The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards are airing live from New York City on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET

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On Sunday, the biggest names in music gathered in New York City for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.

This year, Justin Bieber and Megan Thee Stallion are the top nominees with seven and six nods, respectively. They are followed closely behind by Billie EilishBTS, Doja Cat, DrakeLil Nas X, Giveon and Olivia Rodrigo who all earned five nods each.

Among the contenders for video of the year — the top prize of the night — are Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP," DJ Khaled and Drake's "POPSTAR" featuring Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and SZA's "Kiss Me More," Ed Sheeran's "Bad Habits," Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" and The Weeknd's "Save Your Tears."

As for the artist of the year category, Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, Taylor Swift, Rodrigo, Bieber and Megan Thee Stallion are up for the award.

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See the list of winners below, which will be updated throughout the night.

VMA winners
Olivia Rodrigo; Justin Bieber; Billie Eilish
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VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion — "WAP"

DJ Khaled ft. Drake — "POPSTAR" (Starring Justin Bieber)

Doja Cat ft. SZA — "Kiss Me More"

Ed Sheeran — "Bad Habits"

Lil Nas X — "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)"

The Weeknd — "Save Your Tears"

Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X
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ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Doja Cat

Justin Bieber

Megan Thee Stallion

Olivia Rodrigo

SONG OF THE YEAR 

24kGoldn ft. iann dior — "Mood"

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic — "Leave The Door Open"

BTS — "Dynamite"

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion — "WAP"

Dua Lipa — "Levitating"

Olivia Rodrigo — "drivers license"

BEST NEW ARTIST

24kGoldn

Giveon

The Kid LAROI

Olivia Rodrigo

Polo G

Saweetie 

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Blackpink

BTS

CNCO

Foo Fighters

Jonas Brothers

Maroon 5

Silk Sonic

Twenty One Pilots

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

September 2020: Wallows — "Are You Bored Yet?"

October 2020: Ashnikko — "Daisy"

November 2020: SAINt JHN — "Gorgeous"

December 2020: 24kGoldn — "Coco" 

January 2021: JC Stewart — "Break My Heart"

February 2021: Latto — "Sex Lies"

March 2021: Madison Beer — "Selfish"

April 2021: The Kid LAROI — "WITHOUT YOU"

May 2021: Olivia Rodrigo — "drivers license"

June 2021: girl in red — "Serotonin"  

July 2021: Fousheé — "my slime"

August 2021: jxdn — "Think About Me"

BEST COLLABORATION

24kGoldn ft. iann dior — "Mood"

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion — "WAP"

Doja Cat ft. SZA — "Kiss Me More"

Drake ft. Lil Durk — "Laugh Now Cry Later"

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon — "Peaches"

Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa — "Prisoner"

BEST POP

Ariana Grande — "positions"

Billie Eilish — "Therefore I Am"

BTS — "Butter"

Harry Styles — "Treat People With Kindness"

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon — "Peaches"

Olivia Rodrigo — "good 4 u"

Shawn Mendes — "Wonder"

Taylor Swift — "willow"

BEST HIP-HOP

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion — "WAP"

Drake ft. Lil Durk — "Laugh Now Cry Later"

Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion — "On Me (remix)"

Moneybagg Yo — "Said Sum"

Polo G — "RAPSTAR"

Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. — "FRANCHISE"

BEST ROCK

Evanescence — "Use My Voice"

Foo Fighters — "Shame Shame"

John Mayer — "Last Train Home"

The Killers — "My Own Soul's Warning"

Kings Of Leon — "The Bandit"

Lenny Kravitz — "Raise Vibration"

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Bleachers — "Stop Making This Hurt"

Glass Animals — "Heat Waves"

Imagine Dragons — "Follow You"

Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear — "my ex's best friend"

twenty one pilots — "Shy Away"

WILLOW ft. Travis Barker — "t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l"

BEST LATIN

Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez — "Dákiti"

Billie Eilish & ROSALÍA — "Lo Vas A Olvidar"

Black Eyed Peas and Shakira — "GIRL LIKE ME"

J. Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy — "UN DIA (ONE DAY)"

Karol G — "Bichota"

Maluma — "Hawái"

