This combination photo shows singers Ariana Grande at the 13th annual Billboard Women in Music event in New York on Dec. 6, 2018, left, and Taylor Swift at the Time 100 Gala in New York on April 23, 2019. Grande and Swift are the top contenders at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, each scoring 10 nominations. The 2019 VMAs will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Aug. 26. (AP Photo)

Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift score 10 MTV VMA nominations

July 23, 2019 - 12:00 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift are the top contenders at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, each scoring 10 nominations.

Grande and Swift will compete in eight of the same categories, including video of the year. Swift's "You Need to Calm Down" and Grande's "thank u, next" are nominated for the top prize alongside Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy," Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus' "Old Town Road," 21 Savage and J. Cole's "A Lot," and Jonas Brothers' "Sucker."

Eilish came in second with nine nominations, while Lil Nas X earned eight nominations.

The 2019 VMAs will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Aug. 26. Post Malone and Khalid were surprisingly snubbed, despite dominating on streaming services, radio and the Billboard charts.

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