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In a sign of the times, there’s a new category this year: Best Electronic Dance Music Video.

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MTV has announced the nominees for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, and leading the field are Rihanna and Drake, with five nods apiece, including Video of the Year. Rihanna’s nominated clip is for “We Found Love,” but she also shares a nomination with Drake for their joint smash “Take Care.” Also up for the top prize are Katy Perry's "Wide Awake," Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" and M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls." Perry has four noms.

The Best New Artist nominees are Frank Ocean for "Swim Good," Fun. for "We Are Young," Carly Rae Jepsen for "Call Me Maybe," The Wanted for "Glad You Came" and 1D for "What Makes You Beautiful."

And in a sign of the times, there’s a new category this year: Best Electronic Dance Music Video.

Alicia Keys and One Direction were named as the first two acts to perform on the show. Said Keys, who will perform a song from her upcoming RCA album, "Debuting a new song at the VMAs is definitely special. I debuted ‘No One’ at the VMAs— it was the first time anyone in the world heard ‘No One,’ says Keys. “It’s the perfect setting. It’s the right energy. It’s the right vibe. People are so excited about the night of music and hearing different styles that it just goes over really well. I can’t wait!”
 
Beginning Tuesday, July 31, at 6:00 a.m. ET, viewers can vote for general VMA categories, including Video of the Year and Best New Artist, and more by going to vma.mtv.com online or m.mtv.com on their mobile phones. Best New Artist is also available for voting via all wireless carrier subscribers by texting BNA to 22444 or by visiting MTV’s official Facebook page. voters that text VMA to 22444 are automatically entered into a sweepstakes to win a trip to next year’s VMAs.

Voting for Best New Artist will continue through the show, while the voting for all other categories ends on Aug. 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Verizon subscribers can vote on all categories via SMS by texting VMA to 22444.
 
The VMAs will be telecast on Sept. 6 from the Staples Center.

Here’s the complete list of 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 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 and 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 and 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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