Katy Perry, Kanye West, and Adele
7.20.2011

Katy Perry, Kanye West, & Adele Lead MTV VMA Nominations

Katy Perry leads the way at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. The pop princess scores nine nominations, followed by Kanye West and Adele who each earn seven, MTV announced today.

Perry’s nods include Video of the Year and Best Female Video for “Firework,” Best Pop Video for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” and Best Special Effects for her futuristic chart-topping hit “E.T.” featuring Kanye West.

West picked up seven for his collaboration with Perry, as well as for “All of the Lights” and “POWER.”

Adele’s year keeps getting better. The vocal powerhouse, who has the current best-selling album of 2011, garners seven nominations for her soulful smash “Rolling in the Deep.”

Bruno Mars is up for four coveted Moonmen, while Beyoncé, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Thirty Seconds to Mars have three VMA nominations apiece. The Beastie Boys, Chris Brown, Pitbull, Lil Wayne, as well as first-time VMA nominee Tyler, the Creator all have two nods each.

Vying for Video of the Year are Adele (“Rolling in the Deep”), Tyler, the Creator (“Yonkers”), Katy Perry (“Firework”), Bruno Mars (“Grenade”), and the Beastie Boys (“Make Some Noise”).

Odd Future frontman Tyler’s “Yonkers” video, which Kanye West hailed as the best video of the year, will compete with Kreayshawn (“Gucci Gucci”), Big Sean (“My Last”), Wiz Khalifa (“Black and Yellow”), and Foster the People (“Pumped Up Kicks”) in the Best New Artist category.

The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, August 28, at 9 p.m. Voting is now open to the public. See below for a full list of nominees.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Tyler, the Creator – “Yonkers”
Katy Perry – “Firework”
Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
Beastie Boys – “Make Some Noise”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

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

BEST MALE VIDEO

Cee Lo Green – “F*** You”
Eminem feat. Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”
Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi – “All of the Lights”
Justin Bieber – “U Smile”

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO

Lil Wayne feat. Cory Gunz – “6 Foot 7 Foot”
Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi – “All of the Lights”
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”
Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
Lupe Fiasco – “The Show Goes On”

BEST NEW ARTIST

Wiz Khalifa – “Black and Yellow”
Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”
Big Sean feat. Chris Brown – “My Last”
Kreayshawn – “Gucci Gucci”
Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”

BEST POP VIDEO

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

BEST ROCK VIDEO

The Black Keys – “Howlin’ for You”
Foo Fighters – “Walk”
Foster The People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”
Cage The Elephant – “Shake Me Down”

BEST COLLABORATION

Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack – “Give Me Everything”
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”
Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi – “All of the Lights”
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – “E.T.”
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake – “Moment 4 Life”

BEST ART DIRECTION

Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – “E.T.”
Lady Gaga – “Judas”
Kanye West – “POWER”
Death Cab for Cutie – “You Are a Tourist”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Beyoncé – “Run the World (Girls)”
Britney Spears – “Till the World Ends”
Lady Gaga – “Judas”
Bruno Mars – “The Lazy Song”
LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock – “Party Rock Anthem”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Beyoncé – “Run the World (Girls)”
Eminem feat. Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”
Katy Perry – “Teenage Dream”
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Hurricane”

BEST DIRECTION

Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Beastie Boys – “Make Some Noise”
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – “E.T.”
Thirty Seconds To Mars – “Hurricane”
Eminem feat. Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”

BEST EDITING

Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – “E.T.”
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Hurricane”
Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi – “All of the Lights”
Manchester Orchestra – “Simple Math”

BEST SFX (SPECIAL EFFECTS)

Manchester Orchestra – “Simple Math”
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – “E.T.”
Kanye West – “POWER”
Linkin Park – “Waiting for the End”
Chromeo – “Don’t Turn the Lights On”