“Despacito” might not be a contender for the Video of the Year award at this Sunday’s MTV VMAs — apparently the most-watched music video ever on YouTube didn’t submit itself for consideration — but it will be a frontrunner elsewhere. EW can exclusively announce the eight contenders vying for the Song of Summer category.
Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito Remix” feat. Justin Bieber, Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3,” Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back,” Fifth Harmony’s “Down,” feat. Gucci Mane, Camila Cabello’s “OMG” feat. Quavo, DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, and Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry” will all contend.
Fans can vote for their favorite in the Verizon UP-presented battle via a 36-hour Snapchat Our Story campaign beginning Thursday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. ET. (Wondering what the Our Story function is? Here you go.) The 2017 VMAs, hosted by Katy Perry, will air live from Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. ET on MTV. Until then, study up the list of nominees and cast your votes at www.vma.mtv.com.