The 2022 VMA Nominations Have Arrived: Jack Harlow, Kendrick Lamar, & Lil Nas X Leading The Set

Doja Cat and Harry Styles aren't far behind with six nods each.

The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards are only a month away and Jack Harlow, Kendrick Lamar, and Lil Nas X all lead this year’s show in nominations, which were announced on Tuesday (July 26).


The three rappers have racked up a total of seven nods, with both Lil Nas X and Harlow being nominated together with their smash duet “Industry Baby” in five different categories. Lamar has been nominated in Best Cinematography for not just one but for two of his music videos: “Family Ties” and “N95.” Behind them, both Doja Cat and Harry Styles tie for the second-most nominations with six each. Several VMA vets — Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd — follow with highlights in five categories.

Lil Nas X and Harlow might have racked up the greatest number of noms together, but they are up for serious competition for the highly coveted Video of the Year award. Doja’s “Woman” and Styles’s “As It Was,” two of the year’s most iconic visuals, are also noted. They will face off against Drake’s “Way 2 Sexy,” Sheeran’s “Shivers,” and Swift’s “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version).


The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards will return to New Jersey’s Prudential Center in Newark on Sunday, August 28. The ceremony previously hit the Garden State in 2019 when it was hosted by comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco; last year’s show aired from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Scroll down for the full list of 2022 VMA nominees, and be sure to go and vote on vma.mtv.com for your faves.


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

 

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 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

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