Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande scrap surprise performance at Rose Bowl drag show

Carla Harmon
August 2, 2020

The pop superstars collaborated on United Kingdom number one single Rain On Me, which is nominated in seven categories.

There'll be new categories at the 2020 MTV video music awards for live performances and music videos created at home during the pandemic.

"R&B duo Chloe x Halle, who've promoted their brand new album throughout the pandemic with remarkable live performances mainly put on within their own tennis court and out their new house, are nominated for optimal quarantine functionality for" Can It" out of MTV's virtual prom" Prom-athon".

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards nominations are out. Also nominated are I Love Me by Demi Lovato, All the Good Girls Go to Hell by Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift's The Man.

Grande made it to the top of the Billboard charts for his two singles Thank U, Next and 7 Rings in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Rain on Me itself earned seven nominations, including Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Collaboration and Best Pop Song.

Drake, Dua Lipa, J Balvin and Justin Bieber bin get four nominations each.

This year the VMAs will feature two new categories reflecting the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the music industry - best music video from home and best quarantine performance.

However, Grande and Eilish were overlooked in the coveted Artist of the Year race, which comprises Lady Gaga, Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone, Bieber, Canadian singer The Weeknd and American rapper DaBaby.

"BTS, Harry Styles, Roddy Ricch, Post Malone, Future, Karol G along with Doja Cat - that topped the charts this season along with her Dr. Luke-produced crush" Say So" - also got three nods each.

Other nominees for Best Pop include Halsey's "You Should Be Sad", Jonas Brothers' "What a Man Gotta Do", Justin Bieber's "Intentions" featuring Quavo, Lady Gaga's "Rain On Me" with Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift's "Lover".

MTV said last month that some VMA performances would take place at unspecified NY landmarks and that social distancing and limits on capacity would be enforced at the 19,000-seat indoor venue.

NY governor Andrew Cuomo previously said the ceremony "will follow all safety guidance, including limited or no audience". Starting Thursday through 23 August, fans can vote for VMA winners across 15 gender-neutral categories here.

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