MTV Video Music Awards 2011: Meet the Video of the Year Nominees (Video)

1:42 PM PST 08/18/2011 by Sophie Schillaci
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Katy Perry, Adele, Bruno Mars and more will face off for the coveted moon-man this year.

With the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards just around the corner, it’s time to brush up on the best that Music Television (and YouTube) had to offer this year.

VIDEOS: MTV VMAs: Video of the Year Nominees
 
Leading the pack with nine nominations, Katy Perry is the obvious frontrunner for Video of the Year with her single, “Firework.” “Rolling in the Deep” is also up for the night’s top honor, with UK import Adele racking up a total of seven nominations.
 
Not to be ignored, newcomers Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” and Tyler, The Creator’s “Yonkers” are each a force to be reckoned with, though there’s no video more fun to watch this year than Beastie Boys’ “Make Some Noise.”

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In their follow up to 1987’s “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!),” the Boys are back with a star studded clip featuring Seth Rogen, Danny McBride and Elijah Wood as band members Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock, respectively. Will Ferrell, Rainn Wilson, Rashida Jones, Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst and many more also make cameos in the clip.
 
Kanye West, who can claim six nominations of his own this year, has dubbed Tyler’s “Yonkers” the best video of 2011 via Twitter. On the off chance that voters disagree, let’s hope he remains seated this time -- unlike the Taylor Swift debacle of 2009.
 
Voting has closed for this year’s winners, but catch up on the five Video of the Year nominees here. The MTV VMA’s air live on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. 

 

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