Drake, Rihanna lead MTV VMA nods
July 31st, 2012
10:15 AM ET

Drake, Rihanna lead MTV VMA nods

Rihanna and Drake are used to collaborating on music together, but they'll be in competition at this year's MTV Video Music Awards.

The two music stars lead the pack of nominees this year, with both of them having five shots each at winning a statue.

They'll compete against one another for the Video of the Year honor, as Drake's clip for "Take Care" featuring Rihanna is going up against the songbird's music video for her single "We Found Love."

The other three competitors in that category are Katy Perry with "Wide Awake"; Gotye with "Somebody that I Used to Know"; and M.I.A. with "Bad Girls."

Rihanna's also up to win Best Female Video and Best Pop Video for "We Found Love," and her video for the song "Where Have You Been" scored nominations in the  Best Visual Effects and Best Choreography categories.

Drake's "Take Care" will also compete in the Best Male Video, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography categories, while his work with Lil Wayne, "HYFR," is nominated in the Best Hip-Hop Video category.

Katy Perry, meanwhile, received four nods this year, with Beyonce, Coldplay, Frank Ocean, M.I.A., and the Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration, Watch the Throne, each landing three.

The Best New Artist race looks to be a toss-up: Fun.'s "We Are Young" will battle it out with Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe"; Frank Ocean's "Swim Good”; One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful"; and The Wanted's "Glad You Came."

So far, Alicia Keys and pop band One Direction are among the announced acts slated to perform on a night that will see many other stars cross the stage, including nominees Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

The MTV Video Music Awards will air live on September 6 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. To see the full list of nominees, visit MTV.com.

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Filed under: Awards Season • MTV VMAs • Music • Rihanna • television

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  3. Shaun

    She came from Barbados to the United States and got the islands f**cked outta her. She is SO mainstream now that she isn't herself nor original.

    August 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lily

    oh ok

    August 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. I agree with Really Now?

    these two may make money, but they suck.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Big Daddy Cool

    She is so headed down the Whitney Houston Highway it's scary!

    August 2, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Clete

    In Looking at the picture of Drake, he reminds me of my dog...gives me the same look when he needs to go outside and do his "business".

    August 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dave G

    They got the photo wrong. That's Bababooey on the left.

    August 1, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. cheezy

    Got get it love birds!

    August 1, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • mothertoason

      Uh, she's back together with Chris Brown. Apparently she likes to get beat up.

      She's so freaking stupid and I refuse to listen to either her or Brown's music.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. MANZO

    i dont fancy them

    August 1, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. da neighborhood

    good couple.

    August 1, 2012 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. ant

    i really like rihanna.

    August 1, 2012 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. miquel

    muchos bonita

    August 1, 2012 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. tooch

    gee who will i be today?

    August 1, 2012 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. miquel


    August 1, 2012 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  16. anthony

    i got something you can spin on

    August 1, 2012 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  17. who cares

    rihanna? her voice gets on my nerves

    August 1, 2012 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
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    i don't like that guy... he can't sing and he makes too much money.

    August 1, 2012 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
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    I hate rihanna. she can't sing.

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  25. SquirrelGurl

    The artist that r up for nominations have issues. If u cant figure that out then u need to do more reading. Im over them

    August 1, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  26. brittany


    July 31, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Huicho

    I cant wait for The Spin Doctors performance that night!

    July 31, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Good L I B

    for now they are the best, like it or not.

    July 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Really Now

      U must love u some bieber u can't stop talking about him. The facts are all in the #'s and u can't help but feel stoooopid

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  29. talayia mitchell

    I feel like theses two are good in the music industry and anything is possible.

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  30. Really Now?

    I take back my stupidity.

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  31. warren

    Good for them! And dont really care! Give me ledisi jill and alicia any day!

    July 31, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  32. NewageMind

    Anyone that listens to music played on the radio are tools. The radio plays what they want you to listen to, and all of you fall for it. When an "artist" goes up to receive his/her award, be sure to listen to what they say. If they say, " I would like to thank my FANS", what they really mean is, " I would like to thank my TOOLS"..

    July 31, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really now?

      Incorrect. Billboard and soundscan control the rotation on the radio. The top 40 of each genre are played per the genre of the station. With other filler songs as well. Get a clue.

      July 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  33. tia

    Drake and rihanna are great singers (drake great rapper as well) no need to hate on their talent because obviously you dont have talent and you do not know what talent is. crawl in the corner and count how many flaws you have. if you dont like them why comment.

    July 31, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  34. ProperVillain

    YAWWWWNNNNNNNN. Boring music. Faux "edgy" awards ceremony. Has been network.

    July 31, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  35. @Really Now

    Go listen to some oldies because you are an idiot. They count more $$$ than you count wrinkles. Dumba$$

    July 31, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
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    @Really Now?You must be sixty and senile.

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  37. Fritzy

    She sounds like a robot to me. She scares me!

    July 31, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Joe

    Talk about a crap sandwich....

    July 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Really Now?

    What these two know about music might fill a thimble. What they know about making horrendous noise, slightly more. Notice how far apart Drake's eyes are? Truly a throwback to the Neanderthal era.

    July 31, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Candice

      Why did you have to dissect him on his looks?He can't help that,i'll bet you're unattractive as h*ll,and I know you're not talented.Congratulations Drake and Riahnna,you both are hot and talented.

      July 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Really Now

      Its quite clear you know nothing about music.

      July 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |

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