The nominations for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards were announced yesterday, along with the first two performers for the event, which will air live on MTV Sept. 6 at 8pm ET from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
British boy band phenoms One Direction, who are first-time VMA nominees, will also make their first VMA performance at the event.
Also announced as a performer was Alicia Keys, who will again be debuting a new song at the VMAs.
“Debuting a new song at the VMAs is definitely special,” says Keys. “I debuted ‘No One’ at the VMAs — it was the first time anyone in the world heard ‘No One.’ 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!”
Speaking of those different styles, those were encompassed by the various nominees. Rihanna and Drake led the way with five nominations apiece, including Drake’s Video of the Year nod for the smash, “Take Care,” which featured Rihanna. Rihanna received her own Video of the Year nomination for her hit, “We Found Love.” Drake received additional nominations for Best Hip Hop Video, Best Male Video, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography, while Rihanna received further nods for Best Female Video, Best Choreography, Best Visual Effects and Best Pop Video.
Katy Perry was close behind with four nominations, and there was a five-way tie for three nominations: Beyoncé, Coldplay, M.I.A., Frank Ocean and Watch the Throne. A new category was added this year, Best Electronic Dance Music Video. MTV says further presenters and performers will be announced later.
UPDATE 8/21/12: Other performers announced for the VMAs include Taylor Swift, who will be performing a new song off her fourth studio album Red for the first time; Green Day; and P!nk. Confirmed presenters at the VMAs are Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and the “Fierce Five” 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team. Actor/comedian Kevin Hart has been named host of the event.
UPDATE 8/27/12: MTV has announced Rihanna and Frank Ocean will perform at the VMAs (Ocean making his VMA debut). Additionally, The Wanted, Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones, 2 Chainz and Ke$ha have been added as presenters.
UPDATE 9/6/12: MTV announced that Rihanna will kick off the VMAs with A$AP Rocky; Nicki Minaj will perform as a surprise guest with previously announced artist 2 Chainz; and Lil Wayne will perform the worldwide premiere of his brand-new single.
Viewers can vote for general VMA categories, including Video of the Year, Best New Artist and more at vma.mtv.com online, or at m.mtv.com on mobile phones. Best New Artist is available for voting via all wireless carrier subscribers by texting BNA to 22444 or by visiting MTV’s official Facebook page. Voting for all VMA categories, except Best New Artist, ends Aug. 24 at 6pm ET. Voting for Best New Artist continues through the show, live on Sept. 6.
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