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The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards was held on August 26, 2019, at the Prudential Center in Newark, being the first VMA ceremony to be held in New Jersey.[1][2] Sebastian Maniscalco hosted the 36th annual ceremony.[3] Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Billie Eilish were the most awarded with three each. Missy Elliott became the first female rapper to win the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.[4] The show was broadcast on a variety of Viacom-owned networks, as well as their respective websites, and apps through TV Everywhere authentication.[5]

2019 MTV Video Music Awards
DateAugust 26, 2019 (2019-08-26)
VenuePrudential Center
(Newark, New Jersey)
CountryUnited States
Hosted bySebastian Maniscalco
Most awards
Most nominations
  • Ariana Grande
  • Taylor Swift (12 each)
Television/radio coverage



A variety of presenters appeared at the pre-show and main ceremony.[8]


Main showEdit

Winners and nomineesEdit

The nominees for most categories were revealed on July 23, 2019. Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift had the most nominations with ten followed by Billie Eilish with nine and Lil Nas X received eight while two new categories were included: Best K-Pop and Video for Good (previously "Video with a Message").[9] On August 19, three more categories were announced: Best Group, Best Power Anthem, and Song of Summer.[10] The new categories increased the nominations for Grande and Swift to twelve each, Eilish to ten, and Lil Nas X to nine. Winners are listed first and highlighted in Bold.[11][12]

Video of the YearEdit

Taylor Swift — "You Need to Calm Down"

Artist of the YearEdit

Ariana Grande

Song of the YearEdit

Lil Nas X (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) — "Old Town Road (Remix)"

Best GroupEdit


Best New ArtistEdit

Billie Eilish

Best CollaborationEdit

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – "Señorita"

Push Artist of the YearEdit

Billie Eilish

Best PopEdit

Jonas Brothers — "Sucker"

Best Hip HopEdit

Cardi B — "Money"

Best R&BEdit

Normani (featuring 6lack) – "Waves"

Best K-PopEdit

BTS (featuring Halsey) – "Boy with Luv"

Best LatinEdit

Rosalía and J Balvin (featuring El Guincho) – "Con altura"

Best DanceEdit

The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha – "Call You Mine"

Best RockEdit

Panic! at the Disco — "High Hopes"

Video for GoodEdit

Taylor Swift — "You Need to Calm Down"

Best DirectionEdit

Lil Nas X (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) — "Old Town Road (Remix)" (Director: Calmatic)

Best Visual EffectsEdit

Taylor Swift (featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco) – "Me!" (Visual Effects: Loris Paillier and Lucas Salton for BUF VFX)

Best EditingEdit

Billie Eilish — "Bad Guy" (Editor: Billie Eilish)

Best Art DirectionEdit

Ariana Grande – "7 Rings" (Art Director: John Richoux)

Best ChoreographyEdit

Rosalía and J Balvin (featuring El Guincho) – "Con altura" (Choreographer: Charm La’Donna)

Best CinematographyEdit

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – "Señorita" (Director of Photography: Scott Cunningham)

Best Power AnthemEdit

Megan Thee Stallion (featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla Sign) — "Hot Girl Summer"

Song of SummerEdit

Ariana Grande and Social House — "Boyfriend"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard AwardEdit

Missy Elliott[13]

MTV Fashion Trailblazer AwardEdit

Marc Jacobs


  1. ^ Roth, Madeline (April 29, 2019). "The 2019 VMAs Will Go Where The Show Has Never Gone Before". MTV News. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  2. ^ Spangler, Todd (April 29, 2019). "2019 MTV VMAs Sets Date for New Jersey, Will Feature Twitter Fan-Voted Live Camera Feeds". Variety. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Clark, Anne Victoria (June 26, 2019). "Sebastian Maniscalco Is Hosting the 2019 MTV VMAs". New York. Yes, on Tuesday night's episode of The Tonight Show, it was announced that Maniscalco has been selected to host the 2019 MTV VMAs.
  4. ^ "VMAs 2019: See the complete list of winners". CNN. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  5. ^ Hipes, Patrick (August 26, 2019). "How to Watch MTV's VMAs Tonight on TV and Online". Deadline Hollywood. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  6. ^ Roth, Madeline. "The VMAs Just Got A Lot Juicier: Camila, Shawn, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, And More Will Perform". MTV News. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  7. ^ "We're Not Done Yet: Big Sean Featuring A$AP Ferg, H.E.R., Normani, And Ozuna Will Perform At The VMAs". MTV.
  8. ^ Schaffstall, Katherine (August 20, 2019). "John Travolta, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lenny Kravitz and More to Present at MTV Video Music Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ariana Grande & Taylor Swift Lead 2019 MTV VMA Nominations: See Full List". Billboard. July 23, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  10. ^ Lynch, Joe (August 19, 2019). "2019 VMAs Reveal Three New Fan-Voted Categories, Pre-Show Performers: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  11. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (August 26, 2019). "MTV Video Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers, Cardi B Among Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  12. ^ Warner, Denise (August 26, 2019). "Here Are All the Winners from the 2019 MTV VMAs". Billboard. United States. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  13. ^ Roth, Madeline (August 12, 2019). "Missy Elliott, Culture-Shifting Visionary, Is Your 2019 VMA Video Vanguard". MTV News. Retrieved August 12, 2019.

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