MTV made one thing clear when rolling out its list of nominees for the 2011 Video Music Awards: This is the year of the pop diva. And Katy Perry and Adele are sitting right at the top.
Adele might have proved she is unrivaled when it comes to her profile on the charts, but Perry’s year of churning out a host of whimsical visuals snagged her a leading nine VMA nominations, the network announced Wednesday during a live telecast.
Perry turned heads at this year’s Grammy Awards when the pop tart's largely panned “Teenage Dream” competed in the top album category, but it’s an album that spawned a host of No. 1's –- and the accompanying videos were met with equal fanfare. Always somewhat predictable when it comes to whom they choose to fete, the VMAs have remained a ceremony rewarding the song's visuals, rather than being based on chart performance or critical acclaim. Perry's rack of nods includes video of the year and female video for the hit “Firework,” pop video for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” and collaboration for her Kanye West-assisted “E.T.”
Adele’s crossover smash “Rolling in the Deep” was the only clip the Brit released in support of her record-breaking “21,” but that didn’t matter. The visual for the single garnered seven nominations, which also includes the top video of the year.