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Taylor Swift and SZA lead 2023 MTV Video Music Award nominations

SZA (left) and Taylor Swift (right) lead the 2023 MTV VMA nominations
SZA (left) and Taylor Swift (right) lead the 2023 MTV VMA nominations Copyright Michael Zorn/Invision/AP - AP Photo/George Walker
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By David Mouriquand
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Taylor Swift leads the pack, followed by SZA, Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj.

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Taylor Swift tops the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards nominations.

She leads with eight - seven for her 'Anti-Hero' music video and a nod in the Artist of the Year category - followed by SZA, who has six.

Both were recognized in the Video of the Year category, for 'Anti-Hero' and 'Kill Bill', respectively. Trailing them are Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo, and Sam Smith and Kim Petras, all of whom are tied with five nominations. BLACKPINK, Diddy and Shakira each received four.

Swift currently has 14 VMAs to her name, placing her behind Beyoncé, who has 28 (two with Destiny’s Child), Madonna, who has 20 awards, and Lady Gaga, who has 19.

Beyoncé is nominated for Artist of the Year. Since she did not release any music videos surrounding the release of 'Renaissance', she is not nominated for any other awards.

The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, scheduled for 12 September, will have a record-breaking 35 first-time nominees including Petras, and Metro Boomin' and Rema, who boast three each.

The VMAs will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Fan voting has now begun online across 15 gender-neutral categories, including the new best Afrobeats category. Voting ends Friday 1 September.

Here is the full list of nominations:

Video of the Year

  • Doja Cat - “Attention”
  • Miley Cyrus - “Flowers”
  • Nicki Minaj - “Super Freaky Girl”
  • Olivia Rodrigo - “Vampire”
  • Sam Smith & Kim Petras - “Unholy”
  • SZA - “Kill Bill”
  • Taylor Swift - “Anti-Hero”

Artist of the Year

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

Song of the Year

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

Best New Artist

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

Push Performance of the Year

  • August 2022: Saucy Santana - “Booty”
  • September 2022: Stephen Sanchez - “Until I Found You”
  • October 2022: JVKE - “golden hour”
  • November 2022: Flo Milli - “Conceited”
  • December 2022: Reneé Rapp - “Colorado”
  • January 2023: Sam Ryder - “All The Way Over”
  • February 2023: Armani White - “GOATED”
  • March 2023: Fletcher - “Becky's So Hot”
  • April 2023: Tomorrow X Together - “Sugar Rush Ride”
  • May 2023: Ice Spice – “Princess Diana”
  • June 2023: FLO – “Losing You”
  • July 2023: Lauren Spencer Smith - “That Part”

Best Collaboration

  • David Guetta & Bebe Rexha - “I'm Good (Blue)”
  • Post Malone & Doja Cat - “I Like You (A Happier Song)”
  • Diddy ft. Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, Yung Miami - “Gotta Move On”
  • KAROL G & Shakira - “TQG”
  • Metro Boomin ft. The Weeknd, 21 Savage, Diddy - “Creepin’ (Remix)”
  • Rema & Selena Gomez - “Calm Down”

Best Pop

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  • Demi Lovato - “Swine”
  • Dua Lipa - “Dance the Night”
  • Ed Sheeran - “Eyes Closed”
  • Miley Cyrus - “Flowers”
  • Olivia Rodrigo - “Vampire”
  • P!NK - “Trustfall”
  • Taylor Swift - “Anti-Hero”

Best Hip-Hop

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

Best Rock

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

Best Alternative

  • Blink-182 - “Edging”
  • Boygenius - “The Film”
  • Fall Out Boy - “Hold Me Like a Grudge”
  • Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste - “Candy Necklace”
  • Paramore - “This Is Why”
  • Thirty Seconds To Mars - “Stuck”

Best Latin

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  • Anitta - “Funk Rave”
  • Bad Bunny - “Where She Goes”
  • Eslabon Armado & Peso Pluma - “Ella Baila Sola”
  • Grupo Frontera & Bad Bunny - “un x100to”
  • Karol G & Shakira - “TQG”
  • Rosalía - “Despechá”
  • Shakira - “Acróstico”

Best R&B

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

Best K-Pop

  • Aespa - “Girls”
  • Blackpink - “Pink Venom”
  • Fiffty Fifty - “Cupid”
  • Seventeen - “Super”
  • Stray Kids - “S-Class”
  • Tomorrow X Together - “Sugar Rush Ride”

Best Afrobeats

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

Video for Good

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

Best Cinematography

  • Adele - “I Drink Wine”
  • Ed Sheeran - “Eyes Closed”
  • Janelle Monae - “Lipstick Lover”
  • Kendrick Lamar - “Count Me Out”
  • Miley Cyrus - “Flowers”
  • Olivia Rodrigo - “Vampire”
  • Taylor Swift - “Anti-Hero”

Best Direction

  • Doja Cat - “Attention”
  • Drake - “Falling Back”
  • Kendrick Lamar - “Count Me Out”
  • Megan Thee Stallion - “Her”
  • Sam Smith & Kim Petras - “Unholy”
  • SZA - “Kill Bill”
  • Taylor Swift - “Anti-Hero”

Best Art Direction

  • Boygenius - “The Film”
  • Blackpink - “Pink Venom”
  • Doja Cat - “Attention”
  • Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste - “Candy Necklace”
  • Megan Thee Stallion - “Her”
  • SZA - “Shirt”

Best Visual Effects

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  • Fall Out Boy - “Love From the Other Side”
  • Harry Styles - “Music for a Sushi Restaurant”
  • Melanie Martinez - “Void”
  • Nicki Minaj - “Super Freaky Girl”
  • Sam Smith & Kim Petras - “Unholy”
  • Taylor Swift - “Anti-Hero”

Best Choreography

  • Blackpink - “Pink Venom”
  • Dua Lipa - “Dance the Night”
  • Jonas Brothers - “Waffle House”
  • Megan Thee Stallion - “Her”
  • Panic! at the Disco - “Middle of a Breakup”
  • Sam Smith & Kim Petras - “Unholy”

Best Editing

  • Blackpink - “Pink Venom”
  • Kendrick Lamar - “Rich Spirit”
  • Miley Cyrus - “River”
  • Olivia Rodrigo - “Vampire”
  • SZA - “Kill Bill”
  • Taylor Swift - “Anti-Hero”

Additional sources • AP

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