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MTV Video Music Awards 2012: Rihanna and Drake lead nominees


Story by Jack Foley

RIHANNA and Drake lead the nominees going into this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Both artists earned five nominations each, with their duet Take Care up for Video of the Year, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography.

Rihanna’s We Found Love is in the running for the ceremony’s top prize, Video fo the Year, along with Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know, M.I.A.’s Bad Girls and Katy Perry’s Wide Awake.

This year’s ceremony will also introduce a new award category this year, Best Electronic Dance Music Video, which is being contested by Duck Sauce, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Martin Solveig and Aviccii.

Other big announcements concerning the ceremony included the fact that One Direction will perform live, along with Alicia Keys, who is also set to debut a new song live on stage during the show.

One Direction will also vy for their own award on the night, having been nominated in the Best New Artist category along with fun., Carly Rae Jepsen, Frank Ocean and fellow British boy-band The Wanted.

This year’s ceremony takes place at L.A.’s Staples Center on Thursday, September 6, 2012.

The nominees are:

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
‪Beyonce, 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, Buen 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