She first contended here in 2008 when “I Kissed a Girl” launched her career. She lost Best New Artist to Tokio Hotel (“Ready, Set Go!”) and Best Female Video to Britney Spears (“Piece of Me”). In 2009, she was back with “Hot n Cold” and while she may have lost the Best Female Video race to Taylor Swift (“You Belong With Me”) she did win the love of kudocast host Russell Brand. Last year, she contended with “Californina Gurls” for Best Female Video and Best Pop Video but lost both races to Lady Gaga (“Bad Romance”).
“California Gurls” was the first single off of Perry’s album “Teenage Dream.” Four more of the video versions of tracks from this Grammy-nomniated disc are in contention at this year’s VMAs. “Firework” is up for both Video of the Year and Best Female Video, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” contends for Best Pop Video, “Teenage Dream” is up for Best Cinematography and “E.T.,” which features Kanye West, is nominated for Best Collaboration and four creative awards.
As Lady Gaga, who won eight of her 13 bids last year, was kept to three nominations this year, Perry’s chief competiton could be Adele who reaped seven nods, all for “Rolling in the Deep” the hit single from her No. 1 album “21.”
“E.T.” featuring Kanye West