MTV VMAs 2021: Nominees, Winners, and Performances

The MTV Video Music Awards are back at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This year’s show returns with an live audience and is hosted by performer and nominee, Doja Cat. It will be streamed on MTV, BET, CMT, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, The CW, MTV2, and online at MTV.com.

Performers include Justin Bieber, The Kid Laroi, Jack Harlow, Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Barker, Lil Nas X, Busta Rhymes, Twenty One Pilots, Ed Sheeran, Swae Lee, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Olivia Rodrigo, Tainy, Ozuna, Shawn Mendes, Chlöe, Normani, Kacey Musgraves, Camila Cabello, and Anitta.

Performances (click to watch): 

Swedish House Mafia: “Lifetime” + a snippet of The Weeknd collaboration

Justin Bieber and The Kid Laroi: “Stay” & “Ghost” 

Doja Cat: “Been Like This” & “You Right”

Chlöe: “Have Mercy”

Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow: “Industry Baby”


Presenters include Billie Eilish, Connor McGregor, Ja Rule, Ashanti, Megan Fox, SZA, Wyclef Jean, Fat Joe, Avril Lavigne, and more.

Nominations:

Video of the Year

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

Artist of the Year

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

Song of the Year

24kGoldn: “Mood” [ft. iann dior]
BTS: “Dynamite”
Cardi B: “WAP” [ft. Megan Thee Stallion]
Dua Lipa: “Levitating”
Olivia Rodrigo: “drivers license”
Silk Sonic: “Leave the Door Open”

Best New Artist, Presented by Facebook

24kGoldn
Giveon
The Kid LAROI
Olivia Rodrigo
Polo G
Saweetie

Best Collaboration

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

Best Pop

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

Best Hip-Hop

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

Best Rock

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

Best Alternative

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

Best Latin

Bad Bunny / Jhay Cortez: “Dákiti”
Billie Eilish / Rosalía: “Lo Vas A Olvidar”
Black Eyed Peas / Shakira: “GIRL LIKE ME”
J Balvin / Dua Lipa / Bad Bunny / Tainy: “UN DIA (ONE DAY)”
Karol G: “Bichota”
Maluma: “Hawái”

Best R&B

Beyoncé / Blue Ivy / SAINt JHN / WizKid: “BROWN SKIN GIRL”
Chris Brown / Young Thug: “Go Crazy”
Giveon: “HEARTBREAK ANNIVERSARY”
H.E.R.: “Come Through” [ft. Chris Brown]
Silk Sonic: “Leave the Door Open”
SZA: “Good Days”

Best K-Pop

(G)I-DLE: “DUMDi DUMDi”
BLACKPINK / Selena Gomez: “Ice Cream”
BTS: “Butter”
Monsta X: “Gambler”
SEVENTEEN: “Ready to love”
TWICE: “Alcohol-Free”

Video for Good

Billie Eilish: “Your Power”
Demi Lovato: “Dancing With the Devil”
H.E.R.: “Fight for You”
Kane Brown: “Worldwide Beautiful” 
Lil Nas X: “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”
Pharrell Williams: “Entrepreneur” [ft. JAY-Z]

Best Direction

Billie Eilish: “Your Power” (dir. Billie Eilish)
DJ Khaled ft. Drake: “POPSTAR” (dir. Director X)
Lil Nas X: “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” (dir. Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino)
Taylor Swift: “willow” (dir. Taylor Swift)
Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A: “Franchise” (dir. Travis Scott)
Tyler, the Creator: “LUMBERJACK” (dir. Wolf Haley)

Best Cinematography

Beyoncé / Blue Ivy / SAINt JHN / WizKid: “BROWN SKIN GIRL” (cinematography: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, MOHAMMAED ATTA AHMED, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant)
Billie Eilish: “Therefore I Am” (cinematography: Rob Witt)
Foo Fighters: “Shame Shame” (cinematography: Santiago Gonzalez)
Justin Bieber ft. Chance The Rapper: “Holy” (cinematography: Elias Talbot)
Lady Gaga: “911” (cinematography: Jeff Cronenweth)
Lorde: “Solar Power” (cinematography: Andrew Stroud)

Best Art Direction

Beyoncé / Shatta Wale / Major Lazer: “ALREADY” (art direction: Susan Linns, Gerard Santos)
Ed Sheeran: “Bad Habits” (art direction: Alison Dominitz)
Lady Gaga: “911” (art direction: Tom Foden, Peter Andrus)
Lil Nas X: “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” (art direction: John Richoux)
Saweetie ft. Doja Cat: “Best Friend” (art direction: Art Haynes)
Taylor Swift: “willow” (art direction: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez)

Best Visual Effects

Bella Poarch: “Build A Bitch” (visual effects: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina Vetrova)
Coldplay: “Higher Power” (visual effects: Mathematic)
Doja Cat & The Weeknd: “You Right” (visual effects: La Pac, Anthony Lestremau, Julien Missaire, Petr Shkolniy, Alexi Bailla, Micha Sher, Antoine Hache, Mikros MPC, Nicolas Huget, Guillaume Ho Tsong Fang, Benjamin Lenfant, Stephane Pivron, MPC Bangalore, Chanakya Chander, Raju Ganesh, David Rouxel)
Glass Animals: “Tangerine” (visual effects: Ronan Fourreau)
Lil Nas X: “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” (visual effects: Mathematic)
P!NK: “All I Know So Far” (visual effects: Dave Meyers, Freenjoy Inc)

Best Choreography

Ariana Grande: “34+35” (choreography: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson)
BTS: “Butter” (choreography: SON SUNG DEUK With BHM PERFORMANCE DIRECTING TEAM)
Ed Sheeran: “Bad Habits” (choreography: Natricia Bernard)
Foo Fighters: “Shame Shame” (choreography: Nina McNeely)
Harry Styles: “Treat People With Kindness” (choreography: Paul Roberts)
Marshmello & Halsey: “Be Kind” (choreography: Dani Vitale) 

Best Editing

BTS: “Butter” (editing: Yong Seok Choi from Lumpens)
Drake: “What’s Next” (editing: Noah Kendal)
Harry Styles: “Treat People With Kindness” (editing: Claudia Wass)
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon: “Peaches” (editing: Mark Mayr, Vinnie Hobbs)
Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa: “Prisoner” (editing: William Town at Modern Post)
Silk Sonic: “Leave the Door Open” (editing: Troy Charbonnet)

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