Lady Gaga and Eminem
8.3.2010

Lady Gaga, Eminem Lead VMA Nominees

MTV is going gaga for Lady Gaga. The reigning pop queen dominates the nominations for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

Gaga racks up a whopping 13 nods, including Best Pop Video, Best Female Video, and Video of the Year at the 27th annual show. She also claims bragging rights with the most nominations ever in a single VMA, as well as being the first female artist nominated for two different videos in the Video of the Year category for “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” featuring Beyoncé.

“I’m so honored for all the little monsters and self-professed freaks of the universe, to have more VMA nominations in a single year than any artist in MTV history. Ironically, I’m even more proud it’s an unlucky number; 13,” said Gaga. “A long time ago the world told me and my little monsters we would never be heard, together we changed the rules. God put me on Earth for three reasons: to make loud music, gay videos, and cause a damn raucous. Thank you MTV!”

Eminem follows his labelmate with eight nominations including Best Male Video and Video of the Year for “Not Afraid.” “Apparently MTV doesn’t care that I have two massive stadium shows on the other side of the country the day after the VMAs. F me, right?!?!,” joked Eminem about his co-headlining concerts with Jay-Z. “I mean, I’ll be there but don’t expect me to be nice about it.”

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, September 12, at 9 p.m.

A selection of this year’s nominees can be seen below. Click here for the full list.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”
Florence + The Machine – “Dog Days Are Over”
30 Seconds to Mars – “Kings and Queens”
Lady Gaga f/ Beyoncé – “Telephone”
Eminem – “Not Afraid”
B.o.B f/ Hayley Williams – “Airplanes”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Eminem – “Not Afraid”
Usher f/ will.i.am – “OMG”
B.o.B f/ Hayley Williams – “Airplanes”
Drake – “Find Your Love”
Jason Derulo – “In My Head”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”
Ke$ha – “Tik Tok”
Katy Perry f/ Snoop Dogg – “California Gurls”
Beyoncé f/ Lady Gaga – “Video Phone (Extended Remix)”
Taylor Swift – “Fifteen”

BEST NEW ARTIST
Ke$ha – “Tik Tok”
Jason Derulo – “In My Head”
Justin Bieber f/ Ludacris – “Baby”
Nicki Minaj f/ Sean Garrett – “Massive Attack”
Broken Bells – “The Ghost Inside”

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
B.o.B f/ Hayley Williams – “Airplanes”
Eminem – “Not Afraid”
Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, & Eminem – “Forever”
Jay-Z f/ Swizz Beatz – “On to the Next One”
Kid Cudi f/ MGMT & Ratatat – “Pursuit of Happiness”

BEST POP VIDEO
Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”
Katy Perry f/ Snoop Dogg – “California Gurls”
Ke$ha – “Tik Tok”
Beyoncé f/ Lady Gaga – “Video Phone (Extended Remix)”
B.o.B f/ Bruno Mars – “Nothin’ on You”

BEST COLLABORATION
B.o.B f/ Hayley Williams – “Airplanes”
Beyoncé f/ Lady Gaga – “Video Phone (Extended Remix)”
Lady Gaga f/ Beyoncé – “Telephone”
3OH!3 f/ Ke$ha – “My First Kiss”
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”
Lady Gaga f/ Beyoncé – “Telephone”
Beyoncé f/ Lady Gaga – “Video Phone (Extended Remix)”
Usher f/ will.i.am – “OMG”
Janelle Monáe f/ Big Boi – “Tightrope”

BEST DIRECTION
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind” (Hype Williams)
Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance” (Francis Lawrence)
Eminem – “Not Afraid” (Rich Lee)
Pink – “Funhouse” (Dave Meyers)
30 Seconds to Mars – “Kings and Queens” (Bartholomew Cubbins)