2012 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations: The Complete List

11:58 AM PST 07/31/2012 by Sophie Schillaci

Rihanna and Drake lead in noms as the annual ceremony introduces a new Electronic Music category. Also on tap for the Sept. 6 event: performances by Alicia Keys and One Direction.

The MTV Video Music Award nominations are in, and it looks like viewers can expect to see plenty of Rihanna and Drake at this year’s ceremony.

The duo earned five noms a piece, with their duet “Take Care” up for Video of the Year, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. Facing off in the night’s top category, Video of the Year, is Rih’s “We Found Love” clip, Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” and Katy Perry’s Labyrinth-esque “Wide Awake.”

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Chris Brown is also represented in the newly-released list, securing two nominations for Best Male Video and Best Choreography for "Turn Up the Music."

MTV also announced on Monday that fan favorites One Direction will perform at the ceremony, airing live from L.A.’s Staples Center on Thursday, Sept. 6. Alicia Keys is also set to debut a brand new song live on stage during the show, with her next studio album to be released shortly thereafter.  

In addition to performing, One Direction will also vie for their first moonman in the Best New Artist category, which also features fun., Carly Rae Jepsen, Frank Ocean and fellow Brit boy band The Wanted.

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In an effort to reflect the evolving pop music landscape, the VMAs’ voting academy has introduced the first ever Best Electronic Dance Music Video category, with Duck Sauce, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Martin Solveig and Aviccii grabbing nominations. Curiously, EDM staple David Guetta will not be honored in the category, though he is up for Best Visual Effects for his NIcki MInaj collaboration, "Turn Me On."

Who will take home the coveted trophies on Sept. 9? Voting is now open at vma.mtv.com online or on m.mtv.com on mobile devices. Voting for each category, except Best New Artist, which remains open throughout the show, will end on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

For a complete list of nominations, see 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 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"

Email: Sophie.Schillaci@thr.com; Twitter: @SophieSchillaci

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