The year of Cardi B rolls on with 10 MTV Video Music Award nominations. The rapper is the most nominated act at this year's show, which returns to New York's Radio City Music Hall on August 20.

Five of Cardi B's nominations are thanks to her collaboration with Bruno Mars on the upbeat anthem Finesse (Remix). The song's video will compete for video of the year with Childish Gambino's This Is America, Drake's God's Plan, Beyonce and Jay-Z's Apes**t, Camila Cabello's Havana and Ariana Grande's No Tears Left to Cry.

Beyonce and Jay-Z, who recently released a collaborative album as The Carters, are nominated for eight awards with Apes**t, which was filmed at the Louvre museum in Paris.

Gambino's This Is America, which tackles racism and gun violence, earned him seven nominations. Drake, who gave away US$1 million dollars to Miami residents in his God's Plan clip, also scored seven nods.

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Mars, who has six nominations, is up for artist of the year with Cardi B, Drake, Post Malone, Cabello and Grande.

Taylor Swift missed the major categories, but has three technical nominations: her No 1 hit, Look What You Made Me Do, is up for best art direction, visual effects and editing.

Justin Timberlake, whose Man of the Woods album has underperformed, earned nominations for best direction (Say Something with Chris Stapleton) and best choreography (Filthy).

- AP