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    Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X, Kendrick Lamar top MTV VMA nominees

    Jonathan Landrum Jr

    LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X and Kendrick Lamar are top contenders with seven nominations at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards.

    MTV announced on Tuesday that Lil Nas X and Harlow earned multiple nominations for their collaborative hit Industry Baby, which is nominated for video of the year. Both performers along with Drake, Bad Bunny, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles and Lizzo will compete for artist of the year.

    Lamar, who is nominated for the first time since 2018, has two songs family ties and N95 that will vie for best cinematography. The rapper was also nominated for best hip-hop, direction, visual effects, editing and video for good.

    Styles and Doja Cat received the second-most nominations with six. Sheeran, Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Tayler Swift and The Weeknd each pulled in five.

    Madonna, who is the most awarded artist in MTV history with 20 wins, becomes the only artist to receive a nomination in each of the VMAs five decades. She earned her 69th nomination for her 14th studio album Madame X.

    The awards will have 26 first-time nominees including Baby Keem with four along with Kacey Musgraves, GAYLE and Måneskin – who each have two nominations.

    The VMAs will take place August 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Fan-voting began on Tuesday across 22 categories at vote.mtv.com.

    ABOVE & BELOW: Jack Harlow; Lil Nas X; and Kendrick Lamar. PHOTOS: AP

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