Is Katy Perry Bigger Than Lady Gaga? According To The 2011 VMA Nominations, The Answer Is Yes

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Despite selling more than a million copies during its first week of release, Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way is being whispered about in many industry circles as both a creative and commercial disappointment. Some have even bandied around the theory that the record is suffering because the videos for the Born This Way singles thus far (“Born This Way,” “Judas” and “The Edge Of Glory”) haven’t scaled the same heights as her previous videos, like 2010′s Video Music Award winner for Video Of The year “Bad Romance.” And if the nominations for the 2011 VMAs are any indication, this theory may not be far off.

Four other artists (Katy Perry, Adele, Kanye West, and Bruno Mars) racked up more VMA nominations this year than the Mother Monster. Katy led the way with nine total nominations (including Video Of The Year and Best Female Video), followed by Adele with seven, Kanye with six and Bruno with four.

Gaga, too, must be feeling the pressure; how else to explain the recent media blitz of the last few days? As the summer progresses, no doubt more theories will emerge as to why Gaga didn’t (an idea that our own Nick Minichino touched on recently in his essay, “Ten Years Of The Strokes And The White Stripes, And The Question Of What’s Next”). But for now, we’ll leave the Gaga analysis alone, and instead share with you the complete list of nominations for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, which will air live on Sunday, August 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Beyonce – Run the World
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
Katy Perry – Firework
Nicki Minaj – Super Bass

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

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Lil Wayne feat. Cory Gunz – 6’7′
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now
Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi – All of the Lights
Nicki Minaj – Super Bass
Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On

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

BEST POP VIDEO
Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Bruno Mars – Grenade
Katy Perry – Last Friday Night
Britney Spears – Til the World Ends
Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack – Give Me Everything

BEST ROCK VIDEO
The Black Keys – Howlin for You
Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
Cage the Elephant – Shake Me Down
Foo Fighters – Walk
Mumford & Sons – The Cave

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
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake – Moment 4 Life
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – E.T.

BEST ART DIRECTION
Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Lady Gaga – Judas
Death Cab for Cutie – You Are A Tourist
Kanye West – Power
Katy Perry – Firework

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyonce – Run the World
Lady Gaga – Judas
LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
Britney Spears – Til the World Ends
Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Beyonce – Run the World
Eminem feat. Rihanna – Love the Way You Lie
30 Seconds to Mars – Hurricane
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream

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

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

BEST 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

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