When it comes to the MTV Video Music Awards 2012 nominations, not everyone was as lucky as Rihanna and Drake. While the former flames racked up quite a few noms for their respective (and shared) clips, there are plenty more artists who got shafted this time around. Most surprisingly, some some of the biggest ladies in music, all who have made extremely memorable appearances at VMAs past, were entirely snubbed.
Apparently, 2012 isn’t a good year for four of the most powerful ladies in pop. VMAs queen Madonna got zilch for both her Super Bowl romp “Give Me All Your Luvin’” and black-and-white homoerotic visuals for “Girl Gone Wild”. Britney Spears, who was honored with the Video Vanguard Award last year, had her “Criminal” clip forgotten. Taylor Swift, winner of 2009′s Best Female Video (to Kanye’s chagrin), is MIA from this year’s nominations, though she released videos for her singles “Ours” and “Safe & Sound”.
And though Lady Gaga‘s (or should we say Jo Calderone‘s) “You And I” performance at last year’s VMAs was a standout, the single’s video didn’t make a big enough statement to get nominated. As for her autobiographical, self-masturbatory epic “Marry The Night”, it was overlooked by the VMAs as much as it was on the charts.
Elsewhere, some artists only received far less lods than we expected. Lana Del Rey receieved one lone nomination, and it was in a technical category — Best Cinematography for “Born To Die.” And despite possibly releasing more music videos than anyone, Chris Brown is pretty much absent here, save for a Best Male Video and Choreography nod for “Turn Up The Music.”