Taylor Swift Leads 2023 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations with 8 Nods

Pop superstar Taylor Swift led the nominations for the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, earning 8 nods including top category Video of the Year for her hit song “Anti-Hero.”

Swift, a 10-time VMA winner, scored multiple nominations for both “Anti-Hero” and her short film “All Too Well.” Her nominations this year bring her career total to a record-extending 40 VMA nominations.

Taylor Swift’s Nominations

Here is the full list of Taylor Swift’s 2023 VMA nominations:

  • Video of the Year for “Anti-Hero”
  • Artist of the Year
  • Best Longform Video for “All Too Well”
  • Best Cinematography for “All Too Well”
  • Best Direction for “All Too Well”
  • Best Editing for “All Too Well”
  • Best Visual Effects for “All Too Well”
  • Best Choreography for “Anti-Hero”

Swift will face stiff competition in the Video of the Year category from fellow nominees Doja Cat, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo, and Jack Harlow.

More Leading Nominees

Behind Swift, R&B singer SZA earned the second-most nominations with 6. Both Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow picked up 4 nods each.

First-time VMA nominees who scored multiple nominations include K-pop group BLACKPINK, singer/songwriter Muni Long, rapper Latto, and country singer Kane Brown.

Here’s a look at the lead nominees in the major categories:

Video of the Year:

  • Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”
  • Doja Cat – “Woman”
  • Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”
  • Ed Sheeran – “Shivers”
  • Harry Styles – “As It Was“
  • Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY”
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “brutal”

Artist of the Year:

  • Bad Bunny
  • Drake
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Harry Styles
  • Jack Harlow
  • Lil Nas X
  • Lizzo
  • Taylor Swift

Song of the Year:

  • Adele – “Easy On Me”
  • Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”
  • Doja Cat – “Woman”
  • Elton John & Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)”
  • Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY”
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “traitor”

First-Time Nominees

In addition to recognizing established artists, the VMAs also highlight breakout acts. This year’s first-time VMA nominees include:

  • Latto (3 nominations)
  • BLACKPINK (3 nominations)
  • Baby Keem (2 nominations)
  • GAYLE (1 nomination)
  • Seventeen (1 nomination)

K-pop groups like BLACKPINK and Seventeen scoring their first VMA nods shows the growing US presence of Korean pop music. The Best Metaverse Performance category also highlights how artists are embracing new technologies and virtual spaces.

VMAs Return to New Jersey

After holding the 2021 VMAs in New York City, the awards show will return to New Jersey this year. The 2023 VMAs will broadcast live from Prudential Center in Newark on August 28.

This marks the 5th time the iconic music awards will emanate from the Garden State. Past VMAs held in NJ took place in 2019, 2013, 2005, and 2002.

VMAs Voting and Nomination Process

  • VMA nominees are determined by a voting body of global music industry professionals.
  • Fan voting will determine the winners in most categories.
  • Voting opened on MTV’s website when nominations were announced on July 26.
  • Voting in most categories closes on Friday, August 19, 2022.
  • Voting for Best New Artist remains open throughout the live broadcast.

Fans can vote up to 20 times per category, per day online at mtv.com/vma-vote. Voting is open to everyone 13 years and older in the US.

History of the VMAs

The MTV Video Music Awards launched in 1984 as a way to celebrate the art form of music videos. Some key moments in VMAs history:

  • 1984: Madonna delivers a show-stopping performance of “Like a Virgin” at the inaugural VMAs. This cemented her status as a provocative pop culture icon.
  • 2009: Taylor Swift wins Best Female Video for “You Belong with Me.” But Kanye West interrupts her speech, arguing Beyonce should have won. This led to one of the VMAs most infamous moments.
  • 2013: Miley Cyrus gives a controversial performance with Robin Thicke of “We Can’t Stop/Blurred Lines,” featuring twerking and lewd dancing.
  • 2016: Beyonce delivers a marathon 16-minute performance inspired by black empowerment and activism.

With unpredictable moments, buzzworthy performances, and bold fashion statements, the VMAs continue to be one of music’s most entertaining and influential awards shows.

Taylor Swift’s VMAs Legacy

With her 8 nominations this year, Taylor Swift continues to make history at the VMAs. She now has 40 career VMA nominations, the most of any artist.

Her first VMA nomination came in 2008 for Best New Artist, which she won. Since then, Swift has won numerous fan-voted Moonperson trophies for her iconic music videos over the years.

Some of Taylor Swift’s most memorable VMA moments include:

  • 2009 – Wins Best Female Video for “You Belong with Me,” but speech interrupted by Kanye West
  • 2015 – Debuts badass “Bad Blood” music video packed with celebrity cameos
  • 2019 – Opens show with performance of “You Need to Calm Down” and “Lover”
  • 2020 – Accepts awards for “The Man” and “exile” while in pandemic lockdown

Beyond the performances and wins, Swift’s VMAs fashion has evolved dramatically over the years. Her sundresses and princess gowns of the early years transitioned to edgy rock chick looks and now to glamorous designer outfits.

With her 8 new nominations in 2022, including Video of the Year, Taylor Swift looks to add even more VMAs wins and history to her incredible career.

Frequently Asked Questions about the 2023 VMA Nominations

Here are answers to some common questions about this year’s MTV Video Music Award nominees:

When and where are the 2023 VMAs?

The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, August 28, from Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Who are the top nominees this year?

Taylor Swift leads with 8 nominations including Video of the Year. SZA follows with 6 nods, while Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow, and Kendrick Lamar each have 5.

What categories are included in the VMAs?

Some of the main categories are Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop, Best Hip Hop, Best Rock, and Best Collaboration.

How can fans vote for their favorite artists?

Online voting is open at mtv.com/vma-vote in 15 gender-neutral categories until August 19, 2022. Fans can vote up to 20 times per category, per day.

Who votes to select the nominees?

A committee of global music industry professionals selects each year’s VMA nominees. Nominees are determined based on factors like sales, streaming, and overall pop culture impact.

How many VMAs has Taylor Swift won so far?

With her 2023 nominations, Taylor Swift has been nominated 40 times over her career so far. She has won 14 VMAs to date.

Who will perform at this year’s award show?

Performers will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to the live broadcast. Last year’s VMA performers included Olivia Rodrigo, Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X, Camila Cabello and more.

Where can I watch the award show if I don’t have cable?

The VMAs will be available to stream on services like Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, and FuboTV. There will also likely be streams on MTV.com and the MTV app.

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