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July 31, 2012
RIHANNA + DRAKE Lead the MTV Video Awards Nominations!

The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards nominations are out, and Rihanna and Drake are leading the pack with five nods 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, “Take Care.” Others in the category include Katy Perry, who took home the top prize “Firework” last year and is up this year for “Wide Awake”; Gotye for his Hot 100 champ “Somebody That I Used To Know”; and M.I.A. for her comeback single “Bad Girls.”

Another stacked category is the Best New Artist showdown, which features a pair of boy bands (One Direction and The Wanted), two Hot 100 toppers (fun. and Carly Rae Jepsen), and R&B It guy Frank Ocean, whose Odd Future compatriot, Tyler, The Creator, took the prize last year. Ocean’s “Swim Good” will compete with Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” Drake’s ‘Take Care,” Chris Brown’s “Turn Up The Music” and Usher’s “Climax” in the R&B-heavy Best Male Video category (and yes, Drizzy and Breezy will square off in that one once again).

The VMAs have also unveiled two brand new categories: tipping its cap to the EDM explosion, Best Electronic Dance Music Video will pit artists like Skrillex, Avicii and Calvin Harris against each other. Meanwhile, Best Video With a Message honors clips with powerful messages, like Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Dark Side,” and, of course, Lil Wayne’s “How To Love.”

The show will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 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.”


Read more and see the Full List of Nominees at Billboard.com

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