2011 MTV Video Music Awards

The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards took place on August 28, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, honoring the best music videos from the previous year. On July 20, the nominees were announced. Katy Perry received the most nominations this year at ten, followed by Adele, and Kanye West, who were both tied at seven.[1] A Britney Spears tribute was held, consisting of adult and children dancers alike, they wore costumes based on the music videos of Spears.

At the ceremony, Katy Perry won three awards, including top prize Video of the Year for "Firework". Adele also won three awards, all in the technical fields, including Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Editing for "Rolling in the Deep". Britney Spears won a total of two awards, Best Pop Video for her single Till the World Ends and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for her influence and impact in music. Lady Gaga also won two awards, including Best Female Video for "Born This Way".[2] Other winners included Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Tyler, the Creator, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West (shared with Perry), Foo Fighters, and the Beastie Boys who all won one apiece.[3][4]

During the awards ceremony, Beyoncé revealed that she was pregnant with her first child, when she ended her performance of "Love on Top" (2011).[5] The Huffington Post later confirmed that Knowles was five-months pregnant and her pregnancy announcement had broken the "most tweets per second recorded for a single event" Twitter record, receiving 8,868 tweets per second.[6] MTV reported that Knowles' performance of "Love on Top" and the announcement of her pregnancy at the awards ceremony combined with Britney Spears tribute helped 2011's MTV Video Music Awards become the most-watched broadcast in MTV history, pulling in 12.4 million viewers. In addition, data from Google Insights showed that the most searched for term from August 29, 2011 to September 4, 2011 was "Beyonce pregnant" which reached 'breakout' levels – a term used by Google to describe a search with an increase of over 5,000 percent.[7]

2011 MTV Video Music Awards
DateSunday, August 28, 2011
LocationNokia Theatre,
Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Most awardsAdele and Katy Perry (3 each)
Most nominationsKaty Perry (10)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkMTV and VH1


Performer(s) Song(s)
Cobra Starship
"You Make Me Feel..."
Main show
Jessie J
House Artist
"Price Tag"
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
"Do It Like a Dude"
"No Scrubs"
"Who's Laughing Now"
"Forget You"
"Nobody's Perfect"
"Mamma Knows Best"
Lady Gaga
Brian May
"Yoü and I"
Kanye West
"Give Me Everything"
Adele "Someone Like You"
Chris Brown "Yeah 3x"
"Beautiful People"
Dance tribute to Britney Spears "...Baby One More Time"
"Oops!... I Did It Again"
"Stronger" (interlude)
"(You Drive Me) Crazy" (interlude)
"Me Against the Music"
"Hold It Against Me" (interlude)
"I'm a Slave 4 U"
"Till the World Ends"
Beyoncé "Love on Top"
Young the Giant "My Body"
Bruno Mars "Valerie"
Lil Wayne "How to Love"



Nominees were announced on July 20, 2011.[8] Winners are in bold.

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Katy Perry with her awards, including Video of the Year

Video of the Year

Blue ribbon Katy Perry – "Firework"

Best Male Video

Blue ribbon Justin Bieber – "U Smile"

Best Female Video

Blue ribbon "Lady Gaga – "Born This Way"

Best New Artist

Blue ribbon Tyler, The Creator – "Yonkers"

Best Pop Video

Blue ribbon Britney Spears – "Till the World Ends"

Best Rock Video

Blue ribbon Foo Fighters – "Walk"

Best Hip-Hop Video

Blue ribbon Nicki Minaj – "Super Bass"

Best Collaboration

Blue ribbon Katy Perry (featuring Kanye West) – "E.T."

Best Direction

Blue ribbon Beastie Boys – "Make Some Noise" (Director: Adam Yauch)

Best Choreography

Blue ribbon Beyoncé – "Run the World (Girls)" (Choreographer: Frank Gatson, Sheryl Murakami and Jeffrey Page)

Best Special Effects

Blue ribbon Katy Perry (featuring Kanye West) – "E.T." (Special Effects: Jeff Dotson for Dot & Effects)

Best Art Direction

Blue ribbon Adele – "Rolling in the Deep" (Art Director: Nathan Parker)

Best Editing

Blue ribbon Adele – "Rolling in the Deep" (Editor: Art Jones at Work)

Best Cinematography

Blue ribbon Adele – "Rolling in the Deep" (Director of Photography: Tom Townend)

Best Video with a Message

Blue ribbon Lady Gaga – "Born This Way"

Best Latino Artist

Blue ribbon Wisin & Yandel – "Zun Zun Rompiendo Caderas"[9]

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

Britney Spears


  1. ^ Serjeant, Jill (July 20, 2011). "Katy Perry Crushes Gaga In MTV Music Video Noms". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  2. ^ "Katy Perry, Adele score at Video Music Awards". Los Angeles Times. August 29, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  3. ^ "Beyonce and Lady Gaga dominate MTV Video Music awards". BBC News. August 29, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  4. ^ "Gaga, Perry win big at VMAs, Beyonce steals show". Reuters. August 29, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  5. ^ "Beyonce Pregnant, Flaunts Baby Bump On VMA Red Carpet". The Huffington Post. AOL Inc. August 28, 2011. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "Beyoncé Pregnancy: New Twitter Record Set At MTV VMAs". The Huffington Post. AOL Inc. August 29, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  7. ^ "News of Beyoncé's pregnancy grips Google users, US Open, ESPN popular". Yahoo! News. Yahoo!. September 5, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  8. ^ Gallo, Phil (July 20, 2011). "Katy Perry, Adele, Kanye West Lead 2011 MTV VMA Nominees". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  9. ^ "Wisin Y Yandel Named 2011's 'Best Latino Artist'". Tr3́s.

See also

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2011 MTV Video Music Aid Japan

The 2011 MTV Video Music Aid Japan were held in Chiba on June 25, 2011 at the Makuhari Messe. The VMAJ were the culmination of MTV Japan's Music of Hope campaign, the channel's multiplatform response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The 2011 awards were marked the ten-year anniversary of the MTV Video Music Awards Japan.

On May 1, a pre-event to promote the awards was held, starting at 4 PM (JST) at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Performers included the singer Nishino Kana and the boy band MBLAQ. Additionally, MTV Japan donated 10 Yens per vote to the Japanese Red Cross.Lady Gaga opened the show trapped in a giant spider web for her performance of "The Edge of Glory", the latest single from her third album Born This Way. Later, Gaga climbed to the top of the stage to a custom-made spider-shaped piano inspired by Maman, the ten metre Louise Bourgeois sculpture