MTV Video Music Awards 2012: list of nominations

Only Girl in the World? Rihanna leading the way at the MTV VMAs
Only Girl in the World? Rihanna leading the way at the MTV VMAs

Just as we thought awards season was drawing to a close, the MTV Video Music Awards nominations have been announced, and it promises to be quite a show.

While Rihanna and Drake lead the way with five nominations each, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj are amongst the big names also up for gongs.

Flying the flag for British acts are the One Direction boys, who are nominated for Best Pop Video and Best New Artist.

It could be a battle of the Brits as The Wanted are also up for Best New Artist.

Coldplay are nominated in the Best Rock Video category, while Adele’s Someone Like You video is up for Best Cinematography.

Scottish musical maestro Calvin Harris is nominated for Best Electronic Dance Music Video.

Alicia Keys is set to perform her new single at the show, while One Direction will also take to the stage for an eXtra special performance – scream girls.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were rumoured to have been lined up to present an award at the glittering event, which takes place on September 7 in LA, but somehow we don’t think that will be happening anymore…

Check out the full list of 2012 VMA nominations here:

Best Pop Video
fun. f/ Janelle Monae - We Are Young
Justin Bieber - Boyfriend
Maroon 5 f/ Wiz Khalifa - Payphone
One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
Rihanna - We Found Love

Best Rock Video
The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
Coldplay - Paradise
Imagine Dragons - It's Time
Jack White - Sixteen Saltines
Linkin Park - Burn It Down

Best Hip-Hop Video
Childish Gambino - Heartbeat
Drake f/ Lil Wayne - HYFR
Kanye West f/ Pusha T, Big Sean, and 2 Chainz - Mercy
Nicki Minaj f/ 2 Chainz - Beez in the Trap
The Throne - Paris

Best New Artist
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
Frank Ocean - Swim Good
fun. f/ Janelle Monae - We Are Young
One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
The Wanted - Glad You Came

Best Female Video
Beyoncé - Love on Top
Katy Perry - Part of Me
Nicki Minaj - Starships
Rihanna - We Found Love
Selena Gomez & The Scene - Love You Like a Love Song

Best Male Video
Chris Brown - Turn Up the Music
Drake f/ Rihanna - Take Care
Frank Ocean - Swim Good
Justin Bieber - Boyfriend
Usher – Climax

Best Electronic Dance Music Video
Avicii - Le7els
Calvin Harris - Feels So Close
Duck Sauce - Big Bad Wolf
Martin Solveig - The Night Out
Skrillex - First of the Year (Equinox)

Best Video with a Message
Demi Lovato - Skyscraper
Gym Class Heroes f/ Ryan Tedder - The Fighter
Kelly Clarkson - Dark Side
K'Naan f/ Nelly Furtado - Is Anybody Out There?
Lil Wayne - How to Love
Rise Against - Ballad of Hollis Brown

Video of the Year
Drake f/ Rihanna - Take Care
Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know
Katy Perry - Wide Awake
M.I.A. - Bad Girls
Rihanna - We Found Love

Best Art Direction
Drake f/ Rihanna - Take Care
Katy Perry - Wide Awake
Lana Del Rey - Born to Die
Of Monsters & Men - Little Talks
Regina Spektor - All the Rowboats

Best Choreography
Avicii - Le7els
Beyoncé - Countdown
Chris Brown - Turn Up the Music
Jennifer Lopez f/ Pitbull - Dance Again
Rihanna - Where Have You Been

Best Cinematography
Adele - Someone Like You
Coldplay f/ Rihanna - Princess of China
Drake f/ Rihanna - Take Care
Lana Del Rey - Born to Die
M.I.A. - Bad Girls

Best Direction
Coldplay f/ Rihanna - Princess of China
Duck Sauce - Big Bad Wolf
Frank Ocean - Swim Good
M.I.A. - Bad Girls
The Throne - Otis

Best Editing
A$AP Rocky - Goldie
Beyoncé - Countdown
Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know
Kanye West f/ Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz - Mercy
The Throne - Paris

Best Visual Effects
David Guetta f/ Nicki Minaj - Turn Me On
Katy Perry - Wide Awake
Linkin Park - Burn It Down
Rihanna - Where Have You Been
Skrillex - First of the Year (Equinox)

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