Rihanna, Drake lead MTV VMA nods

2012-07-31 15:45

New York – The MTV Video Music Award nominations are out, and Rihanna and Drake are leading the pack with five nominations each.

Last year’s big winner, Katy Perry, isn’t far behind, with four nominations.

Rihanna has two chances to win for video of the year. She’s nominated both for her hit We Found Love and for her duet with Drake on Take Care.

Others in the category include Katy Perry for Wide Awake; Gotye for Somebody That I Used To Know; and M.I.A. for Bad Girls.

The show will air live from Los Angeles on September 6 and will feature performances from four-time VMA winner Alicia Keys and One Direction, up for best pop video for their hit What Makes You Beautiful.

» Full List of 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees

Video of the Year
Katy Perry – Wide Awake
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
Rihanna – We Found Love
Drake feat. Rihanna – Take Care
M.I.A. – Bad Girls

Best New Artist
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae – We Are Young
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Frank Ocean – Swim Good
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
The Wanted – Glad You Came

Best Hip-Hop Video
Childish Gambino – Heartbeat
Drake feat. Lil Wayne – HYFR
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz – Mercy
Watch the Throne – Paris
Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz – Beez in the Trap

Best Male Video
Justin Bieber – Boyfriend
Frank Ocean – Swim Good
Drake feat. Rihanna – Take Care
Chris Brown – Turn Up the Music
Usher – Climax

Best Female Video
Rihanna – We Found Love
Katy Perry – Part of Me
Beyoncé – Love on Top
Nicki Minaj – Starships
Selena Gomez & The Scene – Love You Like a Love Song

Best Pop Video
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae – We Are Young
Rihanna – We Found Love
Justin Bieber – Boyfriend
Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa – Payphone

Best Rock Video
Coldplay – Paradise
The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
Linkin Park – BURN IT DOWN
Jack White – Sixteen Saltines
Imagine Dragons – It’s Time

Best Electronic Dance Music Video
Duck Sauce – Big Bad Wolf
Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
Skrillex – First of the Year (Equinox)
Martin Solveig – The Night Out
Avicii – Le7els

Best Video With a Message
Demi Lovato – Skyscraper
Rise Against – Ballad of Hollis Brown
Kelly Clarkson – Dark Side
Gym Class Heroes – The Fighter
K’Naan feat. Nelly Furtado – Is Anybody Out There?
Lil Wayne – How to Love

Best Art Direction
Katy Perry – Wide Awake
Drake feat. Rihanna – Take Care
Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
Regina Spektor – All the Rowboats
Of Monsters & Men – Little Talks

Best Choreography
Chris Brown – Turn Up the Music
Rihanna – Where Have You Been
Beyoncé – Countdown
Avicii – Le7els
Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull – Dance Again

Best Cinematography
M.I.A. – Bad Girls
Adele – Someone Like You
Drake feat. Rihanna – Take Care
Coldplay feat. Rihanna – Princess of China
Lana Del Rey – Born to Die

Best Direction
M.I.A. – Bad Girls
Duck Sauce – Big Bad Wolf
Coldplay feat. Rihanna – Princess of China
Frank Ocean – Swim Good
Watch the Throne – Otis

Best Editing
Beyoncé – Countdown
A$AP Rocky – Goldie
Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know
Watch the Throne – Paris
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz – Mercy

Best Visual Effects
Katy Perry – Wide Awake
Rihanna – Where Have You Been
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj – Turn Me On
Linkin Park – Burn it down


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