Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the way in nominations ahead of the MTV Video Music Awards.

The youth-focused show was originally set to take place inside Brooklyn's Barclays Centre, before those plans were scrapped due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Instead, the VMAs will host outdoor performances from across New York City's five boroughs, with limited or no audience, and will pay tribute to the frontline workers who risked their lives during the crisis, MTV said.

Gaga and Grande each have nine nominations, including a video of the year nod for their dance-infused collaboration Rain On Me, which is recognised in seven categories. The pop stars will team up for the world premiere televised performance of the song.

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Other performers include Miley Cyrus, who is set to debut her new single Midnight Sky, K-pop superstars BTS and rapper Doja Cat.

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Elsewhere, Canadian singer The Weeknd and pop sensation Billie Eilish both secured six nominations, with Taylor Swift on five and Drake, Dua Lipa, J Balvin and Justin Bieber all on four.

Actress Keke Palmer, a self-proclaimed "millennial diva", will be on hosting duties as the Moon Person trophies are handed out.

In response to the pandemic, MTV has introduced two new categories to reflect music created in lockdown: best music video from home and best quarantine performance.

The 2020 MTV VMAs take place in New York at 1am Irish time on Monday. 

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