2012 MTV Video Music Awards – Rihanna & Drake Lead The Pack

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By Radar Staff

Rihanna and Drake will be the ones to beat at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in September.  The pair scored the most nominations Tuesday  — five nods each.

The Umbrella singer actually has two chances to take home the night’s biggest prize; she’s nominated for Video of the Year for her hit We Found Love and for her duet with Drizzy on his Take Care.

Last year’s big winner, Katy Perry, is not far behind with four nominations, including tor Video of the Year for Wide Awake, her not-too-transparent slap at ex-husband Russell Brand.

Beyoncé, Coldplay, Frank Ocean, M.I.A. and the Throne all scored three nods apiece.

The Best New Artist race includes Fun’s We Are Young, to Carly Rae Jepsen‘s infectious Call Me Maybe, Frank Ocean‘s Swim Good, One Direction‘s What Makes You Beautiful and the Wanted‘s Glad You Came.

Unlike most awards shows, the MTV Video Music Awards are chosen by the fans. Beginning Tuesday (July 31) at 6 AM EST, viewers can vote for general VMA categories, including Video of the Year, Best New Artist and more by visiting vma.mtv.com online or m.mtv.com on their mobile phone. In addition, Best New Artist is available for voting via all wireless carrier subscribers by texting BNA to 22444 or by visiting MTV’s official Facebook page.

Voting for all VMA categories, except Best New Artist, will end on August 24 at 6 p.m. ET. Voting for Best New Artist continues through the show.

This year’s show will air live on September 6 at 8 p.m. EST from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and feature performances from four-time VMA veteran Alicia Keys and VMA first-timers One Direction.

Full List of 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees:

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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