The nominees for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards have been announced, as well as the first two VMA performers.
The show will air on September 6 rom the Staples Center in Los Angeles,
Performing will be four-time VMA Award-winner, Alicia Keys, who will premiere a new song from her upcoming album. British boy band phenoms One Direction will also perform. Rihanna and Drake lead with five VMA nominations each, including the coveted, "Video of the Year" for her hit "We Found Love" as well as their joint smash, "Take Care." Katy Perry follows as a close second with four VMA nods.