Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards nominations

The Video Music Awards goes to….

On Thursday (July 30), MTV announced the long list of nominees for this year’s Video Music Awards. Leading the pack with the most nominations are (to no one’s surprise) Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. The two pop stars earned nine nominations each for their club-thumping track “Rain on Me.”

Coming in, right behind the two singers are Billie Eilish and The Weeknd, who earned six nominations apiece.

This year finds the awards ceremony introducing not one, but two new categories to the tried-and-true models. This year voters will see the categories for “Best Music Video from Home” and “Best Quarantine Performance” added to the list.

From now until Aug. 23, fans can vote on every single category, including the new additions on the VMA’s official website. The only group that will still accept votes until the night of the awards show is the “Best New Artist Category,” which includes Doja Cat, Jack Harlow, Lewis Capaldi, Roddy Ricch, Tate McRae, and Yungblud as nominees.

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Centers on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 8  p.m. ET.

The full list of nominees can be found below:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”

Eminem ft. Juice WRLD – “Godzilla”

Future ft. Drake – “Life Is Good”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

Taylor Swift – “The Man”

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

DaBaby

Justin Bieber

Lady Gaga

Megan Thee Stallion

Post Malone

The Weeknd

SONG OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”

Doja Cat – “Say So”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”

Post Malone – “Circles”

Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

BEST COLLABORATION

Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U”

Black Eyed Peas ft. J Balvin – “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”

Ed Sheeran ft. Khalid – “Beautiful People”

Future ft. Drake – “Life Is Good”

Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

PUSH BEST NEW ARTIST, Presented by Chime Banking

Doja Cat

Jack Harlow

Lewis Capaldi

Roddy Ricch

Tate McRae

Yungblud

BEST POP

BTS – “On”

Halsey – “You Should Be Sad”

Jonas Brothers – “What a Man Gotta Do”

Justin Bieber ft. Quavo – “Intentions”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

Taylor Swift – “Lover”

BEST HIP-HOP

DaBaby – “Bop”

Eminem ft. Juice WRLD – “Godzilla”

Future ft. Drake – “Life Is Good”

Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”

Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room”

BEST ROCK

Blink-182 – “Happy Days”

Coldplay – “Orphans”

Evanescence – “Wasted On You”

Fall Out Boy ft. Wyclef Jean – “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)”

Green Day – “Oh Yeah!”

The Killers – “Caution”

BEST ALTERNATIVE

The 1975 – “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)”

All Time Low – “Some Kind Of Disaster”

Finneas – “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night”

Lana Del Rey – “Doin’ Time”

Machine Gun Kelly – “Bloody Valentine”

Twenty One Pilots – “Level of Concern”

BEST LATIN

Anuel AA ft. Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G & J Balvin – “China”

Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”

Black Eyed Peas ft. Ozuna & J. Rey Soul – “Mamacita”

J Balvin – “Amarillo”

Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”

Maluma ft. J Balvin – “Qué Pena”

BEST R&B

Alicia Keys – “Underdog”

Chloe x Halle – “Do It”

H.E.R. ft. YG – “Slide”

Khalid ft. Summer Walker – “Eleven”

Lizzo – “Cuz I Love You”

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

BEST K-POP

(G)I-DLE – “Oh My God”

BTS – “On”

EXO – “Obsession”

Monsta X – “Someone’s Someone”

Tomorrow X Together – “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)”

Red Velvet – “Psycho”

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Anderson .Paak – “Lockdown”

Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell”

Demi Lovato – “I Love Me”

H.E.R. -” I Can’t Breathe”

Lil Baby – “The Bigger Picture”

Taylor Swift – “The Man”

BEST MUSIC VIDEO FROM HOME

5 Seconds of Summer – “Wildflower”

Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U”

Blink-182 – “Happy Days”

Drake – “Toosie Slide”

John Legend – “Bigger Love”

Twenty One Pilots – “Level of Concern”

BEST QUARANTINE PERFORMANCE

Chloe & Halle – “Do It” from MTV’s Prom-athon

CNCO – Unplugged at Home

DJ D-Nice – Club MTV presents #DanceTogether

John Legend – #togetherathome Concert Series

Lady Gaga – “Smile” from One World: Together at Home

Post Malone – Nirvana Tribute

BEST DIRECTION

Billie Eilish – “Xanny” – Directed by Billie Eilish

Doja Cat – “Say So” – Directed by Hannah Lux Davis

Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now” – Directed by Nabil

Harry Styles – “Adore You” – Directed by Dave Meyers

Taylor Swift – “The Man” – Directed by Taylor Swift

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – Directed by Anton Tammi

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

5 Seconds of Summer – “Old Me” – Cinematography by Kieran Fowler

Camila Cabello ft. DaBaby – “My Oh My” – Cinematography by Dave Meyers

Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” – Cinematography by Christopher Probst

