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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


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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-- Tom O'Neil

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


Selena Gomez tapped to host MTV Video Music Awards pre-show

Selena Gomez will host the pre-show for the MTV VMAs


Selena Gomez is no longer just playing to tweens. The "Wizards of Waverly Place" actress-turned-pop star will host the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show on Aug. 28, interviewing celebs and musicians outside downtown's Nokia Theatre on the VMA's customary "black carpet." Gomez won't be going it alone, as she'll be joined by a cadre of MTV personalities, and rock act Cobra Starship, who will perform. 

Gomez currently has a hit album with her backing band the Scene, "When the Sun Goes Down," which is at No. 17 on the U.S. pop chart. Since its release about two months ago, the Hollywood Records album has sold 249,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In a statement, Gomez noted that she holds a special place in her heart for the pre-telecast. "After all of my years watching the VMAs, the pre-show has always been one of my favorite parts," Gomez says. "It is a true honor to be hosting from the black carpet this year."

Gomez and the Scene aren't on the list of performers for the telecast, which will be covered on Awards Tracker and our sister blog Pop & Hiss. The VMAs and its pre-show will be broadcast live for East Coast audiences beginning at 8 p.m. Pacific time, and artists slated to appear include Lady Gaga, Adele, Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown and Young the Giant.

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Photo: Selena Gomez performs "Who Says" at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. Credit: Mike Cassese/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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Sneak peek: What will Britney do at the MTV VMAs?

"I heart @MTV. This one is definitely going to be a night to remember," Britney Spears tweeted the other day, referring to her appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28.

Britney has given us lots of memorable moments at past VMAs: kissing Madonna, squirming under an albino python, presenting a birthday cake to Michael Jackson that he misunderstood to be an artist of the millennium award. She's given many amazing music performances and at least one disastrous one. (The BBC said her performance of "Gimme More" in 2007 will "go down in the history books as being the worst to grace the MTV Awards.") She even, finally in 2008, won some of the awards herself, including best female video, best pop video and video of the year for "Piece of Me."

Now, what will she do next? There will be a special tribute to her on kudos night, and she's nominated for best pop vocal and best choreography ("Till the World Ends").  See the promo tease  below.

— Tom O'Neil

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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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Photo: MTV



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