Drake and Rihanna are set to walk into tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards as the leading nominees.

 

Both stars nabbed five nominations each.

 

That includes the coveted Video of the Year award for their collaboration on Drake’s song “Take Care.”

 

Individually, Drake is up for an award in the Male Video category, while Rihanna is in the running for the Choreography honor, to name a few.

Other nominees include Katy Perry, Coldplay, M.I.A., Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne, and newcomer Frank Ocean. Ocean is also slated to take the stage as a performer, as are Alicia Keys, Green Day and One Direction.

The 2012 MTV VMAs is hosted by one of my favorite comedian hosts Kevin Hart and will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and television viewers will get a chance to see all the action an hour earlier than expected.

The starting time was moved to 8:00 p.m. Eastern to make room for President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Here’s part of the list of nominees:

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”

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”

Hip-Hop Video:

Childish Gambino — “Heartbeat”
Drake feat. Lil Wayne — “HYFR”
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz — “Mercy”
Watch the Throne — “Paris”
Nicki Minaj, feat. 2 Chainz — “Beez in the Trap”

Male Video:

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

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”

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”

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”

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”

Choreography:

Chris Brown — “Turn Up the Music”
Rihanna — “Where Have You Been”
Beyoncé — “Countdown”
Avicii — “Le7els”
Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull — “Dance Again”

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”

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”

Editing:

Beyoncé — “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”

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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