • H.E.R. – “For Anyone” – RCA Records
  • Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side” – Keep Cool/RCA Records
  • Summer Walker, SZA & Cardi B – “No Love (Extended Version)” – LVRN / Interscope Records 
  • The Weeknd – “Out Of Time” – XO / Republic Records 

Best K-pop

  • BTS – “Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)” – BIGHIT Music / Geffen Records 
  • ITZY – “LOCO” – JYP Entertainment
  • LISA – “LALISA” – YG Entertainment / Interscope Records
  • SEVENTEEN – “HOT” – PLEDIS Entertainment/Geffen Records
  • Stray Kids – “MANIAC” – JYP Entertainment
  • TWICE – “The Feels” – JYP Entertainment

Video for good

  • Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5” – pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope Records
  • Latto – “P*ssy” – Streamcut / RCA Records
  • Lizzo – “About Damn Time” – Atlantic Records
  • Rina Sawayama – “This Hell” – Dirty Hit
  • Stromae – ”Fils de joie” – Mosaert Label / The Darkroom / Interscope Records 

Best metaverse performance

  • BLACKPINK The Virtual | PUBG – YG Entertainment / Interscope Records
  • BTS | Minecraft – BIGHIT Music / Geffen Records
  • Charli XCX | Roblox – Atlantic Records
  • Justin Bieber – An Interactive Virtual Experience | Wave – Def Jam
  • Rift Tour ft. Ariana Grande | Fortnite – Republic Records
  • Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience | Roblox – Fueled By Ramen / Elektra Music Group 

Best longform video

  • Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles – Darkroom / Interscope Records 
  • Foo Fighters – Studio 666 – RCA Records
  • Kacey Musgraves – star-crossed – Interscope Records / MCA Nashville
  • Madonna – Madame X – Interscope Records
  • Olivia Rodrigo – driving home 2 u – Geffen Records
  • Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) – Republic Records 

Best Cinematography

  • Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties” – Columbia Records
  • Camila Cabello ft. Ed Sheeran – “Bam Bam” – Epic Records
  • Harry Styles – “As It Was” – Columbia Records
  • Kendrick Lamar – “N95” – pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope Records 
  • Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side” – Keep Cool / RCA Records
  • Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) – Republic Records 

Best Direction

  • Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties” – Columbia Records
  • Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • Ed Sheeran – “Shivers” – Atlantic Records 
  • Harry Styles – “As It Was” – Columbia Records
  • Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY” – Columbia Records
  • Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) – Republic Records 

Best art direction

  • Adele – “Oh My God” – Columbia Records
  • Doja Cat – “Get Into It (Yuh)” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy” – OVO / Republic Records 
  • Kacey Musgraves – “simple times” – Interscope Records / MCA Nashville 
  • Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY” – Columbia Records
  • Megan Thee Stallion ft. Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie” – 300 Entertainment 

Best visual effects

  • Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • Coldplay X BTS – “My Universe” – Atlantic Records
  • Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5” – pgLang/Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope Records
  • Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY” – Columbia Records
  • Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie” – 300 Entertainment
  • The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – “STAY” – Columbia Records

Best choreography

  • BTS – “Permission to Dance” – BIGHIT Music/Geffen Records
  • Doja Cat – “Woman” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • FKA twigs ft. The Weeknd – “Tears In The Club” – Atlantic Records 
  • Harry Styles – “As It Was” – Columbia Records
  • Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY” – Columbia Records 
  • Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side” – Keep Cool / RCA Records 

Best editing

  • Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties” – Columbia Records
  • Doja Cat – “Get Into It (Yuh)” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “brutal” – Geffen Records
  • ROSALÍA – “SAOKO” – Columbia Records
  • Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) – Republic Records 
  • The Weeknd – “Take My Breath” – XO / Republic Records 

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