Taylor Swift Joins Kanye West, 19 Others On List Of Artists With Most VMA Noms For Video Of the Year

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Taylor Swift accepts the Video of the Year award for 'Bad Blood' onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Swift is one of only 21 artists in VMA history to amass three or more noms in this marquee category.

At the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 26, Taylor Swift will be competing for video of the year for the third time. That puts her on the leaderboard of artists with the most noms in that marquee category in the show's 36-year history. Nine artists are ahead of her, including one with whom she has much VMA history: Kanye West. Beyoncé and Eminem lead the pack with seven noms each.

Swift, who is set to perform on the show, is nominated this year for her LGBTQ-friendly anthem "You Need to Calm Down." She was nominated in 2013 for "I Knew You Were Trouble" and in 2015 for "Bad Blood," a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar.

Swift is one of only 21 artists in VMA history to amass three or more noms for video of the year. Here's the complete list, in ascending order of MTV-decreed awesomeness.


Aerosmith, 3. "Janie's Got a Gun" (1990), "Livin' on the Edge" (1993), "Cryin'" (1994)

Drake, 3. "Take Care" (with Rihanna, 2012), "Hotline Bling" (2016), "God's Plan" (2018)

Missy Elliott, 3. "Lady Marmalade" (with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and P!nk, 2001), "Get Ur Freak On" (2001), "Work It" (2003)

Lady Gaga, 3. "Poker Face" (2009), "Bad Romance" (2010), "Telephone" (with Beyoncé, 2010)

Dave Grohl, 3. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (as a member of Nirvana, 1992), "Heart-Shaped Box" (as a member of Nirvana, 1994), "Big Me" (as a member of Foo Fighters, 1996)

Michael Jackson, 3. "Thriller" (1984), "Leave Me Alone" (1989), "Scream" (with Janet Jackson, 1995)

Kendrick Lamar, 3. "Bad Blood" (with Swift, 2015), "Alright" (2015), "HUMBLE." (2017)

Red Hot Chili Peppers, 3 "Under the Bridge" (1992), "Californication" (2000), "Dani California" (2006)

R.E.M., 3. "Losing My Religion" (1991), "Man on the Moon" (1993), "Everybody Hurts" (1994)

Britney Spears, 3. "Toxic" (2004), "Piece of Me" (2008), "Womanizer" (2009)

Taylor Swift, 3."I Knew You Were Trouble." (2013), "Bad Blood" (2015, with Lamar, 2015), "You Need to Calm Down" (2019)

Pharrell Williams, 3. "Drop It Like It's Hot" (with Snoop Dogg, 2005), "Blurred Lines" (with Robin Thicke and T.I., 2013), "Happy" (2014)

Jay Z, 4. "99 Problems" (2004), "Umbrella" (with Rihanna, 2007), "Drunk in Love" (with Beyoncé, 2014), "Apeshit" (as half of The Carters, 2018)

Madonna , 4. "Like a Prayer" (1989), "Vogue" (1990), "Ray of Light" (1998), "Hung Up" (2006)

Rihanna, 4. "Umbrella" (with Jay-Z, 2007), "We Found Love" (with Calvin Harris, 2012), "Take Care" (with Drake, 2012), Wild Thoughts" (with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller, 2017)

U2, 4. "With or Without You" (1987), "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" (1988), "Where the Streets Have No Name" (1988), "Beautiful Day" (2001)

Kanye West, 4. "Jesus Walks" (2005), "Stronger" (2007), "Love Lockdown" (2009), "Famous" (2016)

Bruno Mars, 5. "Grenade" (2011), "Locked Out of Heaven" (2013), "Uptown Funk" (with Mark Ronson, 2015), "24K Magic" (2017), "Finesse" (with Cardi B, 2018)

Justin Timberlake, 5. "Bye Bye Bye" (2000, as a member of 'N Sync), "Gone" (2002, as a member of  'N Sync), "Cry Me a River" (2003), "What Goes Around…Comes Around" (2007), Mirrors" (2013)

Beyoncé, 7. "Irreplaceable" (2007), "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (2009), "Telephone" (with Lady Gaga, 2010), "Drunk in Love" (with Jay Z, 2014), "7/11" (2015), "Formation" (2016), "Apeshit" (as half of The Carters, 2018)

Eminem, 7. "The Real Slim Shady" (2000), "Stan" (with Dido, 2001), "Without Me" (2002), "Lose Yourself" (2003), "My Band" (as a member of D12, 2004), "We Made You" (2009), "Not Afraid" (2010)

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