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Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, MTV is still planning to host the Video Music Awards on Aug. 30. The awards show is taking place in Brooklyn for the first time since 2013.

Now, voting is open to decide which artist should win the coveted Best New Artist award. This year, there are 17 acts to choose from.

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Back in June, it was announced that MTV plans to host the Video Music Awards on Aug. 30. According to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, “the event will follow all safety guidance including limited or no audience.”

Typically, the Video Music Awards features a fan audience. For this year, it is possible that they will eliminate the fan audience and will seat artists within appropriate social distances from each other.

Back in May, a representative for MTV said that the company is exploring various ways it can safely hold the event this year in Brooklyn.

“We’re exploring with government officials, the medical community, and key stakeholders on how to safely hold the 2020 VMAs at Barclays Center on August 30th,” a spokesperson told Billboard in a statement. “The health of everyone involved remains our number one priority. Additionally, we are working on several contingency plans to bring music’s biggest night to audiences everywhere.”

Now, it appears that the VMAs are still scheduled to happen on Aug. 30. Although all of the award nominations have not been announced yet, voting is now open to determine who should win 2020’s Best New Artist award.

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There are 17 artists to choose from this year that range from rock to pop and hip-hop. Included in this year’s list are YUNGBLUD, FINNEAS, BROCKHAMPTON, Doja Cat, Conan Gray and more.

YUNGBLUD recently released his new singleStrawberry Lipstick” along with a wickedly entertaining video. Over the past few years, YUNGBLUD has collaborated with various artists including blackbear, MGKHalseyblink-182‘s Travis Barker and Imagine Dragons‘ Dan Reynolds. “I Think I’m OKAY,” his collab with MGK and Barker, was recently certified platinum in the U.S. after it surpassed 1 million sales. In 2019, he released his hope for the underrated youth EP which debuted in the top 10 on the U.K. Official Albums chart.

FINNEAS is well-known for his collaborations with sister Billie Eilish. He also just recently released his solo album Blood Harmony in 2019. His latest single “Let’s Fall In Love For The Night” has over 127 million streams on Spotify.

BROCKHAMPTON have become one of the most successful groups in recent years. They currently have over 9 million monthly listeners on Spotify. As well, their 2018 album Iridescence debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200. Most recently, they dropped a remix for their hit “SUGAR” which features Dua Lipa.

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Doja Cat’s “Say So” continues to be a top hit on the radio. Her track featuring Nicki Minaj reached No.1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The song currently has over 500 million Spotify streams and is off of her 2019 album Hot Pink.

Conan Gray has recently been praised by big-name artists including Taylor Swift. Earlier this year, he released his full-length album Kid Krow which debuted at No.5 on the Billboard 200. So far this year, he has been named a YouTube Artist on the Rise, Vevo’s Discover Artist To Watch and MTV Push Artist for the month of February. He also recently dropped an acoustic video for his song “Heather.”

The full list of nominations for the VMAs Best New Artist is available here.

Votes can be cast up to 10 times a day before voting closes on July 30. The winner of the PUSH Best New Artist will be announced live at the Video Music Awards on Aug. 30.

Which artist would you like to see win this year’s Best New Artist award at the VMAs? Let us know in the comments below.