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Can Lady Gaga squash Oprah and Pee-wee Herman at the Emmys?

Lady gaga music newsCan Lady Gaga continue her march toward global domination by conquering Bette Midler, Paul McCartney, Pee-wee Herman and Oprah Winfrey at the Emmy Awards in September? She is nodded in the race for best variety special. It's her first Emmy nomination and she has a decent shot at taking the award home with the flamboyant and ultra-intense "Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour" for HBO.

Lady Gaga has already won five Grammy Awards in her young career. Her most recent album "The Fame Monster" was the backdrop for this concert tour, which has been critically acclaimed and earned more than $227 million, making it one of the biggest in concert history. She was also named Billboard's Artist of the Year for 2010.

To win the Emmy, she will have to overcome one of the most difficult adversaries possible: the Kennedy Center Honors, which won this category last year and has had great success at the Emmys for more than three decades. The most recent edition of the annual celebration of the arts featured tributes to Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, Bill T. Jones, Merle Haggard and Jerry Herman (pop/rock, country, dance and Broadway all rolled into one night). The other competitors are "Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On" (a spirited concert performance for New Year's Eve), "Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking" (a gutsy, soul-baring one-woman show) and "The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway" (a re-creation of his popular stage schtick).

The ace in the hole for Lady Gaga is that her concert experience is certainly the most energetic and combustible of the works nominated. If voters want to embrace a hot star, she is really the only one in the mix.

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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Lady Gaga on her Monster Ball Tour poster. Credit: HBO


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


MTV VMA reactions: Lady Gaga was 'awful' and 'pretty great'

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Here's a sampling of comments about the MTV Video Music Awards from our forums. See more.

dust281: That Gaga performance was awful. The dancing was not needed in that performance at all. It doesn't go with the song. She should have just stayed at the piano and sang. I was excited to see something great but that was quite unfortunate.

Space: I thought Gaga was pretty great, actually.

Benito Delicias: Yet another disaster of a show.

Movieguy89: Standing ovation for Adele. That's how you rock the stage. No need for gimmicks.

dust281: Chris Brown has best performance of the night so far ... by a landslide! Wow!!

Movieguy89: I'm loving Bruno singing "Valerie"

Mercy: The show as usual was TERRIBLE!

Guru: For fan voted VMAs, the winners were not shocking like 2006. Everyone seemed expected. Everyone winner was well spaced out. I wouldn't be surprised if MTV had the upper hand.

Comic Book Guy: I think Lady Gaga pretty much ruined the night. I mean the gender bending thing, and just her existence. Yuck ... Hello Goodbye.

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Photo: Chris Brown performing at the MTV Video Music Awards. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters


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


Sneak peek: What will Lady Gaga do at the MTV VMAs?

Lady Gaga offers her fans a tease of what to expect at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28. A video showcases her in full party mode while playing around with her crew and a jazz band.

"I'm so happy my friends are here," she purrs while seated at the piano.

Lady Gaga told MTV News her views of the promo: "I really wanted it to be real, and I knew that MTV wanted it to be a true documentation of my life, and as someone that lives halfway between reality and fantasy, so do all my friends.

"I brought my friends here, and we did a jazz rendition of 'Yoü and I,' and we sort of just hung out together," she added. "And played around and did what we usually do, which is be creative with one another and talk about music and art and fashion."

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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


Lady Gaga versus Oprah Winfrey at the Emmys: Who to root for?

Lady Gaga continues her campaign to dominate all media. The singer already has won five Grammys, including three this year for her album "The Fame Monster" and hit single "Bad Romance." She has also won an American Music Award, 14 Billboard Music Awards, and her videos have claimed 11 MTV Video Music Awards.

Lady gaga hboBut this year she could also break into the Emmy race for the first time. Her HBO concert film "The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden" has been entered for consideration in the race for best variety special. She's not the only popular musician with a contender in this race. Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Bette Midler also have specials competing for nominations. Beyonce has never been recognized by the TV academy, but Midler is a three-time winner, including once for her classic appearance on "The Tonight Show" when she sang to Johnny Carson as he neared retirement.

The variety special category is a catch-all race that also includes comedians such as Ricky Gervais, Kathy Griffin, Colin Quinn, Cedric the Entertainer and "Daily Show" correspondent Wyatt Cenac (who won a writing Emmy in 2009 for the Jon Stewart series). "The Kennedy Center Honors" has won for the last two years, and last summer's event, which honored Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey, could repeat.

Musicians have also prevailed in this category, most recently in 2007 when Tony Bennett won for his special "An American Classic." If Lady Gaga wins, she will join a list of performers that includes Cher (2003), Barbra Streisand (1995) and Barry Manilow (1977). But more importantly, if she's nominated, what on Earth will she wear to the ceremony?

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: HBO


Marisa Tomei + Lady Gaga = Oscar?

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"I would have Marisa Tomei play me," Lady Gaga recently said about which actress she'd like to see portray her on the silver screen. "I am such a Marisa Tomei fan. All my friends call me Marisa when I get angry, because my New York accent just flies out of my body and I start smacking my gum."

Tomei graciously accepted the compliment as she toured the promo circuit for "Lincoln Lawyer." She told the gals on "The View" that she admired Gaga's business sense as well as her singing. "I was so touched, really. I think it's incredible that she likes my work and that she'd think of me that way," she said. "I thought it was great."

Sure, the casting suggestion is preposterous considering Tomei is 46 and Lady Gaga is 24, but let's run with the idea for a bit. Is it preposterous to think Tomei might get nominated for — or win — an Oscar for portraying Lady Gaga if the film was really, really good? Few pundits thought she had a prayer to win in 1992 for her trashy, gum-snapping screen role in "My Cousin Vinny." After all, comedic roles rarely get noticed by academy voters.

Tomei will soon be teaming on screen with fellow New Yorker Sarah Jessica Parker in "Married and Cheating," an ensemble dramedy about unhappy couples working out their marital woes.
— Tom O'Neil

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Photos: Marisa Tomei in "My Cousin Vinny" (20th Century Fox), left, Lady Gaga (Interscope)



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