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Rihanna and Drake lead MTV Video Awards nominations

The former lovers led the field with five nods apiece while Katy Perry landed four nominations

  • By August Brown Los Angeles Times
  • Published: 11:00 August 1, 2012
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  • Image Credit: EPA
  • epa03330055 (FILE) A file picture dated 27 March 2011 shows Canadian rapper Aubrey Drake Graham aka Drake hosting the 40th annual Juno Awards for Canadian music in Toronto, Canada. Nominations for the 29th annual MTV Video Music Awards were announced on 31 July 2012. Rihanna and Drake lead the field with five nominations each. The ceremony will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on 06 September 2012. EPA/SARAH DEA
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MTV announced the nominees for this year’s Video Music Awards, and there were clear leaders — and one eyebrow-raising omission.

Drake and Rihanna led the field with five nods apiece. The latter was heavily featured on Drake’s album Take Care, and the two frequently spur speculation about their relationship (most recently when Drake’s and Chris Brown’s posses erupted in a champagne-hurling brawl, reportedly over Rihanna). The two will each compete with Brown in different categories, Rihanna in choreography and Drake for male video.

Katy Perry landed four noms, while Coldplay, M.I.A., Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch the Throne and newcomer Frank Ocean scored three apiece.

The snub? Lady Gaga, the figurehead of last year’s ceremonies, got zero. She was eligible in two categories and earned much early praise for her extravagant, cinematic art-epics. Is this another sign she’s slipping in the pop milieu?

The always-eventful telecast takes place at Staples Centre on September 6 and will feature live performances by Alicia Keys and UK boy band phenom One Direction. The full nominee list is 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

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

Beyonce, 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

Beyonce, 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

The Throne, Otis

Best Editing

Beyonce, Countdown

A$AP Rocky, Goldie

Gotye, Somebody That I Used to Know

The Throne, Paris

Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean and 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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