Rihanna, Drake lead with five MTV VMA nominations each

Rihanna and Drake reaped a leading five bids each for the upcoming 29th annual edition of the MTV Video Music Awards. Our forum posters are already dishing the nominations — join in the discussion here

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Rihanna appears on two entries in the top category of Video of the Year — “We Found Love” and “Take Care,” her collaboration with Drake. She also contends for Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, Best Choreography and Best Visual Effects.

Drake also received additional nods for Best Male Video (as did his rival Chris Brown), Best Hip Hop Video, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography.

Last year’s big winner Katy Perry earned four VMA nods, including a Video of the Year bid for “Wide Awake.”

Other multiple VMA nominees this year include Beyonce, Justin Bieber, The Black Keys, Gotye and Kanye West.

This year’s kudocast will air live across the MTV network of channels on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. EST from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Performers include four-time VMA winner Alicia Keys and rookie nominees One Direction.

Video of the Year
‪Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
‪Gotye, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
‪M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
‪Rihanna, “We Found Love”‪ ‬

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 Male Video
Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
‪Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
‪Usher, “Climax”

Best Female Video
Beyonce, “Love on Top”‬
‪Selena Gomez & The Scene, “Love You Like a Love Song”
‪Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
‪Katy Perry, “Part of Me”
‪Rihanna, “We Found Love”

Best Pop Video
‪Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
‪Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
‪Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”
‪One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
‪Rihanna, “We Found Love”

Best Rock Video
‪The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
‪Coldplay, “Paradise”
‪Imagine Dragons, “It’s Time”
‪Linkin Park, “Burn it Down”
‪Jack White, “Sixteen Saltines”

Best Hip-Hop Video‪
‪Childish Gambino, “Heartbeat”
‪Drake feat. Lil Wayne, “HYFR”
Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz, “Beez in the Trap”
‪Watch the Throne, “Paris”
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz, “Mercy”

Best Electronic Dance Music Video‬
Avicii, “Le7els”‬
Duck Sauce, “Big Bad Wolf”
‪Calvin Harris, “Feel So Close”
‪Skrillex, “First of the Year (Equinox)”
‪Martin Solveig, “The Night Out”‪

Best Video With a Message
‪Kelly Clarkson, “Dark Side”
‪Gym Class Heroes, “The Fighter”
K’Naan feat. Nelly Furtado, “Is Anybody Out There?”
‪Demi Lovato, “Skyscraper”
‪Rise Against, “Ballad of Hollis Brown”
Lil Wayne, “How to Love”

Best Art Direction‬
‪Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
‪Of Monsters & Men, “Little Talks”
‪Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
‪Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die”
‪Regina Spektor, “All the Rowboats”

Best Choreography‬
‪Avicii, “Le7els”
‪Beyonce, “Countdown”
‪Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
‪Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull, “Dance Again”
‪Rihanna, “Where Have You Been”

Best Cinematography‬‪
Adele, “Someone Like You”
‪Coldplay feat. Rihanna, “Princess of China”
‪Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
‪M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
‪Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die”

Best Direction‬
‪Coldplay feat. Rihanna, “Princess of China”‪
Duck Sauce, “Big Bad Wolf”
‪M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
‪Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
‪Watch the Throne, “Otis”

Best Editing
‪A$AP Rocky, “Goldie”
‪Beyonce, “Countdown”
‪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
‪David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, “Turn Me On”
‪Linkin Park, “Burn it Down”‬
‪Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
‪Rihanna, “Where Have You Been”

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