British music luminaries Harry Styles, Adele and Ed Sheeran will battle it out across the pond at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards.
At the annual ceremony for the event, known as the VMAs, they face competition from US heavyweights such as Billie Eilish, Jack Harlow and Lil Nas X.
Styles, Harlow and Doja Cat are the top three at this year’s event with eight nominations each, closely followed by Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Lil Nas with seven.
Styles is awaiting top accolades including Artist of the Year, Best Album for his latest release Harry’s House and Video of the Year for As It Was.
The 28-year-old megastar takes on fellow artist Ed Sheeran for artist of the year in an American-dominated category that also includes Drake, Bad Bunny and Lizzo.
Harry’s House joins Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever, Drake’s Certified Lover Boy and Adele’s highly anticipated 30 for Album of the Year.
Also competing for the coveted Video of the Year are Doja Cat for Woman, Jack Harlow and Lil Nas X for Industry Baby, Olivia Rodrigo for Brutal and Taylor Swift for All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version).
The latter, starring Stranger Things star Sadie Sink, went viral earlier this year after fans speculated the song was based on Swift’s split from actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
Honorary awards go to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who are set to receive the Global Icon Award, and Nicki Minaj, who are expected to receive the Video Vanguard Awards.
Minaj will also helm the show alongside Harlow and LL Cool J, with a number of famous faces set to take on the awards duties, including Avril Lavigne and DJ Khaled.
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Performances are expected from hip-hop all-stars Eminem and Snoop Dogg, Lizzo, J Balvin and Bad Bunny, who will stream his performances live from Yankee Stadium.
This year’s VMAs have 26 first-time nominees, including Baby Keem with four along with Kacey Musgraves, Gayle and Eurovision 2021 winner Maneskin, who each have two nominations.
The show takes place on August 29th at 1am UK time at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/harry-styles-adele-and-ed-sheeran-to-face-off-at-2022-mtv-video-music-awards-41942376.html Harry Styles, Adele and Ed Sheeran compete at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards