MTV VMAs 2018: When is it, will Rita Ora and Nicki Minaj be performing and who are the nominees?

Georgia Chambers
Beyonce and Jay-Z, who released an album together as The Carters, received eight nominations: AP

The showiest, controversial and most star-studded music event of the year is back as the MTV VMA Awards take place on Monday night.

The awards show is a consistent headline-maker, from Britney snogging Madonna to Kanye West upstaging Taylor Swift, so it's anyone's guess as to what madness will go down this year.

But before I let you finish, here's everything you need to know about the VMAs 2018, including who's been snubbed in those all-important nominations...

When is the MTV VMAs and where can I watch it?

The MTV VMAs will take place on the 20th August, although viewers in the UK will have to stay up to catch the full show.

You can watch the VMAs from 8pm on the MTV channel.

Where is the 2018 VMAs?

This year's VMAs will be held in New York, where the first VMAs took place back in 1984.

New York City's mayor, Bill de Blasio, said: “This is where music, film and art collide and where the Video Music Awards was born.

"There is no better place to host the VMAs than in New York City at one of the most iconic venues in the world.”

Who is going to be performing?

The VMAs wouldn't be complete without some memorable performances (remember Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus circa 2013? yep, my eyes hurt just thinking about it, too)

Here's who's taking the stage this year:

Ariana Grande

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25-year old pop star Ariana Grande will be taking to the stage to perform new single, God is a Woman, from her new album, Sweetener.

Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj only dropped her new album, Queen, last week but there's no stopping her just yet.

We don't know which song she'll be performing yet, but let's hope it's Barbie Dreams - which calls out every rapper, including Drake, who she alleges has tried to sleep with her.

Shade thrown, indeed.

Rita Ora


It's been reported that Rita Ora will be performing Lonely Together to honour the late DJ Avicii, whom she recorded the song with.

Lonely Together served as Avicii's last song following his passing in April.

Shawn Mendes


Baby-faced guitar strummer Shawn Mendes is all grown up and it should be interesting to see if he can fill the coveted spot of centre stage.

Expect him to perform tracks from his new self-titled album.

Post Malone

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Post Malone has arguably been the breakout star of 2018, with hits such as rockstar and I Fall Apart storming to the top of the charts.

Let's hope he can top off a great year with a standout performance at the VMAs.

Travis Scott

New era: Travis Scott is reportedly set to become a father (Sam Wasson/Getty)

Travis Scott just dropped his album, Astroworld, and it has some major hype tracks on there with some fantastic features with everyone from Drake to Frank Ocean.

Here's hoping for some surprise guest appearances.

Jennifer Lopez


J-Lo is set to receive the biggest award of the night - the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

To celebrate her win, Jenny from the Block will be performing a medley of her greatest hits.

Logic and Ryan Tedder

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The breakthrough rapper will perform his new track, "One Day," with One Republic frontman, Ryan Tedder.

Who are the nominees?

Now for the part we've all been waiting for - here are the 2018 VMA nominees:

Video of the Year:

  • Ariana Grande - "No Tears Left to Cry"
  • Bruno Mars - "Finesse (Remix) [ft. Cardi B]
  • Camila Cabell- "Havana" [ft. Young Thug]
  • The Carters - "APES**T"
  • Childish Gambino - "This is America"
  • Drake - "God's Plan"

Artist of the Year:

  • Ariana Grande
  • Bruno Mars
  • Camila Cabello
  • Drake
  • Cardi B
  • Post Malone

Song of the Year:

  • Bruno Mars - "Finesse (Remix) [ft. Cardi B]
  • Camila Cabello - "Havana" [ft. Young Thug]
  • Drake - "God's Plan"
  • Dua Lipa "New Rules"
  • Ed Sheeran "Perfect"
  • Post Malone - "rockstar" [ft. 21 Savage]

Best New Artist:

  • Bazzi
  • Cardi B
  • Chloe x Halle
  • Hayley Kiyoko
  • Lil Pump
  • Lil Uzi Vert
Tour: Cardi B had been due to join Bruno Mars on the last leg of dates (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)

