MTV’s Video Music Awards has a lot of love for South Florida.
Several artists from the region, or videos that they shot in and around Miami, have been nominated.
The “VMAs” will be broadcast tonight, Aug. 20, from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
In the “Video of the Year” category, Boca Raton pop singer Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry” was nominated along with Miami singer Camila Cabello’s “Havana” which featured rapper Young Thug.
Drake’s “God’s Plan” — which was filmed in South Florida in February — is also up for the top award. In it, the Toronto hip hop star gives away money and interacts with people in Overtown, students at Miami Senior High School, tourists at South Pointe Park in Miami Beach, and students at the University of Miami in Coral Gables.
The three artists were also named in the “Artist of the Year” category. “Havana” and “God’s Plan” landed in the “Song of the Year” group. And “No Tears Left to Cry” and “Havana” are up for “Best Pop.”
Drake’s “God’s Plan” is also up for “Best Hip Hop” and “Video with a Message” categories.
Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry” got a shout out for “Best Visual Effects.” Released in April, that video opens with evening aerial views of a metropolis pocked with skyscrapers as a blonde Grande with a long braided pony tail sings in a church-like hallway and a rooftop.
“Havana” was also nominated for “Best Choregraphy.” In that video, released last fall, Cabello plays a telenovela actress who storms into a bedroom where she finds her lover in bed with her best friend and the maid. The video then pulls back to reveal the real Cabello watching the drama unfold on a retro TV set.
Jennifer Lopez, with Miami’s DJ Khaled and Cardi B, nabbed nominations for “Dinero” in the “Best Collaboration” and “Best Latin” categories.
In all, Drake had seven nominations and Cabello and Grande each had five.
“It has already been a monumental year in music, and this year’s ‘VMAs’ will take things to a whole new level,” said Bruce Gillmer, head of music and music talent, global entertainment group, Viacom. “The extraordinary group of nominees have amazed us with their talent and inspired us with their creativity — and when you get them together for one night, anything is possible.”