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Rihanna and Drake top MTV Video Music Awards nominations

Rihanna and Drake look set to steal the show at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards after picking up the lion's share of nominations.

The biggest prize of the evening - the Video of the Year trophy - will be a showdown between Rihanna (We Found Love), Drake featuring Rihanna (Take Care), Gotye (Somebody That I Used To Know), Katy Perry (Wide Awake) and M.I.A. (Bad Girls).


Elsewhere, the Bajan beauty will also battle it out for Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, Best Choreography and Best Visual Effects.


Drake, who was once romantically linked to the Umbrella hitmaker, was nominated in categories including Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Male Video - where he will go up against his rival, Chris Brown.


Close on their heels is Katy Perry with four nominations, while several acts including Beyonce, Coldplay, Frank Ocean and M.I.A. have three shots at taking home 'Moonmen' trophies.


The Best New Artist race is between fun. (We Are Young), Carly Rae Jepsen (Call Me Maybe), Frank Ocean (Swim Good), One Direction (What Makes You Beautiful) and The Wanted (Glad You Came).


R+B singer Alicia Keys and boyband One Direction are among the acts who will perform at the 29th annual ceremony, scheduled to take place at Los Angeles' Staples Center on 6 September (12).


The full list of 2012 MTV Video Music Awards nominees is as follows:

Video of the Year:


Katy Perry, Wide Awake


Gotye, Somebody That I Used To Know


Rihanna, We Found Love


Drake featuring Rihanna, Take Care


M.I.A., Bad Girls

Best New Artist:


Fun. featuring 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 featuring Lil Wayne, HYFR


Kanye West featuring Pusha T, Big Sean + 2 Chainz, Mercy


Jay-Z and Kanye West, N**gas in Paris


Nicki Minaj featuring 2 Chainz, Beez in the Trap

Best Male Video:


Justin Bieber, Boyfriend


Frank Ocean, Swim Good


Drake featuring 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. featuring Janelle Monae, We Are Young


Rihanna, We Found Love


Justin Bieber, Boyfriend


Maroon 5 featuring 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 featuring Nelly Furtado, Is Anybody Out There?


Lil Wayne, How to Love

Best Art Direction:


Katy Perry, Wide Awake


Drake featuring 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 featuring Pitbull, Dance Again

Best Cinematography:


M.I.A., Bad Girls


Adele, Someone Like You


Drake featuring Rihanna, Take Care


Coldplay featuring Rihanna, Princess of China


Lana Del Rey, Born to Die

Best Direction:


M.I.A., Bad Girls


Duck Sauce, Big Bad Wolf


Coldplay featuring Rihanna, Princess of China


Frank Ocean, Swim Good


Jay-Z and Kanye West, Otis

Best Editing:


Beyonce, Countdown


A$AP Rocky, Goldie


Gotye, Somebody That I Used to Know


Jay-Z and Kanye West, N**gas in Paris


Kanye West featuring Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz, Mercy

Best Visual Effects:


Katy Perry, Wide Awake


Rihanna, Where Have You Been


David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, Turn Me On


Linkin Park, Burn It Down.