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Cardi B And The Carters Lead The Hip-Hop-Heavy VMA Nominations For 2018

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Cardi B‘s ridiculously impressive run of award show dominance last year has apparently spilled over into 2018, as she leads the way in MTV Video Music Award nominations with 10. MTV announced the full, hip-hop-heavy list of nominations today, and once again, the Bronx bombshell has stolen the spotlight, as she’s been doing since the meteoric rise of her 2017 smash single, “Bodak Yellow.”

Among other awards, Cardi has been nominated for Artist Of The Year, Best New Artist, and Best Hip-Hop song for “Bartier Cardi,” however, it’s her late-year surprise celebration of all things nineties that has garnered the majority of her recognition. Her “Finesse (Remix)” with Bruno Mars is up for Video and Song Of The Year, while the video is also competing for technical awards, including Best Choreography and Best Editing.

Cardi’s success is narrowly seconded by The Carters, whose Everything Is Love joint single “Apesh*t” is nominated for all eight of their possible awards despite only being a month old. It’s up for many of the same awards as Cardi, including Best Collaboration, Best Hip-Hop, and Video Of The Year. Childish Gambino and Drake are tied with each other, with seven nominations each.

This year’s VMAs will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9:00 PM, EST/PST. MTV is also working with Instagram TV to reveal the nominees in collaboration with some of the platform’s top creators, using eccentric and comedic vignettes to reveal the nominees in each category. Fans will be able to vote for their picks at vma.mtv.com today through the start of the show.

The full list of nominees can be seen below.

Video Of The Year
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records
Bruno Mars Feat. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records
The Carters – “Apesh*t” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records
Drake – “God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

Artist Of The Year
Ariana Grande – Republic Records
Bruno Mars – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello – Syco Music/Epic Records
Cardi B – Atlantic Records
Drake – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
Post Malone – Republic Records

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