Time To Vote - MTV Releases VMA's Full Nominee List

July 31, 2012 By:

Is it already time for the MTV Video Music Awards? Gosh, it feels like yesterday that Beyonce was debuting her baby bump at the 2011 VMA’s and now it’s already time to do it again.

This year's nominees get off to a strange start. Back in the day, the VMA’s were the playground for stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, but now Hip-Hop reigns supreme.

This year, it’s a battle between Rihanna, Drake, Chris Brown, and Katy Perry. Basically, our favorite love triangle plus Katy Perry.

Rihanna is nominated in five categories including “Video Of The Year” and “Best Female Video” and “Best Pop Video.”

Even indie-pop artist M.I.A got a lot of action. Her video for “Bad Girls” racked in nominations for “Video of the Year,” “Best Cinematography” and “Best Direction.”

I mean, I liked M.I.A’s video as much as the next guy, but who actually watched that video in its entirety? After she ran around on top of a car for the umpteenth minute, I was kind of over it.

Best New Artist is an interesting mix of expected artists. Fun. Carly Rae Jepsen, Frank Ocean, One Direction, and The Wanted are all nominated in the category and I want to guess that Carly Rae Jepsen will walk with the prize for her ubiquitous “Call Me Maybe” but since Frank Ocean’s buddy and collaborator Tyler, The Creator stole the award at last year's show, this year’s Best New Artist will most likely go to the deserving Frank Ocean.

The show will also be a big night for One Direction. The boys have been announced as performers for the night making this their first ever VMA performance.

“I think performing at the VMA is such a huge occasion,” says Liam Payne, “I think it ranks up there with one of the best performances we’ll do so far.”

Alicia Keys has also been announced as a performer, but in comparison to One Direction you might as well have told me that Chaka Khan was performing. Snooze. There are also a grip of still to be named performers slated for the awards show.

See which of your favorite videos were nominated or snubbed below.

Voting for the nominees is open now at VMA.MTV.com and voting will close August 24 at 6 p.m. ET

The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday September 6 at 8pm.

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”