Latinos Have Taken Over The MTV VMA Nominations And They Might Just Own The Actual Show

The wildest awards show of the year is right around the corner and Latinos are owning the nominees list for the 2018 Video Music Awards. Cardi B led the list with 10 nominations, with Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars, J.Lo, and so many more bringing home the VMA jamón, we hope.

Without further ado, here are the Latinos topping the charts, category by category.

1. Video of the Year: Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”

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The ’80s/’90s-esque music video collaboration was nominated for five different awards, putting Cardi B as the most likely to take a bag of VMA awards home. The video has over 450 million views as of July 2018.

2. Fans are clapping so hard for Cardi B. ????????????????

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Seriously, the last six months alone have been wild for the artist. She hosted “Saturday Night Live,” has earned a spot on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and just had her first baby.

3. Video of the Year: Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”

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Cabello slayed every Latino’s heart when she released the most relatable video ever of a girl watching telenovelas with her abuelita. Eventually she goes out into the world to watch her alter ego seduce men left and right, and lands her guy in the dorkiest way possible. It’s a must watch. ????

4. Camilizers are sending la Cubanita all the love.

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We’ve been watching her grow up since you were 15 years old, and love that she’s staying true to her Latina roots. ????

5. Artist of the Year: Bruno Mars

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Puerto Rican Bruno Mars grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. Fun fact: his uncle was an Elvis impersonator, which was passed onto baby 4-year-old Mars in their family band.

I’m obsessed.

6. Artist of the Year: Cardi B

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Cardi B has definitely scored the most nominations of any other artist. Girl’s been making money moves. ????‍♀️ She joins Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Drake and Post Malone.

7. Artist of the Year: Camila Cabello

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This year was Camila’s breakout year. Y’know if you weren’t counting the years she spent on internationally famous girl band Fifth Harmony. Camila went solo this year, and we hope she’s rewarded.

8. Best New Artist: Cardi B

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Cardi B landed in both Best New Artist and Artist of the Year categories. I really wish we could have seen her reaction to the nominations.  ????‍♂️ She joins Hayley Kiyoko, Lil Pump, Bazzi, Lil Uzi vert and Chloe x Halle. Who do you think will win?

9. Best Collaboration: Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”

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This is the only song we need to listen to on Monday mornings. It’s officially my 2018 anthem. J.Lo, Cardi B and DJ Khaled together on one track was guaranteed to score some nominations.

10. Best Collaboration: Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”


The VMA’s are literally drippin’ in “Finesse” this year. The song won the most nominations of any. We’re over here partying and the Internet is actually having a conniption about Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” not making these categories.

11. Best Pop: Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”

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Cabello also scored a Best Choreography nomination for Havana. The artist scored five nominations, and we’re predicting that she’ll take home at least three trophies. ????????????

12. Best Pop: Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”

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Competing with Cabello is your long favorite Demi Lovato, who made it into both Pop and Latin categories. We see you, bella. ????

13. Best Hip Hop: Cardi B ft. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi”

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“Finesse” might have been the single song that won Cardi B the most nominations, but her album “Invasion of Privacy” put her on the map for best overall artist. “Bartier Cardi” was one of the most popular songs on that album.

14. Best Latin: Daddy Yankee – “Dura”

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Daddy Yankee never fails to make it to the VMA’s nominations list, and his tracks always make it into the Latino consciousness. “Dura” has been playing on loop in all our heads all year.

15. Best Latin: J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente”

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TBH, “Mi Gente” definitely wins best beat in my book. Fact: you can weed the Latinos out of a room by playing this song and watching them involuntarily dance to the música. It’s just science.

16. Best Latin: Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”

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Like we said: Monday Motivation, AF. Just watch J.Lo take all these boys’ money and find your female empowerment if you haven’t already.

17. Best Latin: Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa”

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Demi Lovato is super open about her Latinidad, including that she can’t speak fluent Spanish but that she loves to sing in Spanish. I can speak for most of our generation when I say, “Tambien, Demi, te amo.”

18. Best Latin: Maluma – “Felices los 4”

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It isn’t a Latin genre if there isn’t one video with a beautiful girl dressing and undressing for her man. ????‍♀️

19. Best Latin: Shakira ft. Maluma – “Chantaje”

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This track, in collaboration with Maluma, made it to the Latin list, but any video featuring Shakira shake it should have made it to the Best Music Video list.

20. Video with a Message: Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper”

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Oof, we pray that Colombiana Jessie Reyez brings home the award for this genre just so that her music video is played to the millions of VMA viewers. You’ll see Reyez try to make it in an industry that demands sexual favors from women in order to launch their careers. It’s a powerful video that reverberates especially during the #MeToo movement.

21. Whatever you do, get out your best churrasco game for this year’s VMA’s.

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If Cardi B didn’t make last year’s awards ceremony, then Cardi B, Cabello, Mars and J.Lo are going to make it sizzle like only Latinos know to do this year. Tune in on August 20th at 9p ET, but definitely be sure you go vote for all your favorite artists on MTV.com.

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