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Canadian Artists Lead Nominations for the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards

This month the 2018 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards return to Toronto, and what could be better than a group of Canadians leading the pack? Yesterday, the MMVA’s revealed which artists had been selected for each category and this year the top three most nominated acts are all from Canada.

Shawn Mendes, back in his home city, received eight nominations including Video of the Year, Best Pop Artist and Artist of the Year. Following behind is yet another Toronto-born star, with Drake receiving seven nominations. In third place is Alessia Cara, also from Ontario. Cara, who co-hosted last year’s event alongside Joe Jonas, received five nominations.

Both Mendes and Cara are slated to perform at the event. As for Drake, you’ll just have to catch him earlier this month at OVO Fest.

Behind the top three were Ed Sheeran and DJ Marshmallow, each with four nominations, followed by Halsey with three.

It’s going to be a tough call for Video of the Year. We have God’s Plan, the instantly viral video by Drake, whose feel-good message and catchy hooks make it a big contender. At the same time, there’s also Childish Gambino’s thought-provoking video for This is America, a release that really sparked discussion and got the whole world talking. Mixed in are more videos attached to chart-topping hits like Ariana Grande’s No Tears Left to Cry and Halsey’s Bad at Love.

Airing August 26th at 9pm ET, the event will be hosted by American rapper and actress Awkwafina, who has had a pretty huge summer already with roles in Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. We’re excited to see what she’ll bring to the table. Past hosts have included Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

To vote for the fan fave awards, head over to the event’s site or log on to Twitter to submit your answers. And make sure you block off August 26th to find out if these Canadian artists will continue to stay on top and take home the most wins. The show will be broadcast on CTV, CTV Go, MTV, the iHeartRadio app and a variety of Virgin Radio stations.