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2012 MTV Video Music Awards nominations announced

By Layne Weiss     Jul 31, 2012 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - The nominations for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards were announced Tuesday. Drake and Rihanna lead the nominees with 5 nominations a piece including (Video of the Year "We Found Love," "Take Care.").
Drake's "Take Care" is also nominated for Best Cinematography, HipHopDX reports.
Newcomer A$AP Rocky received a Best Editing nomination for "Goldie." Jay-Z and Kanye's West's "Paris," and Beyonce's "Countdown" also received nominations in that category.
According to The Hollywood Gossip, Odd Future singer Frank Ocean is nominated for two awards, and Katy Perry, last year's biggest winner, is up for 4 awards.
Fan voting for all general categories opened Tuesday morning at 6:30 am EST. Fans can vote online at or on their cell phones at
Best New Artist can be voted on through text or on MTV's official Facebook page. Verizon subscribers can vote on any category by texting "VMA" to 22444. MTV reports that all voters who text "VMA" to 22444 will automatically be entered into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2013 VMAs.
Voting for all categories besides Best New Artist category will be closed on August 24. Voting for the Best New Artist will continue throughout the show, which airs in Los Angeles on September 6 at 8 pm.
Nominations include (via :
Video of The Year:
Katy Perry, "Wide Awake"
Gotye, "Somebody that I used to know"
Rihanna, "We Found Love"
Drake ft. Rihanna, "Take Care"
MIA, "Bad Girls"
Best New Artist
Fun. ft. Janelle Monae,"We Are Young
Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"
Frank Ocean, "Swim Good"
One Direction, "That's What Makes You Beautiful"
The Wanted, "Glad You Came"
Best Hip-Hop Video
Childish Gambino, "Heartbeat"
Drake ft. Lil Wayne, "HYFR"
Kanye West ft. Pusha T, Big Sean, and 2 Chainz, "Mercy"
Kanye West and Jay-Z, N*ggas in Paris"
Nicki Minaj ft. 2 Chainz, "Beez in the Trap"
Best Male Video
Justin Bieber, "Boyfriend"
Frank Ocean, "Swim Good"
Drake ft. Rihanna, "Take Care"
Chris Brown, "Turn Up The Music"
Usher, "Climax"
Best Female Video
Rihanna, "We Found Love"
Katy Perry, "Part of Me"
Beyonce, "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. ft. Janelle Monaie, "We Are Young"
Rihanna, "We Found Love"
Justin Bieber, "Boyfriend"
Maroon 5 ft. Wiz Khalifa, "Payphone"
Best Rock Video
Coldplay, "Paradise"
The Black Keys, "Lonely Boys"
Linkin Park "BURN IT DOWN"
Jack White "Sixteen Saltines"
Imagine Dragons, "It's Time"
The complete list is available at
Singer Alicia Keys will host the ceremony, The New York Times reports.
The only performance announced so far is by British-Irish boy band One Direction. More performances should be announced soon.
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