Katy Perry, Adele, Kanye West lead 2011 MTV Video Music Awards nominations

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Quick: Which clip won the Moonman for Video of the Year at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards?

Having a hard time remembering? That’s because the actual awards are only about the fourth most important aspect of any given VMAs (just behind the performances, the host and whatever Kanye West does).

Still, the nominations do provide an excellent jumping-off point for the show, which will air live from Los Angeles on August 28. This year, Katy Perry leads the way with nine nominations, split between nods for “Firework,” “Teenage Dream,” “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” Adele is right behind with seven nods for “Rolling in the Deep,” and Kanye West also racked up seven (most of which are for “All of the Lights,” though “Power” did get a pair of noms as well.

The five videos competing for Video of the Year are “Firework,” “Rolling in the Deep,” Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” Beastie Boys’ “Make Some Noise” and, in a somewhat shocking turn of events (if only because the buzz on his crew has died down so profoundly), Tyler, the Creator’s “Yonkers.”

You can check out the complete list of nominees after the jump. Oh, and the winner of the 2010 Video of the Year was Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”

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 FEMALE VIDEO
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Beyoncé, “Run the World (Girls)”
Katy Perry, “Firework”
Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”
Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Cee Lo Green, “F— 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 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 and Yellow”

BEST POP VIDEO
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Britney Spears, “Till the World Ends”
Katy Perry, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)”
Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer and Afrojack, “Give Me Everything”

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”
Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass”
Lupe Fiasco, “The Show Goes On”

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”

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, “E.T.”
Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, “Moment 4 Life”
Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer, and Afrojack, “Give Me Everything”

BEST ART DIRECTION
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Death Cab for Cutie, “You Are a Tourist”
Kanye West featuring Dwele, “Power”
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”
Lady Gaga, “Judas”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé, “Run the World (Girls)”
Britney Spears, “Till the World Ends”
Bruno Mars, “The Lazy Song”
Lady Gaga, “Judas”
LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & Goon, “Party Rock Anthem”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
30 Seconds to Mars, “Hurricane”
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Beyoncé, “Run the World (Girls)”
Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie”
Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream”

BEST DIRECTION
30 Seconds to Mars, “Hurricane”
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Beastie Boys, “Make Some Noise”
Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie”
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”

BEST EDITING
30 Seconds to Mars, “Hurricane”
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”
Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi, “All of the Lights”
Manchester Orchestra, “Simple Math”

BEST SFX
Chromeo, “Don’t Turn the Lights On”
Kanye West featuring Dwele, “Power”
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”
Linkin Park, “Waiting for the End”
Manchester Orchestra, “Simple Math”

Oddly, some of the biggest names in the MTV universe (Gaga, Beyoncé, Britney Spears) are relegated to the background this time, taking up a lot of technical nominations but not really making much of an impact. And though she’s cited as a guest star on two different clips, Rihanna’s videos are completely absent, which seems impossible (especially considering the amount of Internet ink that was spilled over “S&M” and “Man Down” over the past few months). However, the race for Video of the Year is the most eclectic it has been in ages, which should make for some fine speculation over the next few weeks.

The show still doesn’t have a host or any performances announced (Lil Wayne’s name surfaced last week, but it’s still unconfirmed), though there’s always something to talk about when it comes to the VMAs. (Plus, it’s only a two hour show, a mercifully short time frame that all awards shows should adopt.) Leave your predictions in the comments!

Read more on EW.com:
Teenage dream: Katy Perry shows some love for gigantic Justin Bieber
Adele takes over Eminem’s spot as the artist with the best-selling album of 2011
Beastie Boys battle baddies in action figure form in Spike Jonze-directed ‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win’ video: Watch it here!

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  • Drew

    Really disappointed. I adore Adele and i’m so happy for her success this year but Rolling in the Deep is not an outstanding video. Once again Rihanna gets completely ignored, and Britney’s videos were all really great and deserved more recognition. GaGa’s videos this time around werent great but Judas was better than BTW….. whatever. Happy for Katy!

    • MissVampireDiaries

      Maybe it’s time to accept that Rihanna doesn’t make good music or videos? She should just go be a model since fashion is more important to her.

      • Freddie

        I second that. It’s about time somebody recognizes she should just stick to modeling and put those long legs and height to good use.

      • WHAT?!

        I would assume these opinions are of the minority. Rihanna is VERY well known for mostly having great videos esp as of late. Her You Tube numbers are pretty insane for mostly all of them. The ones that stand out the most for me are probably Umbrella Rock Star 101 and I really really liked Only Girl. Not many artist can pull off being the ONLY person in one video and its better than half the videos on this list! LOL!

        Rihanna was robbed this year by Mtv!

    • Sharlin

      The VMAs is the only time every year MTV plays videos – albeit only 10 second clips.

    • True Blue

      Adele deserves all the adulation she gets when it comes to her music and talent, but as far as videos go… I’m scratching my head over that one as well. None of her videos are ever remarkable.

      • crispy

        She is being recognized for the success of the song itself the video is irrelevant towards the bigger picture, unfortunately.

