The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards nominations are out!

Rihanna and Drake lead the pack with five nominations each.

Reuters August 03, 2012

LOS ANGELES: The list of nominations for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards were announced earlier this week by MTV with pop singer Rihanna and rapper Drake each grabbing five nominations. This included Drake’s “Take Care” featuring Rihanna, for video of the year.

Pop star Katy Perry received four nominations, second overall to Drake and Rihanna, including best female video for her inspirational anthem “Part of Me”, which is also the name of her 3D concert film debuted earlier this month.

The awards will feature singer Alicia Keys premiering a new song from her upcoming album and a performance by British boy band One Direction. Additionaly, as a sign of dance music’s growing popularity in the United States, a new category for best electronic dance music video has been added this year.

Following is a list of nominations in key categories for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards to be handed out during a televised show in Los Angeles on September 6. Winners are picked by public voting:

Video of the year

Katy Perry for “Wide Awake

Gotye for “Somebody That I Used to Know

Rihanna for “We Found Love

Drake featuring Rihanna for “Take Care”

MIA for “Bad Girls

New artist

Fun featuring Janelle Monae for “We Are Young”

Carly Rae Jepsen for “Call Me Maybe”

Frank Ocean for “Swim Good”

One Direction for “What Makes You Beautiful

The Wanted for “Glad You Came”

Hip-hop video

Childish Gambino for “Heartbeat”

Drake featuring Lil Wayne for “HYFR

Kanye West featuring Pusha T for Big Sean and 2 Chainz for “Mercy”

Watch the Throne for “Paris”

Nicki Minaj featuring 2 Chainz for “Beez in the Trap”

Female video

Rihanna for “We Found Love”

Katy Perry for “Part of Me”

Beyoncé for “Love on Top

Nicki Minaj for “Starships”

Selena Gomez and the Scene for “Love You Like a Love Song”

Male video

Justin Bieber for “Boyfriend

Frank Ocean for “Swim Good”

Drake featuring Rihanna for “Take Care”

Chris Brown for “Turn Up the Music”

Usher for “Climax”

Pop video

One Direction for “What Makes You Beautiful” (video grab)

Fun featuring Janelle Monae for “We Are Young”

Rihanna for “We Found Love”

Justin Bieber for “Boyfriend”

Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa for “Payphone

Rock video

Coldplay for “Paradise

The Black Keys for “Lonely Boy”

Linkin Park for “Burn It Down”

Jack White for “Sixteen Saltines”

Imagine Dragons for “It’s Time”

Video with a message

Demi Lovato for “Skyscraper”

Rise Against for “Ballad of Hollis Brown”

Kelly Clarkson for “Dark Side”

Gym Class Heroes for “The Fighter”

K’Naan featuring Nelly Furtado for “Is Anybody Out There?

Lil Wayne for “How to Love”

Electronic dance music video

Duck Sauce for “Big Bad Wolf”

Calvin Harris for “Feel So Close

Skrillex for “First of the Year (Equinox)”

Martin Solveig for “The Night Out”

Avicii for “Le7els”

Art direction

Katy Perry for “Wide Awake”

Drake featuring Rihanna for “Take Care”

Lana Del Rey for “Born to Die”

Regina Spektor for “All the Rowboats”

Of Monsters & Men for “Little Talks


Chris Brown for ”Turn Up the Music”

Rihanna for “Where Have You Been”

Beyoncé for “Countdown”

Avicii for “Le7els”

Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull for “Dance Again

Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2012.

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