Video Music Award Nominees Announced, We Were Right About a Couple Things

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Posted by on 07/31/2012 at 9:04 AM News

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And we say hell yeah, hell yeah, hell yeah, fuckin’ right, fuckin’ right, all right…OK, so we shouldn’t really brag about our predictions about the VMA nominees yesterday, since we were wrong about just as many as we were right, but we were still glad to see that Drake is indeed tied for the most-nominated artist at this year’s VMAs, with a combined five nods for his “Take Care” and “HYFR.” (Though if you count the guest appearances of his “Take Care” partner Rihanna, she has Drizzy whumped, with a staggering 11 nominations—oh well.)

Drake and Rihanna are also both represented in the most-prestigious Best Video category, for “Take Care’ and “We Found Love,” respectively. Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” was not the most-nominated video as we predicted—only two nods, really? Not even best art direction?–but it does also secure one of the Best Video nods, as does last year’s winner Katy Perry, for “Firework.”

And we were off on our prediction of Skrillex’s “First of the Year” as the recipient of the honorary “Super Cool Video That MTV Never Really Plays and Won’t Actually Win” slot in the Best Video category, as that role (justifiably) fell to M.I.A. for her stellar “Bad Girls” video. We were right in our prediction that the Best Dance Video category would be resurrected, however, and that it would be re-branded as “Best EDM Video.” (Well, Best Electronic Dance Music Video, technically, but we’re still chalking it up as a win.)

Other interesting names include three-time nominee Frank Ocean, whose “Swim Good” is up for Best Male Video and Best New Artist, and Childish Gambino, who somehow sneaks into the Best Hip-Hop Video for “Heartbeat” along with the far more predictable names of Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Drake and Jay-Z. Perhaps most disappointing is the lack of presence for Our Girl Carly Rae Jepsen, who scores just one nod for Best New Artist (probably the year’s most stacked category), even getting beat out for Best Female Video by Selena Gomez.

To be fair, the “Call Me Maybe” video is kinda lousy, but still…it’s friggin’ “Call Me Maybe”! Don’t be all too cool for school, MTV. Here’s the complete nist of nominations:

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”
Beyonce, “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”
Beyonce, “Countdown”
Avicii, “Le7els”
Jennifer Lopez f/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
Beyonce, “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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