Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande dominated nominations on Tuesday for the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) with 10 apiece, but some K-pop fans cried foul when best-selling Korean bands were placed in a separate category.
Grande’s breakup anthem “thank u, next” and Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down,” in which she criticizes social media trolls, will contend for the top prizes of song of the year, best pop and video of the year. Grande also got a nod for artist of the year along with rapper Cardi B, 17-year-old newcomer Billie Eilish, Halsey, the Jonas Brothers and Shawn Mendes.
Korean boy band BTS, which has led a K-pop music wave in the United States and scored three Number one albums on the Billboard chart in the past year, got just four nods, including three in the newly created K-pop category. Fans vote on the winners of the VMA awards, which will be announced at a show in Newark, New Jersey, on Aug. 26, but they do not vote on the nominations.