MTV VMA Nominations: Rihanna & Drake Lead the Pack

The singers, who earned five nominations each, will do battle with Chris Brown at the Video Music Awards -- while Lady Gaga was snubbed completely

The 2012 MTV Video Music Award nominees have been announced, and this year it's Rihanna and Drake who lead the pack.

Each member of the former couple received five nominations for this year's awards show, which will air live on Sept. 6. Those nominations include video of the year, the most coveted VMA. Both will be squaring off with Rihanna's other ex, Chris Brown, who will battle Rihanna for best choreography and will try to see if he can top Drake for best male video.

Katy Perry follows close behind with four nominations, including video of the year for "Wide Awake." Trailing behind her are Beyonce, Frank Ocean, Coldplay, M.I.A. and The Throne's Jay-Z and Kanye West, who all have three nods a piece.

Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga were both snubbed a bit this year despite being reigning champs from previous VMAs. Bieber only walked away with two nominations and Gaga -- whose "Marry the Night" and "You and I" videos both were contenders -- walked away emptyhanded. It's also a bit surprising that Carly Rae Jepsen only had one nomination while Gotye and One Direction got two apiece.

Of course, we're just as interested to watch the drama unfold between the stars attending the VMAs as we are be to find out who wins. Hopefully Drake and Brown can keep their fists to themselves, even though they're direct competitors.

And let's not forget that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are slated to present an award together, which will be their first public appearance together since K-Stew admitting to cheating on R-Pattz with Snow White & the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. Oh how we'd love to sit in on those VMA rehearsals.

Check out the full list of nominees below!

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”
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”
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. 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”
Beyoncé, “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”
The Throne, “Otis”

Best Editing
Beyoncé, “Countdown”
A$AP Rocky, “Goldie”
Gotye, “Somebody That I Used to Know”
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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