MTV's VMAs to honour coronavirus shutdown music

Ariana Grande accepts the award for Best Pop Video onstage during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards

BTS nominated in multiple categories for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards

Gaga and Grande released their first collaborative single in May - the house-influenced banger "Rain on Me" - as the second single from the former's sixth studio album Chromatica.

Pop stars Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga led a girl power list of nominations on Thursday for the MTV Video Music Awards, which added two new categories to reflect how musicians are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

R&B duo Chloe x Halle, who have successfully promoted their new album during the pandemic with impressive live performances mostly put on in their tennis court and outside their new home, are nominated for best quarantine performance for "Do It" from MTV's virtual prom "Prom-athon".

Responding to the news, Gaga said she is "so grateful and so blessed", adding on Instagram: "This is such a hard time for people all over the world, I really honour how lucky I am to have a day like today".

Ariana Grande bagged nine MTV Video Music Awards nominations.

Cue water like misery: EW has confirmed Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande canceled what would have been a surprise appearance this week at the queen-filled Drive 'N Drag tour's Los Angeles stop. Thank u for including me in this and to @MTV for the nominations. Rain on Me itself earned seven nominations, including Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Collaboration and Best Pop Song.

Elsewhere, Canadian singer The Weeknd and pop sensation Billie Eilish, who swept the big four categories at the Grammys this year, both secured a total of six nominations.

"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.

Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby - who both launched No. 1 pop hits this year - earned three nods each, including bids for artist of the year.

The best music video from home category includes Grande and Bieber's lockdown ballad Stuck With U and Drake's viral video for Toosie Slide, among others.

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.

The VMAs, to broadcast live on August 30 in the Barclays Center at Brooklyn, introduces two new classes representing the present pandemic occasions: greatest audio video from house and greatest quarantine functionality.

NY governor Andrew Cuomo previously said the ceremony "will follow all safety guidance, including limited or no audience".

Fans can cast their votes for the show's categories on the awards show website until August 23.

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