The MTV Video Music Awards have announced a new, more direct if you will, way to vote for the coveted Best New Artist award. As Billboard reported, fans can now log their vote for Best New Artist by sending a direct message via a new Twitter bot to @MTV. By sending a direct message, users can not only vote but also share their top pick with their followers.
Voting will be open until the VMAs air live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET. On Aug. 27 the top two artists will be revealed. Hashtag voting will then decide the winner, who will receive their award during the main show.
This year’s nominees are Noah Cyrus, SZA, Julia Michaels, Kodak Black, Khalid and Young M.A. The Best New Artist award is usually a pretty good indicator of future success. Recent recipients of the award are Fifth Harmony; Tyler, the Creator; Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.