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MTV Video Music Awards Winner Katy Perry: ‘Firework’ Is ‘a Movement’ (Video)

Katy Perry VMA Award Stage - P 2011
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The singer talks about her VMA win and her husband Russell Brand's tribute to Amy Winehouse.

Katy Perry walked away from Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards a big winner with two trophies. In addition to the triumph of winning Video Of The Year for “Firework,” she also won for Best Collaboration with Kanye West for "E.T."

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“I was just shocked,” Perry says backstage in the pressroom about her Video Of The Year Award. “Because there’s a lot of great people in that category, especially Adele, who I love and is most deserving of anything, any nomination.”

“I felt like I was in the right place tonight, especially with that award,” she continues. “We all know ‘California Girls’ is a great song, but it’s not going to change the world or anything like that. But, ‘Firework’ to me, it feels like it’s a movement. I feel like you can always sing songs about clubs and bub and b---hes and hos, but it takes a little bit more to sing songs like ‘Firework.’”

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Perry’s husband, actor and comedian Russell Brand, took the lead on the event’s tribute to the late Amy Winehouse and Perry says, “I’m proud of him, whatever comes out of him.”

“I think he was right on,” she then adds. “I think not only was he providing the beautiful color palette that Amy was, but he was also providing a realistic point of view, as well, and giving hope to anyone out there that felt like they needed hope. So, I felt like it was really well rounded and smart and that’s why I married him, because he’s smart. I learn a lot.”

She also spoke about the grueling tour she’s on and her reasoning for the night’s unique outfit choices.

Watch the full interview below.

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