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The nominations for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, which will take place in New York City on Sunday, September 12, have been announced.

Justin Bieber is the most nominated person this year with seven nods, while rapper Megan Thee Stallion follows closely behind with six nominations.

Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo and Giveon each are tied with five nominations for an array of music videos, including “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Kiss Me More.”

Africa was not left out as Ghanaian dancehall artiste Shatta Wale bagged a nominated for ‘Best Art Direction’ for his appearance in Beyoncé’s “Already. Nigeria’s Wizkid also got a nomination in the categories of ‘Best Cinematography’ and ‘Best R&B’ for his feature on Beyonce‘s “Brown Skin Girl.”

The VMAs, which had been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the first time in seven years.

See the full list of nominations below:

Video of the Year

  • “WAP” – Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, Atlantic Records
  • “Popstar” – DJ Khaled ft. Drake (starring Justin Bieber) OVO / We The Best / Epic Records
  • “Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat ft. SZA, Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • “Bad Habits” – Ed Sheeran, Atlantic Records
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X, Columbia Records
  • “Save Your Tears” – The Weeknd, XO / Republic Records

Artist of the Year

  • Ariana Grande, Republic Records
  • Doja Cat, Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • Justin Bieber, Def Jam
  • Megan Thee Stallion, 300 Entertainment
  • Olivia Rodrigo, Geffen Records
  • Taylor Swift, Republic Records

Song of the Year

  • “Mood” – 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior, Records LLC / Columbia Records
  • “Leave the Door Open” – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records
  • “Dynamite” – BTS, Bighit Music
  • “WAP” – Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, Atlantic Records
  • “Levitating” – Dua Lipa, Warner Records
  • “Drivers License” – Olivia Rodrigo, Geffen Records

Best New Artist

  • 24kGoldn, Records LLC / Columbia Records
  • Giveon, Epic Records / Not So Fast
  • The Kid Laroi, Columbia Records
  • Olivia Rodrigo, Geffen Records
  • Polo G, Columbia Records
  • Saweetie, Warner Records

Push Performance of the Year

  • “Are You Bored Yet?” – Wallows, Atlantic Records
  • “Daisy” – Ashnikko, Warner Records
  • “Gorgeous” – Saint Jhn, Godd Complexx / HITCO
  • “Coco” – 24kGoldn, Records LLC / Columbia Records
  • “Break My Heart” – JC Stewart, Elektra Music Group
  • “Sex Lies” – Latto, RCA Records
  • “Selfish” – Madison Beer, Epic Records / Sing It Loud
  • “Without You” – The Kid Laroi, Columbia Records
  • “Drivers License” – Olivia Rodrigo, Geffen Records
  • “Serotonin” – Girl in Red, World in Red / AWAL
  • “My Slime” – Fousheé, RCA Records
  • “Think About Me” – Jxdn, DTA Records / Elektra Music Group

Best Collaboration

  • “Mood” – 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior, Records LLC / Columbia Records
  • “WAP” – Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, Atlantic Records
  • “Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat ft. SZA, Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • “Laugh Now Cry Later” – Drake ft. Lil Durk, OVO / Republic Records
  • “Peaches” – Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon, Def Jam
  • “Prisoner” – Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa, RCA Records

Best Pop

  • “Positions” – Ariana Grande, Republic Records
  • “Therefore I Am” – Billie Eilish, Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • “Butter” – BTS, Bighit Music
  • “Treat People With Kindness” – Harry Styles, Columbia Records
  • “Peaches” – Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon, Def Jam
  • “Good 4 U” – Olivia Rodrigo, Geffen Records
  • “Wonder” – Shawn Mendes, Island Records
  • “Willow” – Taylor Swift, Republic Records

Best Hip-Hop

  • “WAP” – Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, Atlantic Records
  • “Laugh Now Cry Later” – Drake ft. Lil Durk, OVO / Republic Records
  • “On Me (remix)” – Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion, Quality Control / Motown
  • “Said Sum” – Moneybagg Yo, N-Less Entertainment / Interscope Records
  • “Rapstar” – Polo G, Columbia Records
  • “Franchise” – Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A., Cactus Jack / Epic Records

