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2012 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees Announced

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The nominees for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards have been released, and it’s time to cast your votes. Along with frontrunners Rihanna and Drake (who were nominated in a whopping five categories each), several other bands and artists received multiple nominations, including Coldplay, Gotye, fun., M.I.A., Skrillex and more.

This year’s VMAs will take place on Sept. 6 at 8:00PM ET at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Of all the various categories, the highly-esteemed Video of the Year award could be the most hotly contested. Among the nominees are Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know,’ M.I.A.’s ‘Bad Girls,’ Katy Perry‘s ‘Wide Awake,’ Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’ and Drake and Rihanna’s ‘Take Care’ collaboration.

Voting for the VMAs began earlier today (July 31) and will run through Aug. 24. Viewers can place their votes by visiting this website or via their mobile devices. Additionally, votes for Best New Artist can be submitted by texting “BNA” to 22444 or through MTV’s official Facebook page. Texting “VMA” to 22444 will put you in the running to win a trip to next year’s VMAs.

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 Male Video

Justin Bieber, ‘Boyfriend’
Frank Ocean, ‘Swim Good’
Drake feat. Rihanna, ‘Take Care’
Chris Brown, ‘Turn Up the Music’
Usher, ‘Climax’

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 Art Direction

Katy Perry, ‘Wide Awake’
Drake feat. Rihanna, ‘Take Care’
Lana Del Rey, ‘Born to Die’
Regina Spektor, ‘All the Rowboats’
Of Monsters and Men, ‘Little Talks’

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’

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