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MTV VMAs 2019: How to Watch, List of Performers and Presenters and Nominees

The 2019 MTV VMAs will bring together the biggest names in music.  Stars and fans will celebrate the year’s most iconic videos with electrifying performances, viral moments and a new, first-of-its-kind immersive fan experience. Hosted by Sebastian Maniscalco, the 2019 MTV VMAs will air live globally from Newark, NJ on Monday, August 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The VMAs will air on MTV and across 11 sister brands.

 The 2019 “VMAs Pre-Show” will be hosted by Terrence J and Nessa, with special correspondent Zara Larsson, and will air live on Monday, August 26 beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT, featuring celebrity interviews, performances and coverage of the star-studded prelude to the show. Fans will have a front row seat to performances by Ava Max, CNCO and Megan Thee Stallion. In addition to celebrity interviews and star-studded moments, the winner of the “2019 Push Artist of the Year” award will be presented by 2018 winner Hayley Kiyoko.

Performers: Big Sean featuring A$AP Ferg, H.E.R., Normani, Ozuna, Missy Elliott, Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers, Bad Bunny, Camila Cabello, Fetty Wap, J Balvin, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Naughty by Nature, Queen Latifah, Redman, Rosalia, Shawn Mendes, Wyclef Jean and recently added Miley Cyrus.

Presenters: Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger & Ashlyn Harris, Bebe Rexha, Billy Ray Cyrus, French Montana, Hailee Steinfeld, Ice-T, John Travolta, Jonathan Van Ness, Keke Palmer, Lenny Kravitz, Lindsey Vonn, Megan Thee Stallionm, P.K. Subban, Rick Ross, Salt-N-Pepa and Victor Cruz.



Video Of The Year
21 Savage ft. J. Cole – “a lot”
Billie Eilish – “bad guy”
Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”
Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”

Artist Of The Year
Cardi B
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Jonas Brothers
Shawn Mendes

Song Of The Year
Drake – “In My Feelings”
Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”
Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”

Best New Artist
Ava Max
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X

Best Collaboration
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita”
Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – “ME!”
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”
BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv”

Push Artist Of The Year
Billie Eilish

Best Pop
5 Seconds of Summer – “Easier”
Cardi B & Bruno Mars – “Please Me”
Billie Eilish – “bad guy”
Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”
Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”
Khalid – “Talk”

Best Hip Hop
2 Chainz ft. Ariana Grande – “Rule the World”
21 Savage ft. J. Cole – “a lot”
Cardi B – “Money”
DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
Travis Scott ft. Drake – “SICKO MODE”

Best R&B
Anderson .Paak ft. Smokey Robinson – “Make It Better”
Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer”
H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller – “Could’ve Been”
Alicia Keys – “Raise A Man”
Ella Mai – “Trip”
Normani ft. 6lack – “Waves”

Best K-Pop
BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv”
BLACKPINK – “Kill This Love”
Monsta X ft. French Montana – “Who Do You Love”
NCT 127 – “Regular”
EXO – “Tempo”

Best Latin
Anuel AA, Karol G – “Secreto”
Bad Bunny ft. Drake – “MIA”
benny blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez, J Balvin – “I Can’t Get Enough”
Daddy Yankee ft. Snow – “Con Calma”
Maluma – “Mala Mía”
ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura”

Best Dance
The Chainsmokers, Bebe Rexha – “Call You Mine”
Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato – “Solo”
DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B – “Taki Taki”
David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin – “Say My Name”
Marshmello & Bastille – “Happier”
Silk City & Dua Lipa ft. Diplo & Mark Ronson– “Electricity”

Best Rock
The 1975 – “Love It If We Made It”
Fall Out Boy – “Bishops Knife Trick”
Imagine Dragons – “Natural”
Lenny Kravitz – “Low”
Panic! At The Disco – “High Hopes”
twenty one pilots – “My Blood”

Video For Good
Halsey – “Nightmare”
The Killers – “Land of the Free”
Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey ft. Gallant – “Runaway Train”
John Legend – “Preach”
Lil Dicky – “Earth”
Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”

Best Group
5 Seconds of Summer
Backstreet Boys
Jonas Brothers
Why Don’t We

Best Power Anthem
Ariana Grande – “7 rings”
DJ Khaled ft. Cardi B & 21 Savage – “Wish Wish”
Halsey – “Nightmare”
Lizzo ft. Missy Elliott – “Tempo”
Maren Morris – “GIRL”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign – “Hot Girl Summer”
Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter”
Taylor Swift – “You Need To Calm Down”

Song Of Summer
Ariana Grande, Social House – “boyfriend”
Billie Eilish – “bad guy”
DaBaby – “Suge”
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”
Jonas Brothers – Sucker”
Khalid – “Talk”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
Lil Tecca – “Ransom”
Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”
Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter”
Post Malone ft. Young Thug – “Goodbyes”
ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura”
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita”
Taylor Swift – “You Need To Calm Down”
The Chainsmokers, Bebe Rexha – “Call You Mine”
Young Thug ft. J. Cole & Travis Scott – “The London”

Best Direction
Billie Eilish – “bad guy” – Directed by Dave Meyers
FKA twigs – “Cellophane” ­– Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang
Ariana Grande – “thank you, next” – Directed by Hannah Lux Davis
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Directed by Calmatic
LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends” – Directed by Dano Cerny
Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Directed by Drew Kirsch & Taylor Swift

