Drake and Rihanna lead MTV Video Music awards nominations

UK boybands One Direction and the Wanted also secure awards nods – but Madonna and Lady Gaga miss out

Drake and Rihanna lead the nominees for this year's MTV Video Music awards. Each artist received five nods in a contest that will also see the UK boybands One Direction and the Wanted face off for the best new artist prize.

This year's VMAs will take place on 6 September at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. While Drake and Rihanna are at the top of the heap, Katy Perry received four nominations, with three each to Frank Ocean, MIA, Coldplay, and Jay-Z & Kanye West's Watch the Throne project. As for the biggest prize of the night, video of the year, there's an Australian earworm nestled in with the bangers: Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know will contend with songs by Drake, Rihanna, Perry and MIA.

So far, organisers have announced only two of the gala's performers: One Direction, who have the bestselling debut album of the year in the US, and Alicia Keys, who will preview her upcoming fifth LP. "It's the perfect setting," Keys said in a statement. "I debuted No One at the [2007] VMAs – it was the first time anyone in the world heard [the song]. It's the right energy. It's the right vibe. People are so excited about the night of music and hearing different styles that it just goes over really well."

Despite attempting a comeback album this year, Madonna was completely overlooked in this year's VMA nominations. The same is true for Lady Gaga, who was eligible for – and ignored in – two categories.

The full list of nominations is:

Video of the year

Katy Perry – Wide Awake

Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know

Rihanna – We Found Love

Drake feat. Rihanna – Take Care

MIA – 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 & 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

Rock video

Coldplay – Paradise

The Black Keys – Lonely Boy

Linkin Park – Burn It Down

Jack White – Sixteen Saltines

Imagine Dragons – It's Time

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

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

MIA – Bad Girls

Adele – Someone Like You

Drake feat. Rihanna – Take Care

Coldplay feat. Rihanna – Princess of China

Lana Del Rey – Born to Die

Direction

MIA – 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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Sean Michaels

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