The 2011 VMA Nominations
  • THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011

  • Posted by: Elana Ehrenberg

It's that time of year again: KanyeFest 2011! Whoops, I mean, the MTV VMAs! Last night, MTV announced their nominations for this year's VMAs and were met with howls of disapproval from the pop music community. Once again, they tried ever so hard to please everyone, but what's this? Gaga and Beyonce were only nominated for 3 categories?! And Britney, only 2?! Sorry ladies, but the biggest diva of them all had to have his ego fed. Kanye West is up for 11 nominations mainly for his "All Of The Lights" video and appearance on Katy Perry's "ET". Surprisingly though, none of the above mentioned artists are up for Video of the Year. Those nominations were awarded to Adele for her video "Rolling In The Deep", Bruno Mars for "Grenade", Katy Perry for "Firework", Beastie Boys for "Make Some Noise" and OF's Tyler, The Creator for "Yonkers". Let's take a closer look at these choices.

Adele "Rolling In The Deep": Visually stimulating video with water glasses, smashed plates, etc. The only thing not very interesting to watch is Adele herself. C'mon girl, get up off that chair and DO something. Yes, Adele has been quoted as saying that she doesn't "make music for eyes," but isn't that what a music video is?

Bruno Mars "Grenade": Struggling with a piano = struggles with music? No grenades anywhere in this video. Not even any explosions. I'm disappointed.

Katy Perry "Firework": Now that's more like it. Who wouldn't vote for Katy Perry's boobs shooting off fireworks?

Beastie Boys "Make Some Noise": All-star cast with Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Elijah Wood, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, John C. Reilly, Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, Rainn Wilson, Rashida Jones, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny, Maya Rudolph, and even Orlando Bloom. If they win, does that mean all of Hollywood has to share the Moonman?

Tyler, The Creator "Yonkers": This was soley nominated to please the hip hop/indie viewers of MTV (wait what? Those exist?). Impressive that he directed it himself and full of shock-value, AKA the thing OF does best. Also mentions stabbing Bruno Mars: competitive much, Tyler?

Check out the rest of the nominees and categories below. Honorable mention goes out to Rhianna who was nominated for her collaborations on other artist's videos, but none of her own.

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 For 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, Superbass

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

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