Best Rock

  • “Use My Voice” – Evanescence, BMG
  • “Shame Shame” – Foo Fighters, Roswell Records / RCA Records
  • “Last Train Home” – John Mayer, Columbia Records
  • “My Own Soul’s Warning” – The Killers, Island
  • “The Bandit” – Kings Of Leon, RCA Records
  • “Raise Vibration” – Lenny Kravitz, Roxie Records / BMG

Best Alternative

  • “Stop Making This Hurt” – Bleachers, RCA Records
  • “Heat Waves” – Glass Animals, Republic Records
  • “Follow You” – Imagine Dragons, Kidinakorner / Interscope Records
  • “My Ex’s Best Friend” – Machine Gun Kelly ft. Blackbear, Bad Boy / Interscope Records
  • “Shy Away” – Twenty One Pilots, Fueled By Ramen
  • “Transparent Soul” – Willow ft. Travis Barker, MSFTSMusic / Roc Nation

Best Latin

  • “Dákiti” – Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez, The Orchard
  • “Lo Vas A Olvidar” – Billie Eilish & Rosalía, Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • “Girl Like Me” – Black Eyed Peas and Shakira, Epic Records
  • “Un Die (One Day)” – Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy, Universal Music Latino / Neon16
  • “Bichota” – Karol G, Universal Music Latino
  • “Hawái” – Maluma, Sony Music US Latin

Best R&B

  • “Brown Skin Girl” – Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Saint Jhn, WizKid, Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records
  • “Leave the Door Open” – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records
  • “Go Crazy” – Chris Brown and Young Thug, Chris Brown Entertainment/RCA Records
  • “Heartbreak Anniversary” – Giveon, Epic Records / Not So Fast
  • “Come Through” – H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown, MBK Entertainment / RCA Records
  • “Good Days” – SZA, Top Dawg Entertainment / RCA Records

Best K-pop

  • “Dumdi Dumdi” – G)I-DLE, Republic Records
  • “Ice Cream” – Blackpink and Selena Gomez, YG Entertainment / Interscope Records
  • “Butter” – BTS, Bighit Music
  • “Gambler” – Monsta X, Starship Entertainment
  • “Ready to love” – Seventeen, Pledis Entertainment
  • “Alcohol-Free” – Twice, JYP Entertainment Company

Video For Good

  • “Your Power” – Billie Eilish, Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • “Dancing With the Devil” – Demi Lovato, Island
  • “Fight For You” – H.E.R., MBK Entertainment / RCA Records
  • “Worldwide Beautiful” – Kane Brown, Sony Music Nashville / RCA Records
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X, Columbia Records
  • “Entrepreneur” – Pharrell Williams ft. Jay-Z, Columbia Records

Best Direction

  • “Your Power” – Billie Eilish, Directed by: Billie Eilish, Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • “Popstar (starring Justin Bieber)” – DJ Khaled ft. Drake, Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X, OVO / We The Best / Epic Records
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino, Columbia Records
  • “Willow” – Taylor Swift, Directed by: Taylor Swift, Republic Records
  • “Franchise” – Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A, Directed by: Travis Scott, Cactus Jack / Epic Records
  • “Lumberjack” – Tyler, The Creator, Directed by: Wolf Haley, Columbia Records

Best Cinematography

  • “Brown Skin Girl” – Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid, Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammaed Atta Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant, Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records
  • “Therefore I Am” – Billie Eilish, Cinematography by: Rob Witt, Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • “Shame Shame” – Foo Fighters, Cinematography by: Santiago Gonzalez, Roswell Records / RCA Records
  • “Holy” – Justin Bieber ft. Chance The Rapper, Cinematography by: Elias Talbot, RBMG / Def Jam
  • “911” – Lady Gaga, Cinematography by: Jeff Cronenweth, Interscope Records
  • “Solar Power” – Lorde, Cinematography by: Andrew Stroud, LAVA/Republic Records

Best Art Direction

  • “Already” – Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer, Art Direction by: Susan Linns, Gerard Santos, Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records
  • “Bad Habits” – Ed Sheeran, Art Direction by: Alison Dominitz, Atlantic Records
  • “911” – Lady Gaga, Art Direction by: Tom Foden, Peter Andrus, Interscope Records
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X, Art Direction by: John Richoux, Columbia Records
  • “Best Friend” – Saweetie ft. Doja Cat, Art Direction by: Art Haynes, Warner Records
  • “Willow” – Taylor Swift, Art Direction by: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez, Republic Records

