MTV has officially announced the nominees for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards and unveiled the first two VMA performers.
Set to rock this year’s show, airing live on Sept 7 at 8am, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, is four-time VMA Award-winner Alicia Keys, who will premiere a new song from her upcoming album and the British boy band phenoms, One Direction, who are first-time VMA performers and nominees.
“Debuting a new song at the VMA is definitely special. I debuted No One at the VMA — it was the first time anyone in the world heard it” says Keys. “It’s the perfect setting. It’s the right energy and 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!”
Rihanna and Drake lead the charge with an impressive five VMA nominations each, including the coveted, Video of the Year for her hit We Found Love as well as their joint smash, Take Care.
While Drake received additional nods for Best Hip Hop Video, Best Male Video, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography, Rihanna racked up additional nods for Best Female Video, Best Choreography, Best Visual Effects and Best Pop Video.
Katy Perry follows as a close second with four VMA nods. Additionally, with the worldwide explosion of EDM, a new category for Best Electronic Dance Music Video has been added.
Other notable VMA nominees include Kanye West, Gotye, Black Keys, Beyonce, Skrillex, Frank Ocean, Fun., Watch The Throne, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Lana Del Ray, Avicii, One Direction, Childish Gambino and Usher.
The list of nominees for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards is at www.mtv.com/news/articles/1690827/video-music-awards-nominees-list-2012.jhtml
You can view the list and vote for your favourite artiste at www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/2012.
The awards show will air on MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels, reaching more than 600 million households around the world as well as through syndication.
Don’t forget to catch the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards live on Sept 7 at 8am on MTV (Astro Channel 713). Repeats on Sept 8 (3pm), Sept 9 (1am), Sept 10 (12pm and 1am), Sept 11 (8.30pm), Sept 12 (4pm) and Sept 13 (midnight).