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News: Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande do battle as they Lead 2019 MTV Video Music Awards with 10 nominations each

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The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards has become a tug of war between Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift who are the top contenders with each bagging 10 nominations.

The 2019 VMAs will be hosted by Comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco Fan-voting begins on Tuesday at vma.mtv.com.

MTV made the announcement that Grande and Swift will lock horns in eight of the same categories, including video of the year. Swift’s gay pride anthem “You Need to Calm Down” and Grande’s breezy hit about her breakups “thank u, next” are nominated for the top prize alongside Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road,” 21 Savage and J. Cole’s “A Lot,” and Jonas Brothers’ “Sucker.”

Kudos for new comer, Lil Nas X, whose “Old Town Road” tied the record for most weeks at No. 1 with 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, earned eight nominations.

Eilish, 17, came in second with nine nominations, including artist of the year. Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Halsey and Jonas Brothers also made the list of this years tightly contested VMAs.

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.

And late rapper Nipsey Hussle, who posthumously won best male hip-hop artist and the Humanitarian Award at last month’s BET Awards, picked up a nomination for best hip hop for “Higher,” his song and video with DJ Khaled and John Legend.

Swift will drop her album, “Lover,” three days before the VMAs on Aug. 23, making it likely that she will attend and possibly perform at the show. Scooter Braun, who now owns Swift’s music catalog, will likely be in attendance, too: He manages top nominee Grande as well as Justin Bieber, who earned a nomination for best collaboration with Ed Sheeran for “I Don’t Care.”

The 2019 VMAs is set take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Aug. 26. Post Malone was surprisingly snubbed: He received zero nominations despite dominating on streaming services, radio and the Billboard charts in the last year.

Source ABC News
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