Rihanna and Drake Lead 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations

The nominees for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards were announced today, and leading the pack is Rihanna and Drake, who both scored 5 nods each.

Rihanna has two chances to win for video of the year — she’s up for Video of the Year for her hit single “We Found Love” and for her duet with Drake, “Take Care.”

The singer will also compete in the categories for Best Female Video and Best Pop Video, while her dance-heavy “Where Have You Been” video scored nods for Best Choreography and Best Visual Effects.

Drake’s Bar Mitzvah re-enactment in his “HYFR” video scored him a Best Hip-Hop Video nomination, while the Rihanna-assisted clip for “Take Care” picked up nods for Best Male Video, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography.

Other nominees for this year’s VMAs include Katy Perry, M.I.A., Frank Ocean, Beyonce, Kanye West and Jay-Z (“The Throne”) Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson, A$AP Rocky, Childish Gambino and many others. Alicia Keys and One Direction are the confirmed performers so far.

The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on September 6th at 8 pm.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

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”
Skrillex, “First of the Year (Equinox)”

[MTV]


  • BZ

    I will forever be mad at MTV for dropping the Best R&B Category. Guess they figure R&B doesn’t sell anymore, yet, Rock hasn’t seen the light of day in the Hot 100 for years and they still have Best Rock Video. Thats how the stupid Pop Bulls*** cookie crumbles. Guess they making up for the past 2 years of snubbing Rihanna and gave her top honors since her Umbrella breakthrough 5 years ago. I didn’t think Beyonce would get anything major due to no single from 4′ going beyond the R&B platform, but then I remembered, the Hovfamily made the network a butload of money last year and exploded their ratings into Oblivion, so it was only courteous. Other than that, it’s actually a much better mixture of nods than the past 2 years. Chuckling at that Selena Gomez nod, pays to have a boyfriend that is a larger than life bubblepop star. Anyway, with this year’s show being in a larger venue and with a bigger year in music, they need to not cram the show into 2 measly hours like last year. @Biggibenzo