Rihanna, Drake Lead VMA Nominations
By LaDale Anderson
Jul 31, 2012 - 6:26:44 AM

HOLLYWOOD—The 2012 MTV Video Music Award Nominations are out. Leading the pack this year is pop-songstress Rihanna and rapper Drake who captured five nominations apiece, including Video of the Year.  Rihanna’s “We Found Love” will battle against Drake’s “Take Care” which featured Rihanna.  Other contenders for Video of the Year include Goyte's “Somebody That I Used To Know,” Katy Perry's “Wide Awake” and M.I.A.'s “Bad Girls.”


For Best Male Video, the contenders include Drake feat. Rihanna's “Take Care,” Justin Bieber's “Boyfriend,” Frank Ocean's “Swim Good,” Usher's “Climax” and Chris Brown's “Turn Up the Music.”  For Best Female Video, the nominees are Beyonce's “Love on Top,” Rihanna's “We Found Love,” Katy Perry's “Part of Me,” Nicki Minaj's “Starships,” and Selena Gomez & The Scene's “Love You Like a Love Song.”


For Best Pop Video, Rihanna once again finds herself in the midst of some stiff competition for her video “We Found Love,” which will battle against Justin Bieber's “Boyfriend,” One Direction's “What Makes You Beautiful,” Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa's “Payphone” and Fun feat. Janelle Monae's “We Are Young.”  This is definitely a tough category. If the public is voting, this is hands down Justin Bieber’s award. If not, it’ll be tough to crown a victor.

Drake is nominated for 5 Video Music Awards including Video of the Year.


Nominees for Best Rock Video include The Black Keys' “Lonely Boy,” Linkin Park's “Burn it Down,” Jack White's “Sixteen Saltines,” Coldplay's “Paradise” and Imagine Dragons' “It’s Time.”  Best Video With a Message contenders include Kelly Clarkson's “Dark Side,” Demi Lovato's “Skyscraper,” Gym Class Heroes' “The Fighter,” Rise Against's “Ballad of Hollis Brown,” K’Naan feat. Nelly Furtado's “Is Anybody Out There?” and Lil’ Wayne's “How to Love.”


For Best Choreography, Beyonce’s “Love on Top,” will battle against Rihanna's “Where Have You Been,” Chris Brown's “Turn Up the Music,” Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull's “Dace Again” and Avicii's “Le7els.”  This is a race between Beyonce and Chris Brown.


Nominees for Best Hip-Hop Video include Drake feat. Lil’ Wayne's “HYFR,” The Throne's “ Paris,” Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz's “Beez in the Trap,” Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz's “Mercy” and Childish Gambino's “Heartbeat.”


For Best New Artist, Carly Rae Jepsen is the one to beat with her infectious “Call Me Maybe,” but she will face competition from Fun feat. Janelle Monae's “We Are Young,” Frank Ocean's “Swim Good,” The Wanted's “Glad You Came” and One Direction's “What Makes You Beautiful.”  I have a feeling Jepsen will win this award. 


The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards will be held on Thursday, September 6 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.  The ceremony will air live at 9pm on MTV.  One Direction is already slated to perform on the big night, alongside R&B powerhouse Alicia Keys. Other performers are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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