Drake, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Eminem & More Snag VMA Nominations

Drake, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Eminem & More Snag VMA Nominations

Rappers Drake, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Eminem and more have received nominations for the upcoming 27th annual MTV Videos Music Awards ceremony.

This year’s nominee leaders are pop star Lady Gaga and Eminem.

Gaga racks up a whopping 13 nods, including Best Pop Video, Best Female Video, and Video of the Year at the 27th annual show. She also claims bragging rights with the most nominations ever in a single VMA, as well as being the first female artist nominated for two different videos in the Video of the Year category for “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” featuring Beyonce. Eminem follows his labelmate with eight nominations including Best Male Video and Video of the Year for “Not Afraid.” (Rap-Up)

Following today’s announcement, Em released a playful statement sharing his reaction.

“Apparently MTV doesn’t care that I have two massive stadium shows on the other side of the country the day after the VMAs. F me, right?!?!,” says the rapper, who’s up for Best Male and Best Hip Hop Videos. “I mean, I’ll be there but don’t expect me to be nice about it.” (PEOPLE)

Aside from artists like Jay-Z competing for “Best Hip-Hop Video” for “On To The Next One,” this year’s showcase will give rap stars like Minaj and Drake an opportunity to win.

Katy Perry‘s ode to her home state “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg, is up for Best Female Video, along with Ke$ha‘s “Tik Tok”; “Video Phone” with Gaga and BeyoncĂ©; Taylor Swift‘s “Fifteen” and Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” In Best Male Video, Usher‘s epic “OMG” lands a nod, as well as Jason Derulo‘s “In My Head,” Drake’s “Find Your Love,” Em’s “Not Afraid” and B.o.B‘s “Airplanes.” Many of the pop world’s recent favorites will face off in the Best New Artist category. Justin Bieber (“Baby”), Ke$ha (“Tik Tok”), Jason Derulo (“In My Head”), Nicki Minaj (for her Sean Garrett collabo “Massive Attack”) and indie supergroup Broken Bells (“The Ghost Inside”) will see who can dominate as this year’s reigning newbie. (MTV)

Last year, T.I., Eminem and Beyonce were among the variety of winners.

Winners: Video of the Year: Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” Best Female Video: Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me,” Best Rock Video: Green Day‘s “21 Guns,” Best Pop Video: Britney Spears‘ “Womanizer,” Best Male Video: T.I. & Rihanna’s “Live Your Life,” Best Hip-Hop Video: Eminem’s “We Made You,” Best New Artist: Lady Gaga, Best Video That Should Have Won A Moonman: Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” Best Breakthrough Video: Matt & Kim‘s “Lessons Learned.” Best Choreography: Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” Best Editing: Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” Best Special Effects: Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi,” Best Art Direction: Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi,” Best Direction: Green Day’s “21 Guns” (Associated Press)

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, September 12, at 9 p.m.

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