    • Dave

      A video can be on the simpler side and still be a great video. You don’t need crazy special effects or stunts or nonsense to make a video good.

  • Will J

    Why no big noms for My Chemical Romance? Nanana and Sing are both two of the bettr videos made this year. Why no love for em MTV?

    • bwahahaha

      Will, sweetie wake up. It’s 2011 and My Chemical Romance is irrelevant.

      • Alex

        So relevancy=greatness. So, how are your feelings on how “awesome” Rebecca Black is? *sarcasm on big time*

  • One

    August 28th?

    Well, the next Sunday is Labor Day weekend and the Sunday after is September 11th. I guess they had no choice.

  • Agustin

    Gaga’s train is losing steam… The album of the decade, as she called BTW, is sinking fast! And no love from MTV? Shame.

  • Agustin

    I absolutely adore Adele, so happy for her! And Katy’s “Fireworks” video and song are just pure magic. Inspirational and beautiful!

  • Josh

    Say whatever you want about Kanye the man, but Power was an amazing video and should have been nominated for best. Love the Beastie Boys nod though.

  • SUSAN

    How do Bruno Mars get nominated for best Choreography over Chris Brown Yeah 3x, he best known for dancing. failure on MTV part

  • Amanda

    It’s an old argument, but I protest a channel that doesn’t actually show videos having a Video Music Awards. Besides the fact that the VMAs have royally sucked the last few years. I’m surprised MTV even knows who Cage the Elephant, Mumford & Sons and Adele are. It would be more fitting if Youtube had a VMAs because that’s where everyone watches them now on VEVO.

    • Cameron J

      It’s a bit… stupid, but MTV does have some premium channels that are 90% videos, way back in the 400s of my cable package. Ridiculous, but where I saw half of the noms.

    • True Blue

      It is stupid. I never got how they can still have an award show dedicated to videos when they don’t even play videos anymore, and haven’t for quite sometime.

  • Jennifer

    Katy Perry’s “ET” is a really cool video. Why did “Firework” get nominated instead? Oh, yeah, cuz MTV doesn’t even acknowledge that videos exisit anymore; they just nominate who’s popular and will show up. I remember when there used to be real competition on this show and it actually gave out deserving awards – remember when Neil Young won? Totally not a cool MTV star, but he had the best video of the year. They lost all credibility when they gave Britney Video of the Year for the WORST video of her entire career. Sigh; I’m getting old. Don’t even get me started on how the formerly-fun MTV Movie Awards.

    • True Blue

      Totally agree with everything that you said.

    • Josh

      Do they still give video awards? I think they just let the fans vote. That’s why I’m surprised they nominated four videos of high art and high regard to go up against Firework, which was fine but nothing special.

    • Dave

      Let’s be fair, “Piece of Me” wasn’t Britney’s worst video. “Gimme More” was.

  • RICH

    SHOCKED THAT THEY DIDNT GIVE RIHANNA ANY RECOGNITION. HER VIDEOS THIS YEAR WERE GREAT AND IF ANYONE HAS SEEN HER ON TOUR SHE IS IN TOP FORM, HIGHLY RECOMMEND CATCHING HER ACT

  • DRG

    What on earth does MTV have to do with music or music videos?

    • RT

      Exactly. MTV giving our awards for music videos would be like ESPN giving out awards for science fiction novels.

  • jasmine

    woo 30stm! it sucks that they didn’t get nominated for best rock video (again) but i guess its understandable because the video is so racy. at least they’re nominated for something!!

  • L

    I did like most of Katy’s videos this year I guess. While I love Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, I don’t think the video was anything special, but I liked Rihanna’s S&M video, surprised it wasn’t nominated. I also liked Gaga’s Judas video better then her Born This Way video. But whatever. These awards are kind of irrelevant by this point anyway. Should MTV really be handing out Video Music Awards when they haven’t played a music video at a decent time in like 5 years anyway?

    • True Blue

      Seems that everyone is shocked over Rihanna being snubbed. While I think that most of her videos this era have been lackluster, S&M is indeed one of the best videos this year. I don’t get how MTV is ignoring her, but then again they snubbed her for Rude Boy as well (which was absolutely wrong to do, IMO).

  • Sebastion

    HAHA GO BEYONCE’.

  • joelfromnyc

    *rolls eyes* MTV needs to get over themselves. It’s not like they honor the music video culture anymore. Whenever they DO show music videos, its usually at 3 in the morning. It’s like they’re throwing a bone just to make the 80s kids (the REAL MTV generation) happy. Trust me, its better not to even have the award show at all. What’s the point when MTV doesn’t even care about music anymore? All they care about are making teenybopper shows. Okay, I’m done with my rant. ;)

    • Maureen

      Co-sign!! Although I’m a 90s kid and not part of the “original MTV generation” ;) I do remember at least having TRL around and the excitement of watching it after school. That was probably the last time that music videos actually still mattered to the network. I agree with your comment 100%. Enough reality shows MTV! Bring music back!!

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