MTV Video Music Awards 2012: Nominees List


On Thursday, many of the biggest names in music will be on hand for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, airing live from Los Angeles at 8PM ET.

Who will walk away a winner? Rihanna could add a number of Moonmen to her collection, as the 24-year-old pop sensation nabbed five nominations on July 31, including two in the category of Video of the Year.

Also picking up five nominations was Rihanna's 'Take Care' cohort Drake, who will duke it out in the categories of Video of the Year, Best Hip Hop Video, Best Male Video, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography, respectively.

Who else is competing for prizes?

Close behind was Katy Perry, who racked up an impressive four nominations, including ones for Video of the Year ('Wide Awake') and Best Female Video ('Part of Me').'

Rounding out the Video of the Year category are Gotye, for "Somebody That I Used to Know"; and M.I.A., for "Bad Girls."

Need a refresher on all of the categories? Check out the full list of nominees, below, then be sure to watch the 2012 VMAs, only on MTV.

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 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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  • Lilis

    Karen - Wow such a beautiful colpue and amazing wedding!! How fun to have the ocean and sunshine right there on such a special day. The photos also capture lots of fun moments where every one seems to be enjoying the humor, laughs, and that loving feeling !! Such a lovely bride she has amazing eyes like her sister!! May this charming colpue be blessed with many happy years and these awesome photos to cherish for all time!!

  • SIN

    Linkin Park is th ONLY rock band in this category. They have to win it. Coldplay in the Rock category????

  • SIN

    every one of the Best Pop Video is pathetic.

  • SIN

    Best Female video has to go to Katy Perry. The others are pitiful at best.

  • SIN

    Those are the ones that were selected for Best Male Video?!!? Total Garbage.