2022 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees

The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards will return to New Jersey’s Prudential Center in Newark on Sunday, August 28 with Jack Harlow, Kendrick Lamar, and Lil Nas X all leading this year’s show in nominations.




The VMA’s are known for star-studded attendees, iconic sets, fun hosts, memorable fashion and performances, and the highly anticipated Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recipient announcement.


Our Top 3 Picks for most memorable VMA performances are:


Michael Jackson-1995

It's the dance precision for us. Michael Jackson’s VMA performance of the song titled “Dangerous” from the Dangerous Album had soul, swag, and boldness. It was the best VMA performance ever! Michael and the ensemble told a story through each dance move. At the end of the performance, Michael’s sister Icon Janet Jackson participated in the standing ovation in amazement of her brother's epic stage show. MJ is the GOAT for music, dance, and entertainment. This show in particular was another moment in his unmatched career that proved he is the best showman of all time. No wonder MTV named an award after him.


Eminem -2000

The greatest Hip Hop performance at the MTV VMAs came from Eminem aka Slim Shady. He arrived at the 2000 VMA’s with hundreds of Slim Shady look-alikes outside of Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Eminem and the fake Slim Shady’s entered the concert hall with their bleached blond hair, and white t-shirts. During Eminem’s performance of “The Real Slim Shady” he gave Carson Daily a pound on the way to the stage. The performance ended with his hit song from The Marshall Mathers LP, “The Way I Am.”


Madonna-1990

At the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards Madonna's performance of “Vogue” had the world striking a pose. The costumes, the lyrics, the dancers, and Madonna’s voice was so fun to watch. People are still viewing the performance on YouTube in 2022.



Scroll down for the full list of 2022 VMA nominees.


Video of the Year, Presented by Burger King®


Doja Cat: “Woman” — Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

Drake ft. Future, Young Thug: “Way 2 Sexy” — OVO / Republic

Ed Sheeran: “Shivers” — Atlantic Records

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



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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, Presented by EXTRA® Gum


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


Griff: “One Night” — Warner Records

Remi Wolf: “Sexy Villain” — Island Records

Nessa Barrett: “I Hope Ur Miserable Until Ur Dead” — Warner Records

Seventeen: “Rock With You” — Pledis Entertainment / Geffen Records

Mae Muller: “Better Days” — Capitol Records U.K.

Gayle: “abcdefu” Atlantic Records / Arthouse Records

Shenseea: “R U That” — Rich Immigrants / Interscope Records

Omar Apollo: “Tamagotchi” — Warner Records

Wet Leg: “Chaise Longue” — Domino Recording Company

Muni Long: “Baby Boo” — Supergiant Records LLC / Def Jam Recording

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, 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, Karol G: “Mamiii” — Kemosabe Records / Sony Music Latin / RCA Records

Daddy Yankee: “Remix” — Republic Records

Farruko: “Pepas” — Sony Music U.S. Latin

J Balvin, Skrillex: “In Da Getto” — Sueños Globales, LLC /Universal Music Latino / Asylum Records U.K.


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, 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


It was announced that Nicki Minaj will receive the 2022 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Learn more by visiting https://www.mtv.com/vma




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