The time of the year is now for MTV – and no, we’re not talking about MTV World Stage 2012.

Your favourite artistes are all set to “clash” on the 6th September 2012 at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). Broadcast live from the Staples Center arena in Downtown Los Angeles, this year’s event is already raking up some sizable excitement considering the names on the list of nominees that were just released a week ago.

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Fans can anticipate Rihanna and Drake to come face-to-face with five nominations each, including vying for “Video of the Year” whereas Katy Perry is pretty much owning it with four nominations. Other acts that are currently in the running with three nominations include Beyoncé, Coldplay, Frank Ocean, M.I.A. and the Throne.

Also, the next time someone tells you that electronic dance music (EDM) is bad influence, pull up this list of DJ/producer names for them – the VMA newbies but long-time EDM extraordinaire icons that are also in the running for a “spaceman” of their own are such as Avicii, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Duck Sauce, and Martin Solveig.

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Here’s the full list of 2012 MTV VMA 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”

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”

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Best 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”

Best Male Video

Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”

Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”

Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”

Usher, “Climax”

Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”

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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”

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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”

Skrillex, “First of the Year (Equinox)”

Martin Solveig, “The Night Out”

Avicii, “Le7els”

Calvin Harris, “Feel So Close”

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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

Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”

Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die”

Regina Spektor, “All the Rowboats”

Of Monsters & Men, “Little Talks”

Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”

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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

Adele, “Someone Like You”

Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”

Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die”

Coldplay feat. Rihanna, “Princess of China”

M.I.A., “Bad Girls”

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Best 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”

Best Editing

Beyoncé, “Countdown”

A$AP Rocky, “Goldie”

Gotye, “Somebody That I Used to Know”

Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz, “Mercy”

Watch the Throne, “Paris”

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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”

Skrillex, “First of the Year (Equinox)”

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Catch the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards LIVE on MTV Asia, Astro (CH 713) on 7th September 2012 (Friday) at 8am. Primetime encore airing on the same day at 10pm!

For more information, hit up the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards microsite.

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