Twitter is buzzing with the snubs and nods for the nominees of this year's MTV Video Music Awards. Entertainment Weekly has taken to calling this year's nominee list "the year of Rihanna and Drake" as the one time couple, and two-time collaborators lead with nominees with five nods apiece. The duo, who was embroiled in a long-time scandal with artist Chris Brown will also face off against him in separate categories. Rihanna and Brown will face off for Best Choreograph (she for "Where Have You Been" and he for "Turn Up the Music"); Brown and Drake will compete in the Best Male Video category (Drake for "Take Care" which features Rihanna, and Brown for "Turn Up the Music".)
Other big nominees this year are Katy Perry, Beyonce, The Throne's Jay-Z and Kanye, Coldplay, and M.I.A. A noticeable snub from the list is Lady Gaga, whose eligible videos "Yoü and I" and "Marry the Night" were overlooked. When the nominees were revealed Gaga's fans took to Twitter, angrily employing the world trending phrase, "VMA's Are Nothing Without Gaga."
The list of nominees is available below:
Video of the Year
Best New Artist
Best Hip-Hop Video
Best Male Video
Best Female Video
Best Pop Video
Best Rock Video
Best Electronic Dance Music Video
Best Video With a Message
Best Art Direction
Best Visual Effects
The 2012 VMA, airing live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 6 at 8 P.M. EST.