Here Are The Nominees For MTV Video Music Awards 2023

Fans can now place their votes in all categories until September 1

The MTV Video Music Awards 2023 nominees have been unveiled! The awards, like every year, is meant to celebrate the industry’s standout names and music video projects from the past year.

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Taylor Swift leads the 2023 MTV VMA nominations with eight nods, including categories like “Best Direction” and “Artist of the Year.”

SZA secured six nominations, while Olivia Rodrigo, Miley Cyrus, Doja Cat, Kim Petras, Nicki Minaj, and Sam Smith all earned five. The K-pop sensation BLACKPINK and Shakira and Diddy garnered four nominations each for the upcoming awards ceremony.

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This year’s MTV VMA highlights 35 newcomers among the nominees, including Kim Petras with five nominations, Ice Spice, Reneé Rapp, K-pop group Fifty Fifty, JVKE, Toosii, and Stephen Sanchez.

Starting August 8, fans can vote in all 15 gender-neutral categories, along with the addition of “Best Afrobeats,” by visiting its official website,

Voting will remain accessible until Friday, September 1. However, the “Best New Artist” polls will stay open until the winner is declared live during the show. MTV has announced that nominees for social categories like “Group of the Year” and “Song of the Summer” are forthcoming.

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This year’s MTV VMAs is set to air globally on Tuesday, September 12 at 8 p.m. (ET) from Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center.

Here is the complete list of 2023 MTV Music Video Awards nominees:

Video of the Year

  • Attention (Doja Cat, Kemosabe Records / RCA Records)
  • Flowers (Miley Cyrus, Columbia Records)
  • Super Freaky Girl (Nicki Minaj, Republic Records)
  • Vampire (Olivia Rodrigo, Geffen Records)
  • Unholy (Sam Smith, Kim Petras, Capitol Records)
  • Kill Bill (SZA, Top Dawg Entertainment / RCA Records)
  • Anti-Hero (Taylor Swift, Republic Records)

Artist of the Year

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

Song of the Year

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

Best New Artist

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

Best Collaboration

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

Best Pop

  • Swine (Demi Lovato)
  • Dance the Night (From Barbie the Album) (Dua Lipa)
  • Eyes Closed (Ed Sheeran)
  • Flowers (Miley Cyrus)
  • vampire (Olivia Rodrigo)
  • Trustfall (P!nk)
  • Anti-Hero (Taylor Swift)

Best Hip-Hop

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

Best R&B

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

Best Alternative

  • Edging (blink-182)
  • the film (boygenius)
  • Hold Me Like a Grudge (Fall Out Boy)
  • Candy Necklace (Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste)
  • This Is Why (Paramore)
  • Stuck (Thirty Seconds to Mars)

Best Rock

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

Best Latin

  • Funk Rave (Anitta)
  • Where She Goes (Bad Bunny)
  • Ella Baila Sola (Eslabon Armado, Peso Pluma)
  • un x100to (Grupo Frontera Bad Bunny)
  • TQG (Karol G, Shakira)
  • Despecha (Rosalia)
  • Acróstico (Shakira)

Best K-pop

  • Girls (aespa)
  • Pink Venom (BLACKPINK)
  • Cupid (Fifty Fifty)
  • Super (Seventeen)
  • S-Class (Stray Kids)
  • Sugar Rush Ride (TOMORROW X TOGETHER)

Best Afrobeats

  • Rush (Ayra Starr)
  • It’s Plenty (Burna Boy)
  • Unavailable (Davido ft. Musa Keys)
  • Bandana (Fireboy DML & Asake)
  • People (Libianca)
  • Calm Down (Rema & Selena Gomez)
  • 2 Sugar (Wizkid ft Ayra Starr)

Video for Good

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

Push Performance of the Year

  • Booty (Saucy Santana)
  • Until I Found You (Stephen Sanchez)
  • golden hour (JVKE)
  • Conceited (Flo Milli)
  • Colorado (Reneé Rapp)
  • All the Way Over (Sam Ryder)
  • Goated (Armani White)
  • Becky’s So Hot (Fletcher)
  • Sugar Rush Ride (TOMORROW X TOGETHER)
  • Princess Diana (Ice Spice)
  • Losing You (FLO)
  • That Part (Lauren Spencer Smith)

Best Direction

  • Attention (Doja Cat, Directed by Tanu Muiño)
  • Falling Back (Drake, Director X (Julien Christian Lutz)
  • Count Me Out (Kendrick Lamar, Directed by Dave Free & Kendrick Lamar)
  • Her (Megan Thee Stallion, Directed by Colin Tilley)
  • Unholy (Sam Smith, Kim Petras, Directed by Floria Sigismondi)
  • Kill Bill (SZA, Directed by Christian Breslauer)
  • Anti-Hero (Taylor Swift, Directed by Taylor Swift)

Best Cinematography

  • I Drink Wine (Adele, Cinematography by Adam Newport-Berra)
  • Eyes Closed (Ed Sheeran, Cinematography by Natasha Baier)
  • Lipstick Lover (Janelle Monae, Cinematography by Allison Anderson)
  • Count Me Out (Kendrick Lamar, Cinematography by Adam Newport-Berra)
  • Flowers (Miley Cyrus, Cinematography by Marcell Rev)
  • vampire (Olivia Rodrigo, Cinematography by Russ Fraser)
  • Anti-Hero (Taylor Swift, Cinematography by Rina Yang)

Best Visual Effects

  • Love From the Other Side (Fall Out Boy, Visual Effects by Thomas Bailey and Josh Shaffner)
  • Music for a Sushi Restaurant (Harry Styles, Visual Effects by Chelsea Delfino and Black Kite Studios)
  • VOID (Melanie Martinez, Visual Effects by Carbon)
  • Super Freaky Girl (Nicki Minaj, Visual Effects by Max Colt and Sergio Mashevskyi)
  • Unholy (Sam Smith, Kim Petras, Visual Effects by Max Colt / FRENDER)
  • Anti-Hero (Taylor Swift, Visual Effects by Parliament)

Best Choreography

  • Pink Venom (BLACKPINK, Choreography by Kiel Tutin, Sienna Lalau, Lee Jung, Taryn Cheng)
  • Dance the Night (From Barbie the Album) (Dua Lipa. Choreography by Charm LaDonna)
  • Waffle House (Jonas Brothers, Choreography by Jerry Reece)
  • Her (Megan Thee Stallion, Choreography by Sean Bankhead)
  • Middle of a Breakup (Panic! At The Disco, Choreography by Monika Felice Smith)
  • Unholy (Sam Smith, Kim Petras, Choreography by (LA)HORDE – Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, Arthur Harel)

Best Art Direction

  • the film (boygenius, Art Direction by Jen Dunlap)
  • Pink Venom (BLACKPINK, Art Direction by Seo Hyun Seung)
  • Attention (Doja Cat, Art Direction by Spencer Graves)
  • Candy Necklace (Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste, Art Direction by Brandon Mendez)
  • Her (Megan Thee Stallion, Art Direction by Niko Philipides)
  • Shirt (SZA, Art Direction by Kate Bunch)

Best Editing

  • Pink Venom (BLACKPINK, Editing by Seo Hyun Seung)
  • Rich Spirit (Kendrick Lamar, Edited by Grason Caldwell)
  • River (Miley Cyrus, Edited by Brandan Walter)
  • vampire (Olivia Rodrigo, Edited by Sofia Kerpan and David Checel)
  • Kill Bill (SZA, Edited by Luis Caraza Peimbert)
  • Anti-Hero (Taylor Swift, Edited by Chancler Haynes)

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