MTV VMAs Nominations: Cardi B Leads, Taylor Swift Snubbed

NEW YORK — The tides are turning in pop music: Taylor Swift is out and Cardi B is in. The relative newcomer, who released her debut album “Invasion of Privacy” in April, led the MTV Video Music Award nominations with 10 nods. Meanwhile, VMAs stalwart Taylor Swift was shut out from the awards’ major categories. 

MTV announced Monday that rapper and new mother Cardi B is the most nominated act at this year’s show, which returns to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20.

Five of Cardi B’s nominations are thanks to her collaboration with Bruno Mars on the upbeat anthem, “Finesse (Remix).” The song’s video, inspired by ’90s sketch comedy series “In Living Color,” will compete for video of the year along with Childish Gambino’s “This Is America,” Drake’s “God’s Plan,” Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “Apes(asterisk)(asterisk)t,” Camila Cabello’s “Havana” and Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry.”

Beyonce and Jay-Z — who recently released a collaborative album as The Carters — are nominated for eight awards with “Apes(asterisk)(asterisk)t,” which was filmed at the Louvre museum in Paris.

Gambino’s “This Is America,” which tackles racism and gun violence, earned him seven nominations. Drake, who gave away $1 million to Miami residents in his “God’s Plan” clip, also scored seven nods.

Mars, who has six nominations, is up for artist of the year alongside Cardi B, Drake, Post Malone, Cabello and Grande.

Swift did nab three nominations for technical awards: Her No. 1 hit, “Look What You Made Me Do,” is up for best art direction, best visual effects and best editing.

It wasn’t enough for her fans, who were enraged by the snub. They pointed out that “Look What You Made Me Do” broke the record for most YouTube global streams in 24 hours — 43.2 million views. 

“911 what’s your emergency?”

“Hello officer I would like to file a missing person report. We are searching for Taylor Swift’s VMA nomination for Video Of The Year.”

— Rep Tour Dublin 𝔯𝔢𝔭𝔲𝔱𝔞𝔱𝔦𝔬𝔫 Fan account since 2010 (@Swiftness13) July 16, 2018

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