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MTV VMA Nominations Announced

Rihanna, Drake, M.I.A., and Frank Ocean, among others

The MTV Music Awards 2012 campaign has started. Yesterday, the nominations for the awards, which will be given on 6th September at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, were officially announced. You can check the nominees in each category and vote for your favourites by following this link. There you'll find people like Rihanna and Drake (both nominated for five awards), M.I.A. (in the Video of the Year category, for the Romain Gavras-directed “Bad Girls”, which is also competing for Best Cinematography and Best Direction), Lana Del Rey (two awards for the Yoann Lemoine-directed “Born To Die”), Jack White, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, and Frank Ocean, nominated for Best New Artist, among other things.

Here's the complete list of nominations:

Video of the Year:

    Drake (featuring Rihanna) — "Take Care"

    Gotye (featuring Kimbra) — "Somebody That I Used to Know"

    M.I.A. — "Bad Girls"

    Katy Perry — "Wide Awake"

    Rihanna (featuring Calvin Harris) — "We Found Love"

Best Male Video:

    Justin Bieber — "Boyfriend"

    Chris Brown — "Turn Up the Music"

    Drake (featuring Rihanna) — "Take Care"

    Frank Ocean — "Swim Good"

    Usher — "Climax"

Best Female Video:

    Beyoncé — "Love on Top"

    Katy Perry — "Part of Me"

    Nicki Minaj — "Starships"

    Rihanna — "We Found Love"

    Selena Gomez & the Scene — "Love You Like a Love Song"

Best New Artist:

    fun. (featuring Janelle Monáe) — "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 Pop Video:

    Justin Bieber — "Boyfriend"

    Fun. (featuring Janelle Monáe) — "We Are Young"

    Maroon 5 (featuring Wiz Khalifa) — "Payphone"

    One Direction — "What Makes You Beautiful"

    Rihanna (featuring Calvin Harris) — "We Found Love"

Best Rock Video:

    The Black Keys — "Lonely Boy"

    Coldplay — "Paradise"

    Imagine Dragons — "It's Time"

    Linkin Park — "Burn It Down"

    Jack White — "Sixteen Saltines"

Best Hip-Hop Video:

    Childish Gambino — "Heartbeat"

    Drake (featuring Lil Wayne) — "HYFR"

    Jay-Z and Kanye West — "Paris"

    Nicki Minaj (featuring 2 Chainz) — "Beez in the Trap"

    Kanye West (featuring Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz) — "Mercy"

Best Electronic Dance Music Video:

    Avicii — "Le7els"

    Duck Sauce — "Big Bad Wolf"

    Calvin Harris — "Feel So Close"

    Skrillex — "First of the Year (Equinox)"

    Martin Solveig — "The Night Out"

Best Direction in a Video:

    Coldplay (featuring Rihanna) — "Princess of China" (Director: Adria Petty)

    Duck Sauce — "Big Bad Wolf" (Director: Keith Schofield)

    Jay-Z and Kanye West (featuring Otis Redding) — "Otis" (Director: Spike Jonze)

    M.I.A. — "Bad Girls" (Director: Romain Gavras)

    Frank Ocean — "Swim Good" (Director: Nabil Elderkin)

Best Choreography in a Video:

    Avicii — "Le7els" (Choreographers: Richy Greenfield and Petro Papahadjopoulos)

    Beyoncé — "Countdown" (Choreographers: Danielle Polanco, Frank Gatson Jr., Beyoncé and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker)

    Chris Brown — "Turn Up the Music" (Choreographer: Anwar "Flii" Burton)

    Jennifer Lopez (featuring Pitbull) — "Dance Again" (Choreographer: JR Taylor)

    Rihanna — "Where Have You Been" (Choreographer: Hi-Hat)

Best Visual Effects in a Video:

    David Guetta (featuring Nicki Minaj) — "Turn Me On" (Visual Effects: Copa Network)

    Linkin Park — "Burn It Down" (Visual Effects: Ghost Town Media)

    Katy Perry — "Wide Awake" (Visual Effects: Ingenuity Engine)

    Rihanna — "Where Have You Been" (Visual Effects: George Lucas)

    Skrillex — "First of the Year (Equinox)" (Visual Effects: Deka Brothers and Tony T. Datis)

Best Art Direction in a Video:

    Lana Del Rey — "Born to Die" (Art Directors: Anna Brun and Audrey Malecot)

    Drake (featuring Rihanna) — "Take Care" (Art Director: Charles Infante)

    Of Monsters and Men — "Little Talks" (Art Director: Mihai Wilson)

    Katy Perry — "Wide Awake" (Art Director: Benji Bamps)

    Regina Spektor — "All the Rowboats" (Art Director: Anthony Henderson)

Best Editing in a Video:

    A$AP Rocky — "Goldie" (Editor: Samantha Lecca)

    Beyoncé — "Countdown" (Editors: Jeremiah Shuff and Alex Hammer)

    Gotye (featuring Kimbra) — "Somebody That I Used to Know" (Editor: Natasha Pincus)

    Jay-Z and Kanye West — "Paris" (Editor: unknown)

    Kanye West (featuring Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz) — "Mercy" (Editor: unknown)

Best Cinematography in a Video:

    Adele — "Someone Like You" (Director of Photography: David Johnson)

    Coldplay (featuring Rihanna) — "Princess of China" (Director of Photography: Stéphane Vallée)

    Lana Del Rey — "Born to Die" (Director of Photography: André Chemetoff)

    Drake (featuring Rihanna) — "Take Care" (Director of Photography: Kasper Tuxen)

    M.I.A. — "Bad Girls" (Director of Photography: André Chemetoff)

Best Video with a Message:

    Kelly Clarkson — "Dark Side"

    Gym Class Heroes — "The Fighter"

    K'naan (featuring Nelly Furtado) — "Is Anybody Out There?"

    Lil Wayne — "How to Love"

    Demi Lovato — "Skyscraper"

    Rise Against — "Ballad of Hollis Brown"

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