Katy Perry, Adele And Kanye West Lead The MTV VMA Nominations
2011 will go down as the year MTV turned its back on popularity in favor of credibility. Superstars like Britney Spears and Lady Gaga were generally overlooked, while upcoming acts like Tyler, The Creator and Manchester Orchestra were recognized. Of course, the big names nabbed their fair share of nominations, too — Katy Perry scored 9 noms for four different Teenage Dream videos, with “Firework” nabbing a nom for Video OF The Year. Her “ET” buddy Kanye West scored six for his “All Of The Lights” and “Power” videos. Meanwhile, chart-topping sensation Adele picked up seven noms just for “Rolling In The Deep”. Check out all the major nominations below!
Monsters and Beyonce stans are already expressing their anger at the nominations on Twitter. Their favorites could only manage 3 nominations each, while Britney Spears, once a VMA Video Of The Year winner for “Piece Of Me”, recieved only two nods. However, spare a thought for Rihanna and her sure-to-be depressed navy — RiRi’s videos were overlooked entirely (though she is featured on Kanye’s “All Of The Lights”).
For the full list of nominees, including the technical categories, hit up MTV.com.
VIDEO OF THE YEAR Adele, “Rolling In The Deep” Beastie Boys, “Make Some Noise” Bruno Mars, “Grenade” Katy Perry, “Firework” Tyler, The Creator “Yonkers”
BEST COLLABORATION Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, “Look At Me Now” Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi “All Of The Lights” Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “ET” Nicki Minaj feat. Drake, “Moment 4 Life” Pitbull featuring Nayer, Ne-Yo and Afrojack, “Give Me Everything”
BEST FEMALE VIDEO Adele, “Rolling In The Deep” Beyonce, “Run The World” Katy Perry, “Firework” Lady Gaga, “Born This Way” Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass”
BEST MALE VIDEO Bruno Mars, “Grenade” Cee-Lo Green, “Fuck You” Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Love The Way You Lie” Justin Bieber, “U Smile” Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi, “All Of The Lights”
BEST HIP HOP VIDEO Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, “Look At Me Now” Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi, “All Of The Lights” Lil Wayne, “6 Foot, 7 Foot” Lupe Fiasco, “The Show Goes On” Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass”
BEST NEW ARTIST Big Sean featuring Chris Brown, “My Last” Foster The People, “Pumped Up Kicks” Kreayshawn, “Gucci Gucci” Tyler, The Creator, “Yonkers” Wiz Khalifa, “Black & Yellow”
BEST POP VIDEO Adele, “Rolling In The Deep” Britney Spears, “Til The World Ends” Bruno Mars, “Grenade” Katy Perry, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” Pitbull featuring Nayer, Ne-Yo and Afrojack, “Give Me Everything”
BEST ROCK VIDEO Cage The Elephant, “Shake Me Down” Foo Fighters, “Walk” Foster The People, “Pumped Up Kicks” Mumford & Sons, “The Cave” The Black Keys, “Howlin’ For You”
The MTV VMAs will air live on the cable network at 9 p.m. on August 28.