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The 7 biggest snubs of the 2020 VMAs nominations

Normani, Harry Styles, and Halsey released some of the best music videos in recent memory.
Normani, Harry Styles, and Halsey released some of the best music videos in recent memory.

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  • The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards nominations were announced Thursday.

  • Harry Styles, Halsey, Selena Gomez, Dua Lipa, and BTS were all snubbed in major categories, despite releasing some of the past year’s biggest albums and best videos.

  • Artists like Normani and Miley Cyrus also delivered extraordinary visuals, yet still only received technical nominations.

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Nominations for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards were announced Thursday afternoon.

Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga led the pack with nine nods apiece, largely thanks to their smash collaboration “Rain On Me,” while Billie Eilish and The Weeknd followed with six each. 

However, other beloved artists with headline-making visuals were snubbed in major categories.

Keep reading to see Insider’s picks for the 7 biggest snubs, in no particular order.

Dua Lipa

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“Black Is King” continues Beyonce’s immortalizing of the Black American experience through art

Beyonce in "Black Is King"
Beyonce in “Black Is King”

Beyonce in “Black Is King” Travis Matthews/Disney+

There are times when a person doesn’t realize how drained, hot and thirsty she is until she sees water. “Black Is King” triggers that realization in its opening with a wide shot of a river, its gentle current carrying a basket. The biblical allusion to the story of Moses is plain to see, only in this context the untethered basket is a visual metaphor for a people . . . but also, for escape.

Filming for “Black Is King,” Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s visual album accompaniment to her 2019 release “The Lion King: The Gift,” took place in the second half of last year after the film’s release but before the culture at large erupted with protests in the name of Black Lives Matter.

It arrives at a time of unfortunate inevitability for any social justice movement, when

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Tokyo show tests if fans will come

It’s a blockbuster exhibition, featuring some of the biggest names in Japan’s contemporary art scene. But will people flock to galleries in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic?

That’s the question on the mind of Mami Kataoka, director of the influential Mori Art Museum, which reopens on Friday after a five-month hiatus with one of its most high-profile Japanese art shows in years.

“We live in a time when we are asked, ‘What is the role of museums and what is the role of art?'” Kataoka told AFP at a press preview of the “STARS” exhibit this week.

The exhibition was supposed to open in April, running through the summer to attract visitors in town for the Olympics, with works by leading Japanese art figures like Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami.

But the coronavirus has forced a year-long delay of the Games, and the museum closed its doors in

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Kaia Gerber Sports the Best Ever Nail Art With These Fashion Girl Favorite Kicks

Kaia Gerber was out and about in New York yesterday with model mum Cindy Crawford.

Gerber kept it casual with her attire and teamed straight leg jeans with a burgundy and yellow varsity jacket and sneakers.

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However, alongside those white sneakers, it was her fingertips that caught everyone’s attention. Yes, it’s all in the accessories and Gerber sported the best ever nail art with those fashion girl favorite kicks.

Her smily face manicure was just the thing for brightening up everybody’s day.

Her classic white sneakers were by New Balance and we’ve found similar below. The brand is a real cult classic known for some cool collaborations and recently partnered with Sarah Staudinger Staud label.

When it comes to footwear, Gerber is a big fan of sneakers, often choosing styles from the likes of Converse and Adidas x Alexander Wang. While the star was

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