Katy Perry tops the nominees in 2011 VMAs with a whopping nine nods for "E.T.," "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," "Teenage Dream" and "Firework." Perry has yet to win a Moonman, but the show has played an important role in her career and personal life in other interesting ways.
"It's always exciting to be a part of the VMAs because there's so much spontaneity," "I just remember growing up seeing craziness ensued with the VMAs. I wasn't allowed to see it, but I done watched it!"
Perry made her VMA debut that year, singing along with the night's house band, Travis Barker and the late DJ AM. That night, "I Kissed a Girl" was up for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Female Video and Best New Artist. Wow!
Although she didn't take any prizes home in 2009, she did manage to nab Brand, who hosted the show for a second year. Perry said she saw a different side of the comedian during and after the show. "I really appreciate his sense of humor," she explained. "It's real dark, it's real wrong and it's really funny."
In 2010, Perry hit the VMAs' white-hot carpet in Los Angeles and was by then one of the biggest pop stars in the world.
The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. Don't Miss.