MTV VMAs: Katy Perry's 8 Most Memorable Music Video Moments
As we count down to Sunday's Video Music Awards, THR takes a look at several of the nominee's videos, from "I Kissed a Girl" to "California Gurls."
Katy Perry isn't likely to go home empty-handed at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, where she leads all nominees with a total of nine noms, including video of the year and best female video for "Firework" and best pop video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)."
Her video for "E.T.," featuring Kanye West, was cited in five categories -- best collaboration, direction, editing, art and special effects -- while "Teenage Dream" was nominated in the cinematography field.
Below, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at the best moments from several of Perry's videos, from those nominated for Sunday's VMAs to her breakout hit "I Kissed a Girl."
Perry's husband Russell Brand must not be a jealous man. The pop singer gets hot and heavy with a guy in bed while dressed in only her undergarments and is later seen admiring him as he works out shirtless, punching a boxing bag.
Perry -- along with featured rapper Kanye West -- floats through space in zero gravity, cavorts with aliens and kisses with an E.T. who then turns into a man. Perry also takes on a new look in the video, donning an unusual headpiece, cornrows in her hair and facepaint. At the end of the video, Perry removes her flowy garments to reveal what appear to be deer legs and tail.
Waking Up in Las Vegas
Perry heads to sin city with Avatar's Joel David Moore. While there, she proceeds to kick Penn & Teller out of their hotel room, gets married by an Elvis Presley impersonator decked out in a queen of hearts T-shirt and hits it big at the tables -- before losing it all, including their hotel room, reclaimed by -- you guessed it -- Penn & Teller.
Hot N Cold
The singer plays a bride singing to her groom, who takes off in an apparent effort to get away from the woman who's listing all of his negative qualities -- in front of a church full of people while they are standing at the alter.
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)
Perry recruited a slew of stars for this video, in which Perry plays a character named Kathy Beth Terry who wakes up after a party and sees pictures of her posted online. The '80s-themed clip, which plays like a movie complete with beginning and end credits, features Darren Criss, Kevin McHale, Hanson, Kenny G, Debbie Gibson, Corey Feldman and "Friday" singer Rebecca Black, who gives Perry's geeky alter ego a major makeover. After the night of rowdy partying, Feldman, who plays Perry's dad, asks: "Why is there some 'lost boy' in your bed?" (Feldman starred in the '80s vampire film The Lost Boys.)
Perry donned a sparkly bra -- literally -- for this clip. The singer stands on a building patio several stories above a busy street singing when suddenly fireworks start shooting from her bosom. They then spread to several of the people portrayed in the video, from a woman giving birth to a gay couple kissing on a dance floor
I Kissed a Girl
The video for Perry's breakout song starts out with her singing her seductively to the camera while in a boudoir, where she's soon surrounded by lingerie-clad women. The action then moves to other locations, but the clip never shows her actually kissing a girl. Instead, she ultimately wakes up in bed -- next to a man.
The candy-themed video features Perry tantalizing once again as she laid naked in a pink cloud made of cotton candy. The video, in which Perry frees various women from oversized sweets, also featured yet another special-effects bra, this time with whip cream shooting out of cupcake-covered bosoms