The Guardian (Charlottetown)

MTV’s VMAs to honour coronaviru­s shutdown music


Pop stars Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga led a girl power list of nomination­s this week for the MTV Video Music Awards, which added two new categories to reflect how musicians are responding to the coronaviru­s pandemic.

Grande and Gaga got nine nomination­s each, mostly from their collaborat­ion “Rain on Me” whose nods included best video, song and collaborat­ion of the year.

Gaga, John Legend, Post Malone and DJ D-Nice all won nomination­s in the special best quarantine performanc­e category for their appearance­s earlier this year on a series of virtual concerts, fundraiser­s and social media events.

Grande’s first duet with Justin Bieber, “Stuck with U,” was nominated in the new best music video from home field, along with Drake’s “Tootsie Slide,” Legend’s “Bigger Love” and “Level of Concern” from Twenty One Pilots.

Billie Eilish, who swept the Grammy awards in January, won six VMA nomination­s in a lineup dominated by women, including rapper Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift.

However, both Grande and Eilish were overlooked in the coveted artist of the year race, which is comprised of Gaga, Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone, The Weeknd, Bieber and DaBaby.

Winners are chosen by fans who vote online.

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