2012 MTV Video Music Awards Recognize Indie Rock Acts

Via MTV.com: The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards recognize indie rock acts emerging into the mainstream.

The nominees include indie rock artists Of Monsters and Men, Fun., Gotye, The Black Keys, and Imagine Dragons. Long-time rock vet Jack White also received nominations for his first solo album released this year.

Indie-pop band Fun. received a Best Pop Video nomination for their single, “We Are Young,” as well as Best New Artist. Belgian-Australian musician Gotye’s video “Somebody That I Used to Know” received the coveted nod for Video of the Year and Best Editing. The Black Keys, Jack White, and Imagine Dragons all vie for the Best Rock Video title. Of Monsters and Men’s “Little Talks” is competing in the Best Art Direction category.

This year’s Video Music Awards will take place on September 6th from LA’s Staple Center. Comedian Kevin Hart is hosting. Check out all the nominees here.

Watch the videos for this years indie rock nominees below.

Fun. Frontman Co-Writes Song with Ke$ha

Nate Ruess of indie-rock act Fun. is co-writing a song with mega pop-star Ke$ha. The song will appear on Ke$ha’s upcoming album.

Producer Benny Blanco, best known for his work on Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” and Britney Spears’ “Circus,” is involved with the project too.

According to Blanco, the song “stomps and claps, and the chorus doesn’t really have any drums in it, basically. The feeling is so good… And then the verse just pops in, and it’s very unexpected and it pops into electronic. So it’s rock, it’s big electronic breaks and drums.”

Fun. made it atop the music charts with their hit, “We Are Young.” Watch them perform their second single, “Some Nights,” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon below.

Read more at Rolling Stone.

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