Rihanna and Drake lead MTV VMAs 2012

Rihanna and Drake lead the MTV Video Music Awards 2012 with five nominations each.

The singer and rapper share a nod in the Best Video category, for their collaboration ‘Take Care’, while Rihanna also has another nomination in the coveted section, for her ‘We Found Love’ single. Also nominated for Best Video are Katy Perry for ‘Wide Awake’, Gotye for ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ and M.I.A. for her song ‘Bad Girls’.

Katy is second in the nominations list with four nods, while artists including M.I.A. and Coldplay have three each.

Scoring their first ever nominations at the event are artists including The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen, A$AP Rocky, Frank Ocean and Gotye.

The awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on September 7, and feature performances from Alicia Keys – who will sing an entirely new track – and boy band One Direction.

Alicia said: ‘’Debuting a new song at the VMAs is definitely special. I debuted ’No One’ at the VMAs – it was the first time anyone in the world heard it.

’’It’s the perfect setting. It’s the right energy. It’s the right vibe. People are so excited about the night of music and hearing different styles that it just goes over really well. I can’t wait!’’

MTV Video Music Awards 2012, full list of nominations:

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

Copyright: Bang Showbiz 2012

Tuesday, 31. July 2012