Best Collaboration:

  • Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line - "Meant to Be"
  • Bruno Mars - "Finesse (Remix" [ft. Cardi B]
  • The Carters - "APES**T"
  • Jennifer Lopez "Dinero" [ft. DJ Khaled and Cardi B]
  • Logic - "1-800-273-8255" [ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid]
  • N.E.R.D - "Lemon" [ft. Rihanna]

Best Pop Video:

  • Ariana Grande - "No Tears Left to Cry"
  • Camila Cabello- "Havana" [ft. Young Thug]
  • Demi Lovato- "Sorry Not Sorry"
  • Ed Sheeran - "Perfect"
  • P!nk - "What About Us"
  • Shawn Mendes - "In My Blood"

Best Hip-Hop Video:

  • Cardi B - "Bartier Cardi" [ft. 21 Savage]
  • The Carters - "APES**T"
  • Drake - "God's Plan"
  • J. Cole - "ATM"
  • Migos- "Walk It Talk It" [ft. Drake]
  • Nicki Minaj- "Chun Li"

Best Dance Video:

  • Avicii- "Lonely Together" [ft. Rita Ora]
  • Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa - "One Kiss"
  • The Chainsmokers "Everybody Hates Me"
  • David Guetta and Sia "Flames"
  • Marshmello - "Silence" [ft. Khalid]
  • Zedd and Liam Payne - "Get Low (Street Video)"
Singer Dua Lipa, pictured performing ahead of the UEFA Champions League final, made the list (Getty Images)

Best Latin Video:

  • Daddy Yankee - "Dura"
  • J Balvin - "Mi Gente" [ft. Willy William]
  • Jennifer Lopez - "Dinero" [ft. DJ Khaled and Cardi B]
  • Luis Fonsi -“Échame La Culpa” [ft. Demi Lovato]
  • Maluma – “Felices los 4”
  • Shakira – “Chantaje” [ft. Maluma]

Best Rock Video:

  • Fall Out Boy – “Champion”
  • Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
  • Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
  • Linkin Park – “One More Light”
  • Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
  • Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water”

Video With a Message:

  • Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
  • Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – “Liberated”
  • Drake – “God’s Plan”
  • Janelle Monáe – “PYNK”
  • Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper”
  • Logic – “1-800-273-8255” [ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid]

Best Cinematography:

  • Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains”
  • Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
  • The Carters – “APES**T”
  • Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
  • Eminem – “River” [ft. Ed Sheeran]
  • Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”
Beyonce and Jay-Z, who released an album together as The Carters, received eight nominations (AP)

Best Direction:

  • The Carters – “APES**T”
  • Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
  • Drake – “God's Plan”
  • Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
  • Justin Timberlake – “Say Something” [ft. Chris Stapleton]
  • Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Best Art Direction:

  • The Carters -“APES**T”
  • Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
  • J. Cole – “ATM”
  • Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
  • SZA – “The Weekend”
  • Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Best Visual Effects:

  • Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
  • Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”
  • Eminem – “Walk On Water” [ft. Beyoncé]
  • Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars”
  • Maroon 5 – “Wait”
  • Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Best Choreography:

  • Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
  • Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
  • The Carters – “APES**T”
  • Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
  • Dua Lipa – “IDGAF”
  • Justin Timberlake – “Filthy”
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Best Editing:

  • Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
  • The Carters – “APES**T”
  • Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
  • Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
  • N.E.R.D – “Lemon” [ft. Rihanna]
  • Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Push Artist of the Year:

  • July 2018 – Chloe x Halle
  • June 2018 – Sigrid
  • May 2018 – Lil Xan
  • April 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko
  • March 2018 – Jessie Reyez
  • February 2018 – Tee Grizzley
  • January 2018 – Bishop Briggs
  • December 2017 – Grace VanderWaal
  • November 2017 – Why Don’t We
  • October 2017 – PRETTYMUCH
  • September 2017 – SZA
  • August 2017 – Kacy Hill
  • July 2017 – Khalid
  • June 2017 – Kyle
  • May 2017 – Noah Cyrus