I Like It hitmaker and new mum Cardi B leads the way at this year's MTV Video Music Awards ahead of power-couple The Carters.

The New York rapper, who gave birth to her first child, daughter Kulture Kiari, last week, is up for 10 awards including video, song and artist of the year.

Five of those are for Finesse, her collaboration with Bruno Mars.

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Following closely behind are husband and wife Jay-Z and Beyoncé who are nominated as The Carters.

They are up for eight awards including nominations for best collaboration and best hip-hop for their recent single Apes**t from their new joint album Everything Is Love.

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Other video of the year nominees for the 2018 VMAs include Childish Gambino for his groundbreaking video This Is America, Ariana Grande for No Tears Left to Dry, Drake for God's Plan and Camila Cabello for Havana.

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Childish Gambino, the music stage name for Donald Glover, and Drake have each earned seven VMA nominations while Grande and Cabello have five a piece.

The late Swedish DJ Avicii, who died at the age of 28 in in April, is also nominated. His Lonely Together collaboration with Rita Ora is up for best dance.

Ed Sheeran's Perfect is up for song of the year, one of his four nominations.

All award categories are gender neutral.

The VMAs take place in New York City on August 20.