NEW YORK (AP) — The MTV Video Music Awards return on Sunday with some of the biggest names in music vying for the network’s legendary Moon Person statue.
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow and Kendrick Lamar tied for the main nominees with seven each. Harlow and Lil Nas X’s “Industry Baby” collaboration boosted their nominations, putting them in competition for Artist of the Year along with Drake, Bad Bunny, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles and Lizzo.
Behind Harry Styles and Doja Cat, who received six nominations each, while Sheeran, Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Tayler Swift and The Weeknd each have five.
Harlow does double duty, joining LL Cool J and Nicki Minaj as the show’s hosts. The VMAs are being held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and will air beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Minaj will perform hits throughout her career and accept the show’s Video Vanguard Award, which MTV said she received for her artistry, groundbreaking hip-hop and global superstar status. . The honor is named after Michael Jackson.
Eminem, Snoop Dogg, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bad Bunny are also set to perform
Madonna, who is the most awarded artist in MTV history with 20 wins, becomes the only artist to receive a nomination in each of the VMAs’ five decades. She got her 69th nomination for her 14th studio album “Madame X”.
Lamar returns to the VMAs as a nominee for the first time since 2018, with nods for best hip-hop, direction, visual effects, editing and a category known as video for good, while that his songs “Family Ties” and “N95” are competing for Best Cinematography.