Drake and Rihanna Lead VMA Nominations

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Drake and Rihanna Lead VMA Nominations

Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and more are among the nominees.

Published July 31, 2012

It's that time of year again when music's most visually inclined artists get their turn at the podium. Nominees for MTV's annual Video Music Awards were announced today, and the list of memorable clips was dominated by Drake and Rihanna — both of whom received five nominations each.

Other nominees include Katy Perry with four nods as well as Beyoncé, Watch the Throne (Kanye West and Jay-Z), Frank Ocean, M.I.A. and Coldplay with three nods a piece.

Find out who will win the golden popcorn on September 6 at 8 p.m. ET, when the VMAs air live on MTV. Check out a sampling of the 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 Choreography

Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”

Rihanna, “Where Have You Been”
Beyoncé, “Countdown”
Avicii, “Le7els”
Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull, “Dance Again”



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Written by Reggie Ugwu


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