Rihanna, Drake lead 2012 VMA nominations with five each, Lady Gaga snubbed

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It’s the year of Rihanna and Drake at the MTV VMA awards.

The two-time collaborators (and on-and-off exes) lead all nominees with five a piece, including Video of the Year.  And for added drama, they’ll both be competing against Chris Brown in separate categories; Rihanna goes head-to-head with Brown for best Choreography and Drake faces Brown for best Male Video. (Rihanna is also featured guest in Drake’s heavily nominated “Take Care” as well as Coldplay’s “Princess of China,” which has two nominations.)

Runner-up Katy Perry earned four nods, while the Throne’s Jay-Z and Kanye, Beyoncé, Coldplay, M.I.A. and Frank Ocean all walked away with three.

Left off the list entirely? last year’s pseudo-host Lady Gaga — even though both her “Marry the Night” and “Yoü and I” videos were eligible.

This year’s ceremony will take place on Sept. 6 at the Staples Center in L.A. see the full list of 2012 VMA nominees after the jump:

Video of the YearKaty 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 ArtistFun. 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 VideoChildish Gambino, “Heartbeat”Drake feat. Lil Wayne, “HYFR”Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz, “Mercy”the Throne, “Paris”Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz, “Beez in the Trap”

Best Male VideoJustin Bieber, “Boyfriend”Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”Chris Brown, “Turn up the Music”Usher, “Climax”

Best Female VideoRihanna, “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 VideoOne 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 VideoColdplay, “Paradise”the Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”Linkin Park, “BURN IT DOWN”Jack White, “Sixteen Saltines”Imagine Dragons, “It’s Time”

Best Electronic Dance Music VideoDuck 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 MessageDemi 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 DirectionKaty 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 ChoreographyChris Brown, “Turn up the Music”Rihanna, “where Have you Been”Beyoncé, “Countdown”Avicii, “Le7els”Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull, “Dance Again”

Best CinematographyM.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 DirectionM.I.A., “bad Girls”Duck Sauce, “Big bad Wolf”Coldplay feat. Rihanna, “Princess of China”Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”the Throne, “Otis”

Best EditingBeyoncé, “Countdown”A$AP Rocky, “Goldie”Gotye, “somebody that I used to Know”the Throne, “Paris”Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz, “Mercy”

Best Visual EffectsKaty 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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Rihanna, Drake lead 2012 VMA nominations with five each, Lady Gaga snubbed


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