The MTV Video Music Awards 2012 nominations were announced this morning, as were the first set of artists slated to perform during the September 6 festivities. Brit boy band One Direction, first time nominees for their “What Makes You Beautiful” clip, will take the stage, as will four time VMA winner Alicia Keys, who will premiere new material from her upcoming album.
“Debuting a new song at the VMAs is definitely special,” said Keys of her upcoming performance. “I debuted ‘No One’ at the VMAs – it was the first time anyone in the world heard ‘No One’. It’s the perfect setting. It’s the right energy. It’s the right vibe. People are so excited about the night of music and hearing different styles that it just goes over really well. I can’t wait!”