Rihanna Leads the MTV (EMA) Field, Taylor Swift, Bieber and Perry Trail

Rihanna leads the MTV (EMA) field while Taylor Swift, Bieber and Perry closely trail behind the pop idol. Rihanna has six nominations.

The Barbados-born singer is leading the way at the annual ceremony, receiving nods in major categories including Best Female Artist, Best Song and Best Pop. The “We Found Love” hitmaker is up for a host of top accolades, including Best Pop Act, Best Look, Biggest Fans and Best Female — a category which will see her battle Katy Perry, Pink, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.

Taylor Swift is in the running for five prizes. She and Rihanna will battle it out in the Best Female Artist category, along with Katy Perry, Pink and Nicki Minaj.

The two stars are also both vying for the Best Pop prize, with Justin Bieber, No Doubt and Katy Perry providing them with stiff competition.

Justin Bieber and Perry — who will both take on Swift and Rihanna for the title of Best Pop act — received four nominations each, while several acts picked up a hat-trick of nominations including Nicki, Lady Gaga and Carly Rae Jepsen, who faces stiff competition from Lana Del Rey, One Direction, fun. and Rita Ora for Best Newcomer.

In with a chance of taking home the Best Song trophy is Carly Rae Jepsen for Call Me Maybe and Gotye for Somebody That I Used To Know. Several collaborations also get a look in, with Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris’ song We Found Love and Pitbull featuring Chris Brown’s track International Love nominated.

The group is rounded out with fun. featuring Janelle Monáe’s song We Are Young.

Competing for the eagerly-anticipated Best Male award are Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Flo Rida, Pitbull and Jay-Z.

No less than 18 acts are up for the Best World Stage category — which celebrates the range and breadth of all the music that MTV has to offer by showcasing incredible artists from all parts of the world — such as Sean Paul, Snow Patrol, Maroon 5 and B.o.B.

The winners will be announced at the ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany, on November 11, with performers at the event yet to be announced.

MTV viewers can vote for EMA categories such as Best Newcomer, Best Live Act and more from today, September 17, by visiting www.mtvema.com. — Bang Showbiz


2012 MTV EMA nominations in full:

Best Song

Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe

Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris – We Found Love

Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know

Pitbull feat. Chris Brown – International Love

fun. feat. Janelle Monáe – We Are Young


Best New Artist

Rita Ora


One Direction

Lana Del Rey

Carly Rae Jepsen


Best Female Artist


Katy Perry


Taylor Swift

Nicki Minaj


Best Male Artist

Justin Bieber

Kanye West

Flo Rida




Best Pop Artist

Justin Bieber

No Doubt

Katy Perry

Taylor Swift



Best Live

Taylor Swift

Lady Gaga

Jay Z & Kanye West

Green Day



Best Hip Hop

Jay-Z & Kanye West


Rick Ross


Nicki Minaj


Best Rock

Linkin Park

Green Day


The Killers



Best Electronic

David Guetta

Swedish House Mafia



Calvin Harris


Best Alternative

Jack White

The Black Keys

Arctic Monkeys

Florence + The Machine

Lana Del Rey


Best Video

M.I.A. – Bad Girls

Lady Gaga – Marry The Night

Katy Perry – Wide Awake

Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris – We Found Love

PSY – Gangnam Style


Best Look

Nicki Minaj


Jack White

Taylor Swift

A$AP Rocky


Biggest Fans

Justin Bieber

One Direction

Lady Gaga


Katy Perry


Best World Stage

Arcade Fire

Arctic Monkeys



Flo Rida

Jason Derulo

Joe Jonas

Justin Bieber




Maroon 5

Nelly Furtado

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Sean Paul

Snoop Dogg

Snow Patrol

Taylor Swift


Best Push

Nov – Foster The People

Dec – Lana Del Rey

Jan – Mac Miller

Feb – Michael Kiwanuka

March – Gotye

April – Rebecca Ferguson

May – fun.

June – Rita Ora

July – Conor Maynard

August – Of Monsters And Men

September – Carly Rae Jepsen


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