Rihanna, Drake Lead MTV Video Music Award Nominations
Rihanna, Drake Lead MTV Video Music Award Nominations

One Direction, Alicia Keys set to perform at the September ceremony.

The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards nominations are out, and Rihanna and Drake are leading the pack with five nods each. Last year's big winner Katy Perry isn't far behind, with four nominations.

Rihanna has two chances to win for Video of the Year: she's nominated both for her hit "We Found Love" and for her duet with Drake, "Take Care." Others in the category include Katy Perry, who took home the top prize "Firework" last year and is up this year for "Wide Awake"; Gotye for his Hot 100 champ "Somebody That I Used To Know"; and M.I.A. for her comeback single "Bad Girls."

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Another stacked category is the Best New Artist showdown, which features a pair of boy bands (One Direction and The Wanted), two Hot 100 toppers (fun. and Carly Rae Jepsen), and R&B It guy Frank Ocean, whose Odd Future compatriot, Tyler, The Creator, took the prize last year. Ocean's "Swim Good" will compete with Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend," Drake's 'Take Care," Chris Brown's "Turn Up The Music" and Usher's "Climax" in the R&B-heavy Best Male Video category (and yes, Drizzy and Breezy will square off in that one once again).

The VMAs have also unveiled two brand new categories: tipping its cap to the EDM explosion, Best Electronic Dance Music Video will pit artists like Skrillex, Avicii and Calvin Harris against each other. Meanwhile, Best Video With a Message honors clips with powerful messages, like Demi Lovato's "Skyscraper," Kelly Clarkson's "Dark Side," and, of course, Lil Wayne's "How To Love."

The show will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 6, and will feature performances from four-time VMA winner Alicia Keys and One Direction, up for best pop video for their hit "What Makes You Beautiful."

Full List of 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees:

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 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 f/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 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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