Conspiracy against Lady Gaga at the VMAs? [Poll]
Yes, "Born This Way" is nominated for female video, but that's that. Why? "Born This Way," arguably, was the video of the year -- period. "Born This Way" was one of the biggest hits of Lady Gaga's career. It was her third No. 1-ranked single, setting new records as the fastest-selling song in iTunes history (3 million digital downloads overall) and most plays on the radio during its debut week (78.5 million).
The song was retooled on "Glee" to acclaim, and it was widely adopted as a freedom anthem of the LGBT community worldwide. Not nominating it for video of the year at the MTV VMAs is ludicrous.
Is it just a coincidence that Lady Gaga happened to dominate last year's VMAs? She swept up eight moonmen, remember, including video of the year for "Bad Romance." She even stole the show with her outrageous wardrobe, triggering a media frenzy when she appeared on stage in a dress made of meat.
The current list of MTV VMAs looks like the TV network's bosses cooked the kudos so they could have a new pop diva of the year (Katy Perry dominates the new race with nine nominations) while still getting Lady Gaga to attend by tossing her a bone with that one, chintzy nomination for best female video. Do you think that's true?
-- Tom O'Neil
Photo: Wearing the controversial meat dress, Lady Gaga accepts the award for video of the year for "Bad Romance" at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Credit: Mike Blake / Reuters