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Poll results: Yes, Lady Gaga was cheated at MTV VMAs

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An overwhelming percentage of respondents at our Awards Tracker poll believe Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" would have won the Moonman for best video of the year if it had been nominated.

When asked if "Born This Way" would have beaten Katy Perry's "Firework" -– which claimed the top MTV VMA prize Sunday night -- 74% (1,675 votes out of 2,267)  said "Absolutely. Yes. Definitely" while 26% (592 votes) said "Nooooo way." There is strong evidence to back up the majority belief: "Born This Way" bested "Firework" in the two categories where they competed -– best female video and best video with a message. The latter category was hurriedly added to the lineup after nominations were unveiled and widespread outrage erupted over the fact that "Born This Way" didn't make the top race.

There's a strong possibility that MTV wanted a new diva to dominate this year's awards after Lady Gaga romped with eight victories in 2010. This year, she received only one nomination at first -– for best female video -– compared to nine for Perry, but then the Video Music Awards added the new category for best video with a message.

When nominations were announced and Lady Gaga fared so poorly, Awards Tracker polled readers to get their views. About 84% of respondents (4,655 voters out of 5,529) checked off this response: "MTV wants to crown a new pop diva so they rigged the vote results to favor Katy Perry."

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Photo: Lady Gaga, as Joe Calderone, performs with Queen's Brian May. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images


Was Lady Gaga cheated at the MTV VMAs? [Poll]

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There may be a revealing message in the news of who won the MTV Video Music Award for best video with a message. The fact that Lada Gaga's "Born This Way" beat Katy Perry's "Firework" suggests that maybe -- just perhaps -- it might have won the top prize for video of the year if it had been nominated.

The new award for video with a message was added clumsily and hastily to the lineup after outrage erupted over the fact that "Born This Way" wasn't nominated for top video. In an Awards Tracker poll after nominations were announced, 84% of respondents (4,655 voters out of 5,529) said they believed MTV cheated Lady Gaga out of a nomination for video of the year. They checked off this response option: "Yes. MTV wants to crown a new pop diva so they rigged the vote results to favor Katy Perry."

Last year, Lady Gaga swept the MTV VMAs, winning eight Moonmen. This year Perry led with the most nominations (nine originally, upped to 10 when the new category was unveiled for best video with a message), and Lady Gaga received only one –- for best female video. It appeared as if MTV were tossing her one bone to entice her to attend the ceremony.

In the race for female video, "Born This Way" beat "Firework" too. How do you think it would've fared if it had been nominated for video of the year?

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Photo: Lady Gaga assumed the persona of her male alter ego, Jo Calderone, to accept her Moonman for best female video. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters


Can Adele trounce Katy Perry at MTV VMAs? [Poll]

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Let's be honest. The MTV Video Music Award for best video of the year will go to either Katy Perry ("Firework") or Adele ("Rolling in the Deep"). The other three nominees don't have a prayer: Beastie Boys ("Make Some Noise"), Bruno Mars ("Grenade") or Tyler, The Creator ("Yonkers").

Katy Perry may seem like the fave because she leads overall with the most nominations (nine), but now let's be brutally honest: "Firework" is old news. Many music fans are sick of the song and video. Furthermore, it's not just cheesy, it's pure Cheez Whiz with be-proud-of-who-you-are lyrics like, "Baby you're a firework/ Come on let your colors burst/ Make 'em go 'Oh, oh, oh!'"

"Oh, come on!" lots of cynics groaned upon hearing the tune for the first time.

Adele has much more cred with music critics and -– surprise –- huge popularity with the public. "Rolling in the Deep" is the No. 2 digital download of the year, behind Katy Perry's collaboration with Kanye West, "E.T.," which is not up for this award. Both songs topped 4 million downloads compared to 2.3 million for "Firework."

Or is it possible that neither Adele nor Perry will win? They've both been totally skunked at past MTV VMAs.

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Photos: Adele (Columbia Records), Katy Perry (Capitol)


Fans respond to MTV video award nominations

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Now that the hoopla's died down over the announcement of the MTV Video Music Award nominations, let's check in with our forum commentators to get their opinions. Sample quotes below. See more in our forums.