Katy Perry – “Harleys In Hawaii” – Cinematography by Arnau Valls

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Cinematography by Thomas Kloss

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – Cinematography by Oliver Millar

BEST ART DIRECTION

A$AP Rocky – “Babushka Boi” – Art Direction by A$AP Rocky & Nadia Lee Cohen

Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Art Direction by Anna Colomé Nogu ́

Harry Styles – “Adore You” – Art Direction by Laura Ellis Cricks

Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” – Art Direction by Christian Stone

Selena Gomez – “Boyfriend” – Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter

Taylor Swift – “Lover” – Art Direction by Ethan Tobman

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” – Visual Effects by Drive Studios

Demi Lovato – “I Love Me” – Visual Effects by Hoody FX

Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Visual Effects by EIGHTY4

Harry Styles – “Adore You” – Visual Effects by Mathematic

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios

Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room” – Visual Effects by ARTJAIL, SCISSOR FILMS & FRENDER

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

BTS – “On” – Choreography by Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun, Lee Byung Eun

CNCO & Natti Natasha – “Honey Boo” – Choreography by Kyle Hanagami

DaBaby – “Bop” – Choreography by Dani Leigh and Cherry

Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Choreography by Charm La’Donna

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Choreography by Richy Jackson

Normani – “Motivation” – Choreography by Sean Bankhead

BEST EDITING

Halsey – “Graveyard” – Edited by Emilie Aubry, Janne Vartia & Tim Montana

James Blake – “Can’t Believe the Way We Flow” – Edited by Frank Lebon

Lizzo – “Good As Hell” – Edited by Russell Santos & Sofia Kerpan

Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” – Edited by Alexandre Moors, Nuno Xico

Rosalía – “A Palé” – Edited by Andre Jones

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – Edited by Janne Vartia & Tim Montana

Bastille returns with their hypnotic new song ‘What You Gonna Do?’

Bastille has a brand new song, and it looks like the band is beyond stoked to share it with their fans.

On Thursday (July 30), the British four-piece released their first new song in over a year.

Titled “What You Gonna Do?,” the barely two-and-a-half-minute tune finds Bastille doing what they do best; giving us a catchy bop that we would kill to hear at a summertime music festival (we can dream, right?).

Blur’s Graham Coxon plays guitar and provides vocals on the new tune while Smith and Mark Crew produced it.

Watch the hypnotic music video for “What You Gonna Do?” which was created by London-based animator Rezza above.

“What You Gonna Do?” marks Bastille’s first new song since the release of their third studio album, Doom Days, in 2019.

“We finished the song, and it felt urgent. We didn’t want to sit on it,” frontman Dan Smith reveals about the surprise new track.

Not only were the band members excited to release the new tune, but it also looks like it’s the launching pad for their brand new era (and fourth studio album, we imagine).

“This next phase feels like a new beginning. It’s about completely tearing up our process, being spontaneous, and starting again.”

Smith also reveals that the group has more tunes up their sleeves and that they plan on releasing it little by little instead of waiting to drop a full, new album.

“We’re just really excited by the new songs. I think we’re making some of the best music we’ve ever made. We want to put it out there now and not wait for the whole album to be done before anyone starts to hear it. This is about where we are now and hearing us in real-time.”

Marilyn Manson announces September release date for ‘We Are Chaos,’ debuts lead single

Surprise (or maybe not)! Marilyn Manson has a new record heading our way later this year.

On Wednesday (July 29), the shock rocker unveiled that he will be releasing a brand new collection of tunes in the fall.

Titled We are Chaos, the forthcoming release is due out September 11 through Loma Vista Recordings. The 10-track effort was produced by Manson and Shooter Jennings.

In a lengthy press statement, Manson reflects on the album, even giving some insight on his perception of the new tracks and the story behind them.

“When I listen to WE ARE CHAOS now, it seems like just yesterday or as if the world repeated itself, as it always does, making the title track and the stories seem as if we wrote them today,” the musician writes.

He continues: “This was recorded to its completion without anyone hearing it until it was finished. There is most definitely a side A and side B in the traditional sense. But just like an LP, it is a flat circle, and it’s up to the listener to put the last piece of the puzzle into the picture of songs.

