Drake, Rihanna top VMA noms

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DARRYL STERDAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

Canadians are putting the eh? in this year’s MTV VMAs.

Northern lights like Drake, Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen were all front and centre when this year’s MTV Video Music Award nominations were revealed Tuesday morning.

All in all, a six-pack of Canadians earned a dozen nominations in 10 of 15 categories — a massive increase from 2011, when Drake and Bieber earned just one nod each.

This year, the Toronto rapper is one of the leading contenders, tying Rihanna with five nominations. Take Care, the title cut from Drake's acclaimed sophomore album, is up for Video of the Year and Best Male Video, and competes in the art direction and cinematography categories. Meanwhile, his Take Care cut HYFR (Hell Ya F—ing Right) is nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video.

Bieber’s Boyfriend is up for Best Male Video and Best Pop Video. If he wins, presumably there will be fondue for all — including his new 26-year-old protege Jepsen, whose summertime smash Call Me Maybe snagged her a shot at Best New Artist.

The rest of the Canadian contingent consists of K’Naan and Nelly Furtado, vying for Best Video With a Message with their collaboration Is Anybody Out There?, and dance duo Duck Sauce (which includes Montreal DJ A-Trak), whose Big Bad Wolf contends for Electronic Dance Music Video and Best Direction.

Other major players include usual suspects like Katy Perry, Beyonce, Adele, M.I.A. and Black Keys, along with newcomers like Lana Del Rey, Gotye, A$AP Rocky, Frank Ocean, One Direction, The Wanted and Imagine Dragons. Also new: Lady Gaga and Madonna were both snubbed this year.

The Moonmen will be handed out Sept. 6 at L.A.’s Staples Center, with the shindig airing live on MuchMusic. Alicia Keys and One Direction are the first confirmed performers.

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.


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