University of New Orleans is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

1. University of New Orleans

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University · Gentilly · 2000 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA

MTVMTV: Before Frank Ocean was producing mega hits for some of your favorite musicians, he went to college at UNO!

Bowery Ballroom is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

2. Bowery Ballroom

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Rock Club · Lower East Side · 6 Delancey St (at Bowery), New York, NY

MTVMTV: Frank Ocean killed the stage here for a small audience on 11/27/2011 during his first NYC performance.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

3. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

General Entertainment · Rockefeller Center · 30 Rockefeller Plz, New York, NY

MTVMTV: Not only was Frank Ocean’s first TV performance on the 7/9/12 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he then dropped his debut album, "Channel Orange," right after he got off stage!

4. Empire Polo Club

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General Entertainment · 81800 Avenue 51 (at Monroe St), Indio, CA

MTVMTV: Frank Ocean brought his smooth R&B vocals to the 2012 Coachella show as one of the headlining performers.

5. Millennium Park Chiropractic

Chiropractor · The Loop · 155 N Michigan Ave (Randolph and Michigan), Chicago, IL

MTVMTV: Frank Ocean had a HUGE summer performance at Lollapalooza on 8/4/12. He rocked an audience of more than 60,000 fans who came back to see him after a crazy Chicago storm.

6. Central Park

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Park · Central Park · 59th St to 110th St (5th Ave to Central Park West), New York, NY

MTVMTV: Your Central Park stroll just got a lot better – The Wanted rocked the stage here on 8/24/11 for GMA’s Summer Concert Series.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

7. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

General Entertainment · 3000 W Alameda Ave (at Bob Hope Dr.), Burbank, CA

MTVMTV: Not only did The Wanted kill their performance here on 3/20/11 but they brought some of the audience members on stage to sing with them. Bet they were glad they came. (See what we did there?)

8. Palms Casino Resort

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Casino · 4321 W Flamingo Rd (at Wynn Rd), Las Vegas, NV

MTVMTV: During The Wanted’s 2012 mtvU Spring Break performance, they showered screaming fans with a few bottles of champagne! In other words: Vegas-appropriate.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

9. The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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General Entertainment · 4301 W Olive Ave. (at Hood Ave.), Burbank, CA

MTVMTV: The Wanted made their American television debut here on 1/9/12 and even brought Ellen on stage during their performance to serenade her!

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

10. MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

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Casino · The Strip · 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S (at E Tropicana Ave), Las Vegas, NV

MTVMTV: The Wanted’s 2012 Billboard Music Awards performance made us glad we watched. One of our favorite live performances of “Glad You Came!"

11. Canadian College of Performing Arts

General College & University · 1701 Elgin Road, Oak Bay, BC

MTVMTV: Believe it or not, you're in the company of Ms. “Call Me Maybe” herself. Yep — Carly Rae Jepsen attended this university, too! You just got a little cooler.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

12. The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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General Entertainment · 4301 W Olive Ave. (at Hood Ave.), Burbank, CA

MTVMTV: The first time the world saw a live U.S. TV performance of “Call Me Maybe” was right here on Ellen!

CityWalk Plaza Stage is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

13. CityWalk Plaza Stage

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Performing Arts Venue · Universal CityWalk (at Universal Orlando Resort), Orlando, FL

MTVMTV: Not only did Carly Rae Jepsen tear up the stage here for a group of screaming kids on 4/14/12 but she did it in style…cute suspenders for the win!

Gibson Amphitheatre is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

14. Gibson Amphitheatre

Concert Hall · Universal City · 100 Universal City Plz, Universal City, CA

MTVMTV: Carly Rae Jepsen rocked the Kid’s Choice Awards right here in 2012!

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

15. MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

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Casino · The Strip · 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S (at E Tropicana Ave), Las Vegas, NV

MTVMTV: After “Call Me Maybe” dominated the charts for weeks, it only made sense for her first U.S. awards show performance to be at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, right here in lovely Las Vegas!

Brophy College Preparatory is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

16. Brophy College Preparatory

High School · 4701 N Central Ave (at Highland Ave), Phoenix, AZ

MTVMTV: fun.’s front man, Nate Ruess, attended this school too. (You should feel a little cooler now.)

17. Gibson Amphitheatre

Concert Hall · Universal City · 100 Universal City Plz, Universal City, CA

MTVMTV: fun. + Janelle Monae + the 2012 summer anthem = one hell of an MTV Movie Awards performance in 2012. Missed it? We got your back on mtv.com!

Palms Casino Resort is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

18. Palms Casino Resort

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Casino · 4321 W Flamingo Rd (at Wynn Rd), Las Vegas, NV

MTVMTV: fun.’s 2012 mtvU Spring Break performance is one I’ll dream about forever. They shut down the stage — big league move.

19. Millennium Park Chiropractic

Chiropractor · The Loop · 155 N Michigan Ave (Randolph and Michigan), Chicago, IL

MTVMTV: It made perfect since for fun. to perform here at Lolla in 2012, when their anthem "We Are Young" ruled the summer!

Barker Hangar is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

20. Barker Hangar

Event Space · West Los Angeles · 3021 Airport Ave (Bundy), Santa Monica, CA

MTVMTV: The 2012 Do Something Awards here at Barker Hanger saw fun.'s first live performance with our friends at VH1!

J&R is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

21. J&R

Electronics Store · Financial District · 1 Park Row (at Ann St.), New York, NY

MTVMTV: Yeah, the One Direction guys were here for a meet & greet/CD signing. Scream if you want, we'll still think you're cool.

Galen Center (GEC) is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

22. Galen Center (GEC)

College Basketball Court · South LA · 3400 S Figueroa St (at W Jefferson Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA

MTVMTV: One Direction killed it here at the 2012 Kid’s Choice Awards show. Still drooling over that performance.

Rockefeller Plaza is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

23. Rockefeller Plaza

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Plaza · Rockefeller Center · 1 Rockefeller Plz (48th St.), New York, NY

MTVMTV: One Direction shut down the streets of New York with a Today Show mini-concert here. We may or may not have been among the screaming, poster-waving superfans.

Mall of America is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

24. Mall of America

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Mall · East Bloomington · 60 E Broadway (btwn Lindau Ln & Killebrew Dr), Bloomington, MN

MTVMTV: So, One Direction was here for a meet & greet/CD signing, and yes, that's what makes you beautiful.

Studio 8H - Saturday Night Live is one of 2012 Best New Artist Nominees: Road to the VMAs.

25. Studio 8H - Saturday Night Live

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General Entertainment · Rockefeller Center · 30 Rockefeller Plz (at 6th Ave), New York, NY

MTVMTV: One Direction performed on SNL in 2012, and even showed off their acting skills in the hilarious skit, "The Manuel Ortez Show.”