MTV VMA 2012 Nominations Announced

Whether you enjoy MTV or not, they still are the only broadcasted award show on cable that honors music videos. This year’s VMAs will air on 9/6. There have been a slew of amazing videos within the last year or so, but I honestly do believe these nominations only cover a few of the better ones, including amazing M.I.A. “Bad Girls,” and Kanye West’s recent beautiful music video masterpiece, “Mercy.” It seems like MTV doesn’t realize the artistic purpose of music videos and instead would like to honor the popularity of artists even more so. Love or hate ’em, here are this year’s nominations:

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

Best New Artist:
Fun. – “We Are Young” (Feat. Janelle Monae)
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 – “HYFR” (Feat. Lil Wayne)
Kanye West – “Mercy” (feat. Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz)
The Throne – “Paris”
Nicki Minaj – “Beez in the Trap” (feat. 2 Chainz)

Best Male Video:
Justin Bieber – “Boyfriend”
Frank Ocean – “Swim Good”
Drake – “Take Care” (Feat. Rihanna)
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. – “We Are Young” (feat. Janelle Monae)
Rihanna – “We Found Love”
Justin Bieber – “Boyfriend”
Maroon 5 – “Payphone” (feat. Wiz Khalifa)

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 – “Is Anybody Out There?” (Feat. Nelly Furtado)
Lil Wayne – “How to Love”

Best Art Direction:
Katy Perry – “Wide Awake”
Drake – “Take Care” (Feat. Rihanna)
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”
Beyoncé – “Countdown”
Avicii – “Le7els”
Jennifer Lopez – “Dance Again” (feat. Pitbull)

Best Cinematography:
M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”
Adele – “Someone Like You”
Drake – “Take Care” (feat. Rihanna)
Coldplay – “Princess Of China” (feat. Rihanna)
Lana Del Rey – “Born To Die”

Best Direction:
M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”
Duck Sauce – “Big Bad Wolf”
Coldplay – “Princess Of China” (feat. Rihanna)
Frank Ocean – “Swim Good”
The Throne – “Otis”

Best Editing:
Beyoncé – “Countdown”
A$AP Rocky – “Goldie”
Gotye – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
The Throne – “Paris”
Kanye West – “Mercy” (feat. Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz)

Best Visual Effects:
Katy Perry – “Wide Awake”
Rihanna – “Where Have You Been”
David Guetta – “Turn Me On” (feat. Nicki Minaj)
Linkin Park – “BURN IT DOWN”
(via MTV)