MTV VMA Nominations Released: Rihanna And Drake Might Sweep Everyone

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MTV VMA Nominations Released: Rihanna And Drake Might Sweep Everyone
Looks like it’s going to be a Rihanna and Drake show this year—between them they’ve been nominated for fourteen moon men: five each in the higher profile categories like Video of the Year (Rihanna and Drake’s “Take Care” and RiRi’s “We Found Love”), Best Hip-Hop Video (Drake and Lil Wayne’s “HYFR“), Best Male Video (“Take Care”) and Best Female Video (“We Found Love”), plus a bunch in the less known and less televised categories like Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography.

And in a highly symbolic battle for the heart of yachting Rihanna, Chris Brown and Drake are both nominate for Best Male Video. Frank Ocean is also up for the award, so he could very well trump both of them—and then whose acceptance speech will we painstakingly analyze for innuendo and snark?

Also exciting is the announcement that Alicia Keys will be debuting a new song at this year’s ceremony, and the last time she did that the world was given “No One”, and it was a much better place for it. UK superboyband One Direction will also be performing, which is probably much to Miley Cyrus’ excitement. They’re also nominated for Best New Artist for the first time.

The VMA’s will be broadcast live on September 6 at 8 pm ET/PT, and you can vote for your favorite videos/love triangles over at MTV now!

FULL NOMINATIONS 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”
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 (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”
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 & 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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