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Rihanna, Drake Lead 2012 MTV VMA Nominations 

The UK's very own One Direction & Alicia Keys will also perform...

The nominations for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards are in, with Rihanna and Drake leading the pack with five nods each.

RiRi has been named in the coveted Video of the Year category for her worldwide smash hit We Found Love, as well as Take Care - her collaboration with Drizzy.

The Bajan babe has also racked up additional nods for Best Female Video, Best Choreography, Best Visual Effects and Best Pop Video.


Drake also received additional nods for Best Hip Hop Video, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Male Video - where he will battle it out with rival, Chris Brown.

Katy Perry follows as a close second with four VMA nods. Other notable VMA nominees this year include Kanye WestGotye, The Black Keys, Justin Bieber and Beyoncé.

Skrillex, Frank Ocean, fun., The Throne, Chris Brown, Lana Del ReyAviciiOne Direction, Childish Gambino and Usher have also received nominations.


As well as being first-time VMA nominees, 1D will also perform at the event, while four-time VMA stage veteran Alicia Keys is also set to take to the stage.

MTV will announce additional performers and presenters on a later date.

The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards are due to take place on 6th September at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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"

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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"

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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"

‪Beyonce, "Love on Top"‬

‪Nicki Minaj, "Starships"

‪Selena Gomez & The Scene, "Love You Like a Love Song"

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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"

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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"
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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"

‪Beyonce, "Countdown"

‪Avicii, "Le7els"

‪Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull, "Dance Again"
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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"

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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"

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Best Editing

‪Beyonce, "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"

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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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