This concept album is the mirror Shooter and I built for the listener—it’s the one we won’t stare into. There are so many rooms, closets, safes, and drawers. But in the soul or your museum of memories, the worst are always the mirrors. Shards and slivers of ghosts haunted my hands when I wrote most of these lyrics.

Making this record, I had to think to myself: ‘Tame your crazy, stitch your suit. And try to pretend that you are not an animal,’ but I knew that mankind is the worst of them all. Making mercy is like making murder. Tears are the human body’s largest export.”

Deep.

To coincide with the new album announcement, Manson debuted its first single and title track, “We are Chaos.” Watch the Matt Mahurin-directed (photographed and edited) video above.

We are Chaos is the follow-up to 2017’s Heaven Upside Down. Pre-orders are available on Manson’s website.

The complete tracklisting for We are Chaos can be found below.

We are Chaos tracklisting:

01. “Red Black and Blue”
02. “We are Chaos”
03. “Don’t Chase the Dead”
04. “Paint You with My Love”
05. “Half-way & One Step Forward”
06. “Infinite Darkness”
07. “Perfume”
08. “Keep My Head Together”
09. “Solve Coagula”
10. “Broken Needle”

Katy Perry pushes release date for ‘Smile’ by two weeks

If you thought Katy’ Perry’s new album was going to make you “smile” during these not-so-summery summer days, we have some bad news for you.

On Tuesday (July 28), the pop star announced that her upcoming fifth studio record has been pushed back a few weeks back. Instead of seeing a release date of early August, Smile (also referred to as #KP5) will be released on August 28.

“Welp. I hate to throw this bad news at you like a pie in the face…but if there’s anything 2020 taught me, it’s to not get too attached to plans and be malleable,” Perry writes in a letter to fans.

“Due to unavoidable production delays, my album SMILE will now be released two weeks later on August 28 ☹”

But there’s good news. While Katycats will have to wait two full weeks for new music, Perry has unveiled plans to stay connected with her fans (until her Babycat is born) by way of Smile Sundays.

According to the singer, every Sunday, she will go live via social media for half an hour to discuss all things Smile. These Smile Sundays will include snippets of new tunes, new merchandise, and behind-the-scenes information about the record, and who knows, maybe her actor fiance may stop along for the ride.

Smile is the long-awaited follow-up to Perry’s lukewarmly received 2017 release Witness. Previously released tracks “Daisies,” “Harleys in Hawaii,” “Never Really Over,” and current single “Smile” are all featured on the forthcoming release.

Small Talk” and “Never Won White” will be featured on the album’s fan edition version as bonus tracks.

Lady Gaga and BLACKPINK gives us ‘Sour Candy’ on their new track

Ready to take a break from all the doom and gloom and put your dancing shoes on?

Well…it looks like Lady Gaga’s new album is going to choke-full of upbeat dancey tunes, much like her first few albums. (We’re paraphrasing what she had said in past interviews.)

On Thursday (May 28), the single unleashed another new song just a few hours ahead of her much-anticipated new album’s release.

Titled “Sour Candy,” the two-and-a-half-minutes finds Gaga joining forces with K-Pop sensation BLACKPINK.

Listen to “Sour Candy” above.

“Sour Candy” joins previously released tracks “Rain on Me” and “Stupid Love” on Lady Gaga’s upcoming sixth studio album, Chromatica.

Chromatica is due out tomorrow, Friday, May 29.

Lady Gaga joins forces with Ariana Grande for ‘Rain on Me’

UPDATE (May 22: 1:55 PM EST):

A rain-centric dance party that looks straight out of an industrial night club in the 90s?

Yup.

Check out Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s music video for “Rain on Me” above.

ORIGINAL (May 22, 9:36 AM EST):

What happens when two of pop music’s biggest stars join forces on a new song? You get one depression-busting, night-club-banging hit.

On Friday (May 22) Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande unveiled their long awaited collaboration. Titled “Rain on Me,” the three-minute track has all the making of a soon-to-be Top 20 hit that will having you dancing in your living rooms (whether you like it or not).

Like “Stupid Love,” “Rain on Me” sounds like a refined version of Gaga’s earlier albums with its dancey beats and catchy lyrics.

Listen to “Rain on Me” above.

Last week, the duo announced the released of their collaboration by unveiling the single’s album art. The cover art featured Gaga dressed up like her Chromatica character while Grande was sporting a Chromatica version of her normal outfits.

As per Gaga, the official music video for “Rain on Me” is due out later today.

“Rain on Me” will join “Stupid Love” on Lady Gaga’s upcoming sixth studio album, Chromatica. Chromatica is due out next Friday, May 29.