Best Visual Effects

  • “Build a Bitch” – Bella Poarch, Visual Effects by: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina Vetrova, Warner Records
  • “Higher Power” – Coldplay, Visual Effects by: Mathematic, Atlantic Records
  • “You Right” – Doja Cat & The Weeknd, Visual Effects by: La Pac, Anthony Lestremau, Julien Missaire, Petr Shkolniy, Alexi Bailla, Micha Sher, Antoine Hache, Mikros MPC, Nicolas Huget, Guillaume Ho Tsong Fang, Benjamin Lenfant, Stephane Pivron, MPC Bangalore, Chanakya Chander, Raju Ganesh, David Rouxel, Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • “Tangerine” – Glass Animals, Visual Effects by: Ronan Fourreau, Republic Records
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X, Visual Effects by: Mathematic, Columbia Records
  • “All I Know So Far” – P!nk, Visual Effects by: BUF, VFX Supervisors: Dominique Vidal & Geoffrey Niquet, VFX Producers: Annabelle Zoellin & Camille Gibrat, RCA Records

Best Choreography

  • “34+35” – Ariana Grande, Choreography by: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson, Republic Records
  • “Butter” – BTS, Choreography by: Son Sung with BHM Performance Directing Team, Bighit Music
  • “Bad Habits” – Ed Sheeran, Choreography by: Natricia Bernard, Atlantic Records
  • “Shame Shame” – Foo Fighters, Choreography by: Nina McNeely, Roswell Records / RCA Records
  • “Treat People With Kindness” – Harry Styles, Columbia Records
  • “Be Kind” – Marshmello & Halsey, Choreography by: Dani Vitale, Astralwerks / Capitol Records

Best Editing

  • “Leave the Door Open” – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Editing by: Troy Charbonnet, Aftermath Entertainment/Atlantic Records
  • “Butter” – BTS, Editing by: Yong Seok Choi from Lumpens, Bighit Music
  • “What’s Next” – Drake, Editing by: Noah Kendal, OVO / Republic Records
  • “Treat People With Kindness” – Harry Styles, Columbia Records
  • “Peaches” – Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon, Def Jam
  • “Prisoner” – Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa, RCA Records
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Farruko Releases Powerfully Impacting Summer Anthem “Nazareno”

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As one of the music industry’s most prominent figures, Farruko, continues to create music that is relevant and impactful – something that is showcased with his latest song “Nazareno.” The song and its official video are available for streaming on all digital platforms today.

Throughout his remarkable and renowned musical career, the Puerto Rican urban music legend is once again proving that he is one of the most versatile artists of his generation by creating music that is not only in tune with current industry trends but also in line with his beliefs and positive messaging. His latest track, “Nazareno,” features Farruko’s signature style of using cutting edge rhythms and beats to produce something that will have everyone up off their seats and dancing throughout the summer. The lyrics of the song weave a story of someone who was being washed over by an external tide of undesired influences while longing for something better.

The video, which was directed by Mike Ho and produced by Cinema Giants, shows Farruko at a club surrounded by people who are in the throes of partying. The Puerto Rican rapper can be seen dressed in all white, a symbolic show of purity, while everyone around him is dressed in dark colors. The video was executive produced by Raul Celaya and Jessy Terrero.

“Wow. Nazareno. What a video. When me and Farruko spoke, we talked about doing something special for Nazareno. Something that would shock the world. Something that would touch people…but not the ones that are reachable. We wanted to reach the ones that the church doesn’t go for. This is going in and showing the TRUTH of what living in sin is to save the ones that need to be saved. That’s what Farruko wanted to do with this video.” comments Mike Ho.

In April, the critically acclaimed performer released his song “My Lova,” which focuses on the painful emptiness one feels when the most important person in one’s life is no longer around them and how walking that path can feel solitary. Since its release, the song has accrued over 3.36 million views on Youtube and over 3.29 million combined streams. Farruko first premiered the song on the Latin American Music Awards stage and later in the telecast joined an ensemble of over 30 artists including the Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna, Prince Royce and more for a special performance of “Where Is The Love” in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

At the beginning of 2022, the multi-award-winning singer-songwriter took the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with his song “El Incomprendido” featuring Victor Cardenas and DJ Adoni off of his LA 167 album. The song has garnered over 56.6 million YouTube views and over 118 million combined global streams.

