Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow top MTV VMA nominees


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow are the top contenders with seven nominations for the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV announced Tuesday that Lil Nas X and Harlow earned multiple nominations for their collaborative hit “Industry Baby,” which is nominated for Video of the Year. Both artists along with Drake, Bad Bunny, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles and Lizzo will be competing for Artist of the Year.

Lamar, who is nominated for the first time since 2018, has two songs “Family Ties” and “N95” vying for Best Cinematography. The rapper was also nominated for best hip-hop, direction, visual effects, editing and video for good.

Styles and Doja Cat received the second most nominations with six. Sheeran, Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Tayler Swift and The Weeknd each shot five.

Madonna, who is the most awarded artist in MTV history with 20 wins, becomes the only artist to receive a nomination in each of the VMAs’ five decades. She got her 69th nomination for her 14th studio album “Madame X”.

The awards will feature 26 first-time nominees, including Baby Keem with four, as well as Kacey Musgraves, GAYLE and Måneskin – who each have two nominations.

The VMAs will take place on August 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Fan voting begins Tuesday in 22 categories at vote.mtv.com.