Lady Gaga is trying to outdo herself this year. The pop superstar garnered eight nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards last year. This year, she has 13 nominations. What makes this even more special is that Lady Gaga is the first female artist to receive two nominations for two different songs for Video of the Year. These are video clips for the songs “Telephone”, her collaboration piece with Beyonce and “Bad Romance”.
Incidentally, Lady Gaga surpassed her “Telephone” co-star’s milestone in 2009 total of 9 VMA nominations. Beyonce won three of these nine nominations for “Single Ladies” including the Video of the Year.
Other acts in this decade have received multiple nominations in a year. Missy Elliott had two great years. She got 11 nominations in 2001 for “Get Your Freak On” and 8 nominations in 2003 for “Work It”. Fatboy Slim also received 8 nominations in 2001, thanks to Christopher Walken’s tap dancing, for the classic dance clip “Weapon of Choice”.
In 2005, Green Day also garnered 8 nominations for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”. The following year, Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” received 7 nominations. This is the same number of nominations Flea and his Red Hot Chili Peppers gang received in the same year for “Dani California”.
2007 saw Justin Timberlake and Beyonce with 7 VMA nominations. JT was cited for “What Goes Around” and Beyonce for “Irreplaceable”.
Pop icon Madonna still has the most number of VMA awards at 20. Lady Gaga is 19 wins to go to tie with her. On September 12 at the Nokia Theatre in L.A., we will find out if Lady Gaga can inch closer at the 27th MTV Video Music Awards.