Neon Trees announce the release of their fourth studio album, share new single

It’s been months since Neon Trees gave fans a brand new song, but things are about to change.

On Wednesday (May 20), the Utah-founded band released a new track titled “New Best Friend.” Much like the lyric video for their not-a-comeback, comeback song “Used to Like,” the three-and-a-half-minute clip features a red, purple, and blue color scheme as the lyrics play across the screen in white.

Listen to “New Best Friend” above.

“New Best Friend” will join previously released single “Used to Like” on the quartet’s recently announced fourth studio album, I Can Feel You Forgetting Me.

The band made the formal announcement on social media by posting a simple message that reads, “Our new album. I Can Feel You Forgetting Me. June 26th” on Twitter.

Accompanying the message was a short clip that features frontman Tyler Glenn explaining what “ghosting culture” is as static plays on the screen. As his voice begins to warble, people dressed as sheet ghosts (like in the “Used to Like” music video) appear in different locations.

It looks like ghosting will play a significant role in the band’s upcoming era.

I Can Feel You Forgetting Me is the long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s Pop Psychology. The record is due out June 26.

I Can Feel You Forgetting Me is Neon Trees’ first studio album since going on, and returning from, their hiatus following the release of Pop Psychology.

While no full studio albums were released during that time, they did get back together to release two non-album singles; “Songs I Can’t Listen To” in 2015 and “Feel Good” in 2017.

Katy Perry heads into the wild in ‘Daisies’

When she not dressing up as a roll of toilet paper or as Dumbo (watch this, and you’ll understand) or sitting on the judge’s panel on “American Idol,” Katy Perry can sometimes be found making pop music.

After releasing some new songs here and there over the last couple of years, it looks like Perry is finally ready to unleash her long-awaited musical baby (she’s expecting her first child with fiance Orlando Bloom this summer).

On Friday (May 15), the California gurl debuted the first single off her sixth studio album on Zane Lowe’s New Music Daily show. During the chat, Perry revealed that “Daisies” was written during a particularly dark time around the release of her last studio album, Witness.

“I wrote this song just like it’s another anthem for myself. I came out of a pretty dark time on [2017’s] Witness, and I’ve been writing a record for two years,” she tells the radio host.

“I wrote some of it while I was clinically depressed and trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel. And when I’m writing songs like ‘Firework’ or ‘Roar,’ it’s not because I’m feeling hunky-dory. It’s literally because I am having really dark thoughts and trying to come out of it.”

What came out of that time was a track which she named “Daisies.”

To coincide with the audio’s release, Perry unveiled the song’s accompanying music video. The almost-three-minute clip features Perry in what appears to be a flower field at first dressed in a flowing white outfit. The location changes to a rock formation where she strips, revealing her very pregnant belly as she bathes in the rock formation’s waterfall.

Watch the music video for “Daisies” above.

“Daisies” is the first official single off Perry’s yet-to-be-titled sixth studio album. Over the last couple of years, she’s released several standalone singles, including “Never Worn White,” “Harley in Hawaii,” “Small Talk,” “Never Really Over,” and “365.”

While we don’t know its title or if the previously released singles will find a home on the forthcoming record, Perry has confirmed that her new set of tunes is due out Aug. 14 through Capitol Records.

The Pretty Reckless return with ‘Death By Rock and Roll’

The Pretty Reckless is back with a brand new song, just in time to jumpstart the weekend.

On Friday (May 15), the New York-found act unleashed their first new track in almost four years.

Dubbed “Death By Rock and Roll,” the new jam is just that; four minutes of hard-rocking instruments and frontwoman Taylor Momsen’s grainy voice making the listener miss the days of being in a mosh pit, sticking up their devil horns.

“In a lot of ways, this new album feels like a rebirth and our first single, ‘Death by Rock And Roll,’ represents that salvation that my favorite music brings me,” Momsen said in a press statement.

“Rock is freedom, and this song is about living life the way you want, and now that belongs to everyone who listens.”

Listen to “Death By Rock and Roll” above.

“Death By Rock and Roll” is the band’s first taste of new music since 2016’s Who You Selling For.

Back in February, Momsen revealed that the band’s new album was almost finished and would feature some “can’t miss” collaborations.

Earlier this month, the group revealed that they had joined the Fearless Records family.

We joined the Fearless Records Family! Get ready for what’s next,” the group tweeted.

While the band has spoken about their fourth studio album, they have yet to reveal its name or when it’s expected to be released.