2011 MTV Video Music Awards: The Winners

Robbie Daw | August 29, 2011 7:41 am

By now you’ve watched all the live performances from last night’s MTV Video Music Awards — some, probably repeatedly. (We personally can’t get enough of Adele’s touching, classy moment with “Someone Like You”!) But, oh, right — there were also actual awards handed out! Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” swept the night by nabbing four moon men, though it was for all technical categories. The evening’s three other big winners: Katy Perry (Video Of The Year, Best Collaboration), Lady Gaga (Best Female Video, Video With A Message) and Britney Spears (Best Pop Video, Video Vanguard Award). See the full list of who got what below! We have to note that, even though “Rolling In The Deep” won the most awards at the VMAs (for directing, art direction, editing and cinematography), we’re disappointed that Adele herself didn’t walk away with any of the bigger statues she was up for (Video Of The Year, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video).

We, of course, had predicted that the London singer would clinch the big one — Video Of The Year. Alas, Katy Perry upset the apple cart by snagging it for the visual for her third Teenage Dream single “Firework,” which was shot in Budapest last fall.

If Planet Pop were a perfect world — and run by us — we’d have given Katy the Best Pop Video moon man over Britney (“Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” was just so much more fun), and Adele would have begun music awards season with a giant win at the MTV shindig.

Oh, well — there’s always the Grammys.

2011 MTV Video Music Awards — The Winners

VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Katy Perry, “Firework” BEST FEMALE VIDEO: Lady Gaga, “Born This Way” BEST MALE VIDEO: Justin Bieber, “U Smile” BEST NEW ARTIST: Tyler, The Creator, “Yonkers” BEST POP VIDEO: Britney Spears, “Till The World Ends” BEST ROCK VIDEO: Foo Fighters, “Walk” BEST HIP HOP VIDEO: Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass” BEST COLLABORATION: Katy Perry & Kanye West, “E.T.” DIRECTION IN A VIDEO: Adele, “Rolling In The Deep” CHOREOGRAPHY: Beyonce, “Run The World (Girls)” SPECIAL EFFECTS: Katy Perry & Kanye West, “E.T.” ART DIRECTION: Adele, “Rolling In The Deep” EDITING: Adele, “Rolling In The Deep” CINEMATOGRAPHY: Adele, “Rolling In The Deep” VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE: Lady Gaga, “Born This Way” BEST LATINO ARTIST: Mana, “Lluvia al Corazón” VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD: Britney Spears