UPitt: Honestly, I'm not the biggest Katy Perry fan - But I hope that she wins a couple of awards during the VMAs this year. If the girl can't win any Grammy Awards, she should at least win a VMA award or two as an alternative prize, lol.

Criss808: Katy Perry would've deserved VOTY for "E.T.". MTV really dropped the ball on that one. That's a much better music video.

Beastialg: Wow, Katy got nominations all across for 4 different videos? Gaga almost snub? This noms are crazy...

Mercy: The fact that Rihanna, Beyonce, Gaga and Britney didn't get that many nominations is telling. Everyone was predicting them for the big categories. I'm loving the Lady Gaga snubs!

Tara Lauder: Guess they already gave Britney, Beyonce, Gaga, Rihanna their awards and time in the light, so they will move on to someone new like Katy and Adele.

musicboy: Happy for Bruno Mars, Adele and Katy.

Andresg770: Well, I think we've all learned a valuable lesson: If you're a male artist and want a VMA nomination, get Rihanna as a featured artist on your song. If you're a female artist and want a VMA nod, though, don't be Rihanna...

musicluva123: If Gaga fans are mad now, just wait until Grammy nominations night.

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Photo: Katy Perry in "Firework" (Capitol)


MTV VMA diva smackdown: Katy Perry vs. Lady Gaga

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There is only one MTV Video Music Awards category in which the pop diva who dominates this year's competition with nine nominations (Katy Perry) squares off against the one who swept the kudofest last year with eight wins (Lady Gaga): best female video.

Never mind the speculation over why Lady Gaga isn't nominated opposite Perry in the other races (87% of respondents to our poll believe there's an MTV conspiracy against her). Let's focus on just this contest, in which Lady Gaga is nominated for "Born This Way" and Perry is up for "Firework."

Who'll win? Or do you think there's any chance that the other nominees might pull off a victory and squash the dueling divas -- Adele ("Rolling in the Deep"), Beyonce ("Run the World (Girls)") and Nicki Minaj ("Super Bass")?

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Photos: Katy Perry in "Firework" (Capitol), and Lady Gaga in "Born This Way." Credit: Interscope


Conspiracy against Lady Gaga at the VMAs? [Poll]

Lady gaga mtv video music awards newsThere's something wacky about the MTV Video Music Awards: Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" isn't nominated for the VMA video of the year.

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?

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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


Poll: What will win best video at the MTV VMAs?

Mtv video music awards newsThe video of the year award is the equivalent to best picture at the Oscars. It's the coolest kudo you can win at the MTV video awardsfest. Recent victors: Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" (2010), Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (2009) and Britney Spears' "Piece of Me" (2008).

Below is the list of this year's contenders complete with description courtesy of MTV. You can cast your vote for the winner now.

Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" — directed by Sam Brown. Adele showcases her heartbreak in a thumping, plate-smashing display of fury and sadness.

Beastie Boys, "Make Some Noise" — directed by Adam MCA Yauch. The Beastie Boys make a triumphant return in a star-studded look back at past debauchery and their future reality.

Bruno Mars, "Grenade" — directed by Nabil Elderkin. Bruno Mars drags a piano through city streets after a brush with unrequited love.

Katy Perry, "Firework" — directed by Dave Meyers. Katy Perry sparks inner confidence in a colorful burst of fun and flames.

Tyler, the Creator, "Yonkers" — directed by Wolf Haley. Tyler the Creator slips into the director's chair and serves up blurred insight into the mind of his alter ego.

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Is Katy Perry doomed at the MTV Video Music Awards?

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By leading with the most MTV VMA Award nominations, Katy Perry may seem like a favorite of those kudos, but, in fact, the opposite is true. Even though she's been showered with nominations in the past, she's never won.

Perry has had a chummy history with the VMA Awards -- she even met her future husband Russell Brand there back in 2009 when she performed Queen's "We Will Rock You" with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and Brand hosted. She was nominated for best female video then for "Hot n Cold," but lost.

At that point, Perry was probably numb to her losses, though. One year earlier, her red-hot "I Kissed a Girl" lost for best female video, best new artist, best editing, best art direction and best cinematography.

Last year, her "California Gurls" got trounced in the races for best female video and best pop video. Now she's up for video of the year ("Firework"), female video ("Firework") and best collaboration ("E.T."). What gives?

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Photo: Katy Perry. Credit: Associated Press



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