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ELI DERBY and 6LACK Star in “Lately” Music Video

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PG County, Maryland artist Eli Derby has been joined by label mate and R&B savant 6lack on the official music video for track “Lately.” The song is off Eli’s current release, his debut EP Left on Read. Set in Los Angeles, CA the “Lately” music video is a stunning vignette of heartbreak and moody tension that matches the energy of the R&B earworm. Listen Here: https://eliderby.lnk.to/LeftOnRead

Hailing from PG County, Maryland and now based in Atlanta, GA, Eli Derby released his debut EP, Left On Read, last month. The five-track R&B project expertly showcases Eli’s prowess for addictive melodies and relatable songwriting. Eli wanted to reflect on the nature of how his generation of peers (Gen Z) often find solace on social media and yet struggle to actually communicate true feelings… leaving each other on “read.”

The 18 year old broke onto the scene last Fall with debut single “Gaslight.” The song received high acclaim from the likes of Complex, Billboard Uproxx, Okayplayer, VIBE (“…a catchy vibe”) — all praising the track as one of the week’s best R&B releases. Signed to LVRN (home to 6lack and Summer Walker and more), Eli has been busy gaining experience on the live arena performing sessions and sets across the DMV and South (watch his acoustic performance of “Gaslight” here) and ready to release more music in 2022 off the back of Left on Read.

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HEADIE ONE Drops New Single “22 Carats” Ft. French Rapper Gazo

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Today, Headie One releases a brand new track, “22 Carats,” available now across all DSPs. Get it HERE!

Featuring the French rapper Gazo, “22 Carats” is a collaboration years in the making, as Headie’s status as the UK break-out drill rapper reached France, Gazo was just starting out. Citing him as a huge influence on his rapping style, he reached out to Headie during the pandemic, with the pair finally getting together in a studio in Paris this year, resulting in the stone-cold drill track.

Gazo released his debut mixtape Drill FR in February 2021, topping the French album charts, giving him the much-deserved title The Prince Of French Drill.

“22 Carats” is produced by French producer Leo Eynard, with the video directed by Screetch.

Watch the video for “22 Carats” here

This latest track follows the recent release of Headie’s single Came In The Scene,” his first new music since Too Loyal For My Own Good in late 2021, marking a new chapter for The King Of Drill with more tracks to come from his recent travels in Europe very soon.

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Chris Brown congratulates Rihanna on her baby boy

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American singer, Chris Brown has reacted to the news about Rihanna welcoming a baby boy.

On Thursday, May, 19, 2022, TMZ reported that Rihanna and A$ap Rocky have welcomed a baby boy.

The Fenty Beauty founder reportedly welcomed her baby boy with the rapper on May, 13, 2022.

Reacting to the news in a post on his Instagram story, Breezy, who is the ex boyfriend of Rihanna, seemingly congratulated the couple on their baby.

“🙏🏾❤️ Congratulations 🫄🏻” he wrote.

Rihanna and Chris dated on and off from 2007 to 2013.

In February 2009, Rihanna obtained a restraining order against Chris after he physically assaulted her before the 2009 Grammy Awards. The two had been dating for almost two years at the time of the assault.

In February 2011, Rihanna agreed to drop the restraining order, and she and Chris reunited in 2012 only to split a year later in 2013.

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Rihanna and A$ap Rocky have welcomed a baby boy

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According to reports by TMZ, Rihanna and A$ap Rocky have welcomed a baby boy.

The Fenty Beauty founder welcomed her baby boy with the rapper on May, 13, 2022.

News of Rihanna’s pregnancy broke in late January after photos emerged of the singer, 34, proudly displaying her baby bump as she went for a stroll with Rocky, 33, in Harlem.

A month before the big reveal, Rihanna had sparked pregnancy rumors while dining at Carbone, with a source revealing she was “quite clearly drinking sparkling water and openly rubbing her baby bump.”

The love birds are also reported to have gotten engaged in a cute proposal captured in the latest music video from the rapper, “D.M.B.”

While Rihanna and A$ap Rocky have been friends for nearly a decade, they began sparking relationship rumors in late 2020.

They made their relationship public in 2021 and in early 2022, announced their pregnancy.

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Apple Inc has been sued by the family of a Texas child who allegedly suffered permanent hearing loss from an Amber Alert on the company’s AirPod wireless earbuds. (more…)

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