MTV Video Music Awards 2012: The Nominations

“Take Care” pair Rihanna and Drake woke up to find that they’ve landed the most MTV Video Music Awards nominations this year, including Video Of The Year. In fact, RiRi has two vids in that category — “Take Care” and “We Found Love”. Both Rihanna and Drizzy stand to win five moon men themselves, though the Barbadian diva’s videos scored another four technical nods (such as Best Visual Effects  and Best Choreography for “Where Have You Been” and Best Direction and Best Cinematography for her Coldplay collab “Princess Of China”).

Rival UK boy bands One Direction and The Wanted will once again slug it out, this time to see who nabs Best New Artist (their other competition: fun., Carly Rae Jepsen and Frank Ocean). Meanwhile, 1D’s “What Makes You Beautiful” video was also recognized in the Best Pop Video area. Catch the full list of VMA noms 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 (feat. 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 & 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”

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