BEST R&B

Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid — "BROWN SKIN GIRL"

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic — "Leave the Door Open"

Chris Brown and Young Thug — "Go Crazy"

Giveon — "HEARTBREAK ANNIVERSARY"

H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown — "Come Through"

SZA — "Good Days"

BEST K-POP

(G)I-DLE — "DUMDi DUMDi"

BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez — "Ice Cream"

BTS — "Butter" – BIGHIT MUSIC Monsta X – "Gambler"

SEVENTEEN — "Ready to love"

TWICE — "Alcohol-Free"

VIDEO FOR GOOD 

Billie Eilish — "Your Power"

Demi Lovato — "Dancing With The Devil"

H.E.R. — "Fight For You"

Kane Brown — "Worldwide Beautiful"

Lil Nas X — "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)"

Pharrell Williams ft. JAY-Z — "Entrepreneur"

BEST DIRECTION

Billie Eilish — "Your Power" – Directed by: Billie Eilish 

DJ Khaled ft. Drake — "POPSTAR (Starring Justin Bieber)" – Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X 

Lil Nas X — "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)" – Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino 

Taylor Swift — "willow" – Directed by: Taylor Swift 

Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A — "Franchise" – Directed by: Travis Scott 

Tyler, The Creator — "LUMBERJACK" – Directed by: Wolf Haley

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid — "BROWN SKIN GIRL" — Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, MOHAMMAED ATTA AHMED, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant 

Billie Eilish — "Therefore I Am" — Cinematography by: Rob Witt 

Foo Fighters — "Shame Shame" — Cinematography by: Santiago Gonzalez 

Justin Bieber ft. Chance The Rapper — "Holy" — Cinematography by: Elias Talbot 

Lady Gaga — "911" — Cinematography by: Jeff Cronenweth 

Lorde — "Solar Power" — Cinematography by: Andrew Stroud

BEST ART DIRECTION

Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer — "ALREADY" — Art Direction by: Susan Linns, Gerard Santos 

Ed Sheeran — "Bad Habits" — Art Direction by: Alison Dominitz 

Lady Gaga — "911" — Art Direction by: Tom Foden, Peter Andrus 

Lil Nas X — "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)" — Art Direction by: John Richoux

Saweetie ft. Doja Cat — "Best Friend" — Art Direction by: Art Haynes 

Taylor Swift — "willow" — Art Direction by: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Bella Poarch — "Build A Bitch" — Visual Effects by: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina Vetrova 

Coldplay — "Higher Power" — Visual Effects by: Mathematic 

Doja Cat & The Weeknd — "You Right" — Visual Effects by: La Pac, Anthony Lestremau, Julien Missaire, Petr Shkolniy, Alexi Bailla, Micha Sher, Antoine Hache, Mikros MPC, Nicolas Huget, Guillaume Ho Tsong Fang, Benjamin Lenfant, Stephane Pivron, MPC Bangalore, Chanakya Chander, Raju Ganesh, David Rouxel 

Glass Animals — "Tangerine" — Visual Effects by: Ronan Fourreau

Lil Nas X — "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)" — Visual Effects by: Mathematic 

P!NK — "All I Know So Far" — Visual Effects by: Dave Meyers, Freenjoy Inc

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Ariana Grande — "34+35" — Choreography by: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson 

BTS — "Butter" — Choreography by: SON SUNG DEUK With BHM PERFORMANCE DIRECTING TEAM 

Ed Sheeran — "Bad Habits" — Choreography by: Natricia Bernard 

Foo Fighters — "Shame Shame" — Choreography by: Nina McNeely 

Harry Styles — "Treat People with Kindness" — Choreography by:Paul Roberts

Marshmello & Halsey — "Be Kind" — Choreography by: Dani Vitale

BEST EDITING

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic — "Leave the Door Open" — Editing by: Troy Charbonnet 

BTS — "Butter" — Editing by: Yong Seok Choi from Lumpens 

Drake — "What's Next" — Editing by: Noah Kendal 

Harry Styles — "Treat People With Kindness" —  Editing by: Claudia Wass

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon — "Peaches" —  Editing by: Mark Mayr, Vinnie Hobbs

Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa — "Prisoner"

The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards aired live from New York City on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET.