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Katy Perry, Adele, Kanye West lead 2011 MTV Video Music Awards nominations

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Quick: Which clip won the Moonman for Video of the Year at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards?

Having a hard time remembering? That’s because the actual awards are only about the fourth most important aspect of any given VMAs (just behind the performances, the host and whatever Kanye West does).

Still, the nominations do provide an excellent jumping-off point for the show, which will air live from Los Angeles on August 28. This year, Katy Perry leads the way with nine nominations, split between nods for “Firework,” “Teenage Dream,” “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” Adele is right behind with seven nods for “Rolling in the Deep,” and Kanye West also racked up seven (most of which are for “All of the Lights,” though “Power” did get a pair of noms as well.

The five videos competing for Video of the Year are “Firework,” “Rolling in the Deep,” Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” Beastie Boys’ “Make Some Noise” and, in a somewhat shocking turn of events (if only because the buzz on his crew has died down so profoundly), Tyler, the Creator’s “Yonkers.”

You can check out the complete list of nominees after the jump. Oh, and the winner of the 2010 Video of the Year was Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Beastie Boys, “Make Some Noise”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Katy Perry, “Firework”
Tyler, The Creator, “Yonkers”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Beyoncé, “Run the World (Girls)”
Katy Perry, “Firework”
Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”
Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Cee Lo Green, “F— You”
Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie”
Justin Bieber, “U Smile”
Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi, “All of the Lights”

BEST NEW ARTIST
Big Sean featuring Chris Brown, “My Last”
Foster the People, “Pumped Up Kicks”
Kreayshawn, “Gucci Gucci”
Tyler, The Creator, “Yonkers”
Wiz Khalifa, “Black and Yellow”

BEST POP VIDEO
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Britney Spears, “Till the World Ends”
Katy Perry, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)”
Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer and Afrojack, “Give Me Everything”

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, “Look at Me Now”
Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi, “All of the Lights”
Lil Wayne, “6 Foot, 7 Foot”
Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass”
Lupe Fiasco, “The Show Goes On”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Cage the Elephant, “Shake Me Down”
Foo Fighters, “Walk”
Foster the People, “Pumped Up Kicks”
Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”
The Black Keys, “Howlin’ for You”

BEST COLLABORATION
Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, “Look at Me Now”
Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi, “All of the Lights”
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”
Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, “Moment 4 Life”
Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer, and Afrojack, “Give Me Everything”

BEST ART DIRECTION
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Death Cab for Cutie, “You Are a Tourist”
Kanye West featuring Dwele, “Power”
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”
Lady Gaga, “Judas”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé, “Run the World (Girls)”
Britney Spears, “Till the World Ends”
Bruno Mars, “The Lazy Song”
Lady Gaga, “Judas”
LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & Goon, “Party Rock Anthem”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
30 Seconds to Mars, “Hurricane”
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Beyoncé, “Run the World (Girls)”
Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie”
Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream”

BEST DIRECTION
30 Seconds to Mars, “Hurricane”
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Beastie Boys, “Make Some Noise”
Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie”
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”

BEST EDITING
30 Seconds to Mars, “Hurricane”
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”
Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi, “All of the Lights”
Manchester Orchestra, “Simple Math”

BEST SFX
Chromeo, “Don’t Turn the Lights On”
Kanye West featuring Dwele, “Power”
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”
Linkin Park, “Waiting for the End”
Manchester Orchestra, “Simple Math”

Oddly, some of the biggest names in the MTV universe (Gaga, Beyoncé, Britney Spears) are relegated to the background this time, taking up a lot of technical nominations but not really making much of an impact. And though she’s cited as a guest star on two different clips, Rihanna’s videos are completely absent, which seems impossible (especially considering the amount of Internet ink that was spilled over “S&M” and “Man Down” over the past few months). However, the race for Video of the Year is the most eclectic it has been in ages, which should make for some fine speculation over the next few weeks.

The show still doesn’t have a host or any performances announced (Lil Wayne’s name surfaced last week, but it’s still unconfirmed), though there’s always something to talk about when it comes to the VMAs. (Plus, it’s only a two hour show, a mercifully short time frame that all awards shows should adopt.) Leave your predictions in the comments!

Read more on EW.com:
Teenage dream: Katy Perry shows some love for gigantic Justin Bieber
Adele takes over Eminem’s spot as the artist with the best-selling album of 2011
Beastie Boys battle baddies in action figure form in Spike Jonze-directed ‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win’ video: Watch it here!

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