MTV announced on Tuesday that Grande and Swift will compete in eight of the same categories, including video of the year. Grande’s breezy hit about her breakups “thank u, next” and Taylor Swift’s gay pride anthem “You Need to Calm Down” are the two songs amongst the others which are nominated for the top prize.
Comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco will host the 2019 VMAs. Fan-voting began on Tuesday at vma.mtv.com. The 2019 VMAs will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on August 26.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s Oscar- and Grammy-winning hit “Shallow” picked up two nominations: song of the year and best collaboration. Boy band BTS earned four nominations, including a bid in the new best K-pop category.