Rapper Cardi B, the Carters, Childish Gambino and Drake lead the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards nominations, tipping the scales in favor of hip-hop and R&B artists this year.
Cardi earned 10 nominations and power couple the Carters — a.k.a. Beyoncé and Jay Z — earned eight, while Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover) and Drake tied with seven nominations apiece, the cable network announced Monday.
Artists Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran, Khalid, Young Thug, Alessia Cara, Dua Lipa, Janella Monáe, Shawn Mendes, SZA and Taylor Swift rounded out the top nominees across the gender-neutral categories, MTV said in a statement, noting that their “reach and influence have elevated music’s relevancy within the cultural conversation.”