Drake, Rihanna Lead 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations

Frank Ocean, Jay-Z and Kanye West also pick up nominations.

The nominees for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards have been announced.

Drake and Rihanna lead the pack with five nominations apiece, including Video of the Year (“We Found Love,” “Take Care”), Best Cinematography (“Take Care”) and more.

A$AP Rocky scores a nod for “Goldie” in the Best Editing category, which also includes Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Paris” and Beyonce’s “Countdown.”

The 2012 MTV VMAs are scheduled to take place on September 6th at 8 p.m., broadcasting live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

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"

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41 Comments

  • Don Blankenship

    Drake and Rihanna each have five nominations for the 2012 MTV Video Music looking at the full list of nominees for the 29th annual MTV Video Music Awards. Rihanna and Drake lead the pack with five nominations each.

  • ye

    Mercy & Love on top, best videos ever

  • Anonymous

    "Best Video With A Message" Worst category ever. Matter of fact, this is the worst VMA's ever.

  • Anonymous

    Kanye West is overrated.

  • HYFR

    Fuck Kanye West! The haters are just jealous of Drake...

  • me

    Best Video With a Message Lil Wayne, "How to Love" that's ridiculous. smh

    • c

      I know right! The fact that they have a category like this tells you how much garbage music is out there!

  • Anonymous

    I hope drake and chris brown show up,fight and beat eachother retarded and hope they forget how to rap

  • lav

    People still watch these shows? Don't they know they're fixed?

  • hihihi

    yeah Gambino now there is an actual reason to watch this shitty show

  • fuck MTV

    who watches mtv?????

  • I want to put them paws on him

    I hope that security is deep, because Chris Brown is going to try, to put them paws on Drake.

  • Anonymous

    The VMAS is one big popularity contest. No talented ever win one. The Grammys are much better than this crapfest.

  • X

    Meh....too many moist niggas in the mix with no fucking talent whatsoever. I'll pass. Really don't want to see mulitple faggots walking on stage with skinny jeans and barely being able to talk with some intelligence.

  • FuKKK DraKKKe

    Worst VMA's ever.

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  • Pep

    Best Video is between "Bad Girls" & "We Found Love". They are the only videos I even remember, besides "No Church In the Wild" which I don't even see nominated. "Take Care" was a wet firecracker as a video and single. "What's My Name" was superior in every way, but that's because it was a Rihanna single and not Drake. Drake is a dud.

  • JETLIFE116

    MTV VMA's is only dope when niggas like Kanye pull shit off like what he did in '08 mTVU Woodie Awards is the only shit worth watching - real artist

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  • BLACK

    I'M GLAD AND SURPRISED THAT THEY NOMINATED SOME UNCONVENTIONAL ARTISTS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE ALL KNOW THE POPULAR ONES WILL WIN EVERYTHING.

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  • dentadaldamboy

    YMCMB stays winning. I see all of the haters and it's so obvious that you are all jealous of the success which Drake, Wayne, Bidrman and Nicki have achieved. The groups who hate YMCMB the most are welfare recipients, feminists, communists, terrorist sympathizers and pedophiles. So all of you haters need to fess up and admit which group you belong to.

    • lmfao

      so you must be a pop fan cause thats all this is.. pop music... young money is for little teenie bopper justin beiber fans hahah if the shit I listened to was nominated for a bunch of mtv awards I would be fuckin embarrassed

    • ^^

      Good joke YMCMB groupie.

  • Anonymous

    best cum on cum video- drake ft. lil wayne fucker of the century fucking over artists- Birdman weird looking mofo- gudda gudda new best tranny- nicki minag twat and frog looking mofo fucked by cash money- LIl wayne aka lil gayne

  • Anonymous

    of course birdman payed mtv. and youngsta down below gets fucked in the ass by lil wayne

    • @dentaldamboy

      Nothing you said is true.

    • BLACK

      YALL KIDDIES DONT EVEN UNDERSTAND THE INDUSTRY...YALL OVERESTIMATE BIRDMAN...THE MAJOR LABELS ARE THE ONES THAT PAY FOR ALL THAT SHIT, NOT SOME BUM ASS BIRDMAN.

    • dentaldamboy

      Birdman is in the business of making money. I know that you don't make any so you wouldn't know the feeling. However, Birdman doesn't buy tons of this artists CDs or pay the radio to play them or pay MTV to nominate them. How would he make money by doing that? Sounds like a way to LOSE money. The truth is that people like YMCMB becuase they embody the American spirit. If you work hard and gind, you can making something of yourself.

  • Anonymous

    damn right, haters come out in full force. this some bullshit!!!!

  • youngsta

    let the hate begin in 3, 2, 1...

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