Taylor Swift leads 2023 MTV Video Music Awards nominations with eight nods 

The stage is set for a dazzling showcase of musical excellence as the nominations for the highly anticipated 2023 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) were unveiled on Tuesday. Global sensation Taylor Swift is leading the pack, securing an impressive eight nominations, followed closely by a powerhouse lineup of female artists dominating this year’s nominations. 

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Swift’s commanding presence is set to grace the VMAs as her chart-topping hits continue to captivate the world. Notably, her sensational track “Anti-Hero” snagged a staggering seven nominations, including prestigious categories such as Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, and Best Direction. 

A defining moment in VMAs history, the Artist of the Year category shines a spotlight exclusively on remarkable women artists. Swift finds herself in illustrious company alongside Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj, Shakira, Beyoncé, and Karol G, each vying for this esteemed title. 

SZA gets six nominations at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards 

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However, the competition is fierce, as other trailblazing artists command the spotlight with their nominations. SZA emerges as a formidable contender with six nominations, showcasing her extraordinary talent and versatility. Despite missing out on the Artist of the Year category, SZA’s hit track “Kill Bill” secured nominations in Song of the Year, Video of the Year, Best Direction, Best Editing, and Best Art Direction. Her track “Shirt” found recognition in the Best R&B category. 

The VMAs also spotlight newcomers, ushering fresh voices to the grand stage. First-time nominees such as Kim Petras, Ice Spice, Metro Boomin, GloRilla, Ayra Starr, and Peso Pluma proudly join the ranks of established stars, bringing a vibrant energy to the event. 

Marking a significant expansion, the 2023 VMAs introduce the Best Afrobeats category, a testament to music’s dynamic and ever-evolving landscape. 

The stage is set for an unforgettable night of musical celebration as the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards take center stage on September 12th at the prestigious Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. As anticipation builds and excitement soars, music enthusiasts worldwide await the grand spectacle that will surely define the year’s most iconic moments in music. 

Here’s the list of nominees –

Song of the Year 

  • Miley Cyrus – Flowers 
  • Olivia Rodrigo – Vampire 
  • Rema & Selena Gomez – Calm Down 
  • Sam Smith & Kim Petras – Unholy 
  • Steve Lacy – Bad Habit 
  • SZA – Kill Bill 
  • Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero 

Video of the Year 

  • Doja Cat – Attention 
  • Miley Cyrus – Flowers 
  • Nicki Minaj – Super Freaky Girl 
  • Olivia Rodrigo – Vampire 
  • Sam Smith & Kim Petras – Unholy 
  • SZA – Kill Bill 
  • Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero 

Artist of the Year 

  • Beyoncé 
  • Doja Cat 
  • Karol G 
  • Nicki Minaj 
  • Shakira 
  • Taylor Swift 

Best New Artist 

  • GloRilla 
  • Ice Spice 
  • Kaliii 
  • Peso Pluma 
  • PinkPantheress 
  • Reneé Rapp 

Best Collaboration 

  • David Guetta & Bebe Rexha – I’m Good (Blue) 
  • Post Malone & Doja Cat – I Like You (A Happier Song) 
  • Diddy ft. Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, Yung Miami – Gotta Move On 
  • KAROL G & Shakira – TQG 
  • Metro Boomin ft. The Weeknd, 21 Savage, Diddy – Creepin’ (Remix) 
  • Rema & Selena Gomez – Calm Down 

Best Pop 

  • Demi Lovato – Swine 
  • Dua Lipa – Dance the Night 
  • Ed Sheeran – Eyes Closed 
  • Miley Cyrus – Flowers 
  • Olivia Rodrigo – Vampire 
  • P!NK – Trustfall 
  • Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero 

Best Hip-Hop 

  • Diddy ft. Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, Yung Miami – Gotta Move On 
  • DJ Khaled ft. Drake & Lil Baby – STAYING ALIVE 
  • GloRilla & Cardi B – Tomorrow 2 
  • Lil Uzi Vert – Just Wanna Rock 
  • Lil Wayne ft. Swizz Beatz & DMX – Kant Nobody 
  • Metro Boomin ft. Future – Superhero (Heroes and Villains) 
  • Nicki Minaj – Super Freaky Girl 

Best Rock 

  • Foo Fighters – The Teacher 
  • Linkin Park – Lost (Original Version) 
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – Tippa My Tongue 
  • Maneskin – The Loneliest 
  • Metallica – Lux Æterna 
  • Muse – You Make Me Feel Like It’s Halloween 

Best Alternative 

  • Blink-182 – Edging 
  • Boygenius – The Film 
  • Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Like a Grudge 
  • Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste – Candy Necklace 
  • Paramore – This Is Why 
  • Thirty Seconds To Mars – Stuck 

Best R&B 

  • Alicia Keys ft. Lucky Daye – Stay 
  • Chlöe ft. Chris Brown – How Does It Feel 
  • Metro Boomin ft. The Weeknd, 21 Savage, Diddy – Creepin’ (Remix) 
  • SZA – Shirt 
  • Toosii – Favorite Song 
  • Yung Bleu & Nicki Minaj – Love In The Way 

Video for Good 

  • Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You (Orchestral) 
  • Bad Bunny – El Apagón Aquí Vive Gente 
  • Demi Lovato – Swine 
  • Dove Cameron – Breakfast 
  • Imagine Dragons – Crushed 
  • Maluma – La Reina 

Best Cinematography 

  • Adele – I Drink Wine 
  • Ed Sheeran – Eyes Closed 
  • Janelle Monae – Lipstick Lover 
  • Kendrick Lamar – Count Me Out 
  • Miley Cyrus – Flowers 
  • Olivia Rodrigo – Vampire 
  • Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero 

Best Direction 

  • Doja Cat – Attention 
  • Drake – Falling Back 
  • Kendrick Lamar – Count Me Out 
  • Megan Thee Stallion – Her 
  • Sam Smith & Kim Petras – Unholy 
  • SZA – Kill Bill 
  • Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero 

Best Art Direction 

  • Boygenius – The Film 
  • Blackpink – Pink Venom 
  • Doja Cat – Attention 
  • Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste – Candy Necklace 
  • Megan Thee Stallion – Her 
  • SZA – Shirt 

Best Visual Effects 

  • Fall Out Boy – Love From the Other Side 
  • Harry Styles – Music for a Sushi Restaurant 
  • Melanie Martinez – Void 
  • Nicki Minaj – Super Freaky Girl 
  • Sam Smith & Kim Petras – Unholy 
  • Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero 

Best Choreography 

  • Blackpink – Pink Venom 
  • Dua Lipa – Dance the Night 
  • Jonas Brothers – Waffle House 
  • Megan Thee Stallion – Her 
  • Panic! at the Disco – Middle of a Breakup 
  • Sam Smith & Kim Petras – Unholy 

Best Editing 

  • Blackpink – Pink Venom 
  • Kendrick Lamar – Rich Spirit 
  • Miley Cyrus – River 
  • Olivia Rodrigo – Vampire 
  • SZA – Kill Bill 
  • Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero 
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