Best Visual Effects
Billie Eilish – “when the party’s over” – Visual Effects by Bryan Fugal of CentralfugalProductions, Ryan Ross & Andres Jaramillo
FKA twigs – “Cellophane” – Visual Effects by Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti for Analog
Ariana Grande – “God is a Woman” – Visual Effects by Fabrice Lagayette, Kristina Prilukova & Rebecca Rice for Mathematic
DJ Khaled ft. SZA – “Just Us” – Visual Effects by GloriaFX, Sergii Mashevskyi and Anatolii Kuzmytskyi
LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends” – Visual Effects by Ethan Chancer
Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – “ME!” – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier& Lucas Salton for BUF VFX

Best Editing
Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Tints” – Editing by Vinnie Hobbs
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Editing by Calmatic
Billie Eilish – “bad guy” – Editing by Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” – Editing by Hannah Lux Davis & Taylor Walsh
Solange – “Almeda” – Editing by Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs, Jonathon Proctor
Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Editing by Jarrett Fijal

Best Art Direction
BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv” – Art Direction by JinSil Park, BoNa Kim (MU:E)
Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” – Art Direction by John Richoux
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Art Direction by Christian Zollenkopf for Prettybird
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” – Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter
Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Art Direction by Brittany Porter
Kanye West and Lil’ Pump ft. Adele Givens – “I Love It” – Art Direction by Tino Schaedler

Best Choreography
FKA twigs – “Cellophane” – Choreography by Kelly Yvonne
ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura” – Choreography by Charm La’Donna
LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends” – Choreography by Ryan Heffington
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” – Choreography by Calvit Hodge, Sara Biv
Solange – “Almeda” – Choreography by Maya Taylor, Solange Knowles
BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv” – Choreography by Son Sungdeuk, Quick Crew

Best Cinematography
Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Tints” – Cinematography by Elias Talbot
Billie Eilish – “hostage” – Cinematography by Pau Castejon
Ariana Grande – “thank you, next” – Cinematography by Christopher Probst
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” – Cinematography by Scott Cunningham
Solange – “Almeda” – Cinematography by Chayse Irvin, Ryan Marie Helfant, Justin Hamilton
Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – “ME!” – Cinematography by Starr Whitesides


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  • Amara La Negra (Love & Hip Hop Miami)
  • Angelina Pivarnick (Jersey Shore: Family Vacation)
  • Antonia “Toya” Wright (Family Hustle)
  • B. Simone (Girls Cruise)
  • Bobby Lytes (Love & Hip Hop Miami)
  • Brandon Thomas Lee (The Hills: New Beginnings)
  • Candace Rice (Floribama Shore)
  • Ceaser Emanuel (Black Ink Crew New York)
  • Chanel West Coast (Ridiculousness)
  • Char Defrancesco (Girls Cruise)
  • Charlamagne Tha God
  • Codi Butts (Floribama Shore)
  • Conceited (Wild ‘N Out)
  • Deena Cortese (Jersey Shore: Family Vacation)
  • Donna Lombardi (Black Ink Crew New York)
  • Dr. Drew Pinsky (Teen Mom)
  • Erica Mena (Love & Hip Hop New York)
  • Garrett Miller (Siesta Key)
  • Gus Smyrnios (Floribama Shore)
  • Heidi Klum (model)
  • Jamila Mustafa (TRL)
  • Jared Kelderman (Siesta Key)
  • Jason Lee (Wild ‘N Out)
  • Jenni Farley (Jersey Shore: Family Vacation)
  • Jeremiah Buoni (Floribama Shore)
  • Joe Budden (Love & Hip Hop New York)
  • Juliet “Juju” C. (Love & Hip Hop New York)
  • Justina Valentine (Tattoo Far)
  • Kailyn Lowry (Teen Mom)
  • Kamie Crawford (Catfish)
  • Karlie Redd (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta)
  • Kelsey Owens (Siesta Key)
  • Kevan Kenney (TRL)
  • Kim “Kimbella” Vanderhee (Love & Hip Hop New York)
  • Kirk Frost (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta)
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  • Nev Schulman (Catfish)
  • Nicole Polizzi (Jersey Shore: Family Vacation)
  • Nilsa Prowant (Floribama Shore)
  • Papoose (Love & Hip Hop New York)
  • Pauly Apostolides (Siesta Key)
  • Prince Michael Harty (Love & Hip Hop Miami)
  • Puma Robinson (Black Ink Crew New York)
  • Rasheeda Frost (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta)
  • Remy Ma (Love & Hip Hop New York)
  • Rip Micheals (Wild ‘N Out)
  • Ronnie Magro (Jersey Shore: Family Vacation)
  • Safaree (Love & Hip Hop New York)
  • Scrapp DeLeon (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta)
  • Shay Johnson (Love & Hip Hop Miami)
  • Sky Days (Black Ink Crew New York)
  • Stevie J (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta)
  • Tameka “Tiny” Harris (Family Hustle)
  • Teddy Ruks (Black Ink Crew New York)
  • Tiffany Panhilason (Girls Cruise)
  • Tip “T.I.” Harris (Family Hustle)
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  • Vena “Pretty Vee” Excell (Girls Cruise)
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  • Yandy Smith-Harris (Love & Hip Hop New York)
  • Young Bae (Black Ink Crew New York)
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