The pair will battle it out at the 19th annual awards ceremony, which will be broadcasted live on MTV channels around the world, on Sunday 11th November from Frankfurt’s historic Festhalle arena.
Rihanna leads the 2012 MTV European Music Awards (EMA) nominations with six nods.
The ‘Where Have You Been’ singer 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.
Justin Bieber and Katy – who will both take on Taylor and Rihanna for the title of Best Pop act – received four nods 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.
Justin will do battle with Kanye West, Flo Rida, Pitbull and Jay-Z for Best Male.
Other notable nominees include Green Day, Jack White, Flo Rida, Muse and Ed Sheeran, who will do battle with One Direction, Jessie J, Conor Maynard and Rita for the title of Best UK & Ireland newcomer.
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.
Performers at the event yet to be announced and MTV viewers can vote for EMA categories such as Best Newcomer, Best Live Act and more from today (17.09.12) by visiting www.mtvema.com.
See the full list of nominations here:
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 Video: MIA – Bad Girls, Lady Gaga – Marry The Night, Katy Perry – Wide Awake, Rihanna feat Calvin Harris – We Found Love, Psy – Gangnam Style
Best Female: Rihanna, Katy Perry, Pink, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj
Best Male: Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Jay-Z
Best New Artist: Rita Ora, fun., One Direction, Lana Del Rey, Carly Rae Jepsen
Best Pop: Justin Bieber, No Doubt, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Rihanna
Best Live: Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z & Kanye West, Green Day, Muse
Best Hip Hop: Jay-Z & Kanye West, Nas, Rick Ross, Drake, Nicki Minaj
Best Rock: Linkin Park, Green Day, Muse, The Killers, Coldplay
Best Electronic: David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, Skrillex, Calvin Harris
Best Alternative: Jack White, The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, Florence And The Machine, Lana Del Rey
Best Look: Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Jack White, Taylor Swift, A$AP Rocky
Biggest Fans: Justin Bieber, One Direction, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Perry
Best World Stage: Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, BOB, Evanescence, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo, Joe Jonas, Justin Bieber, Kasabian, Ke$ha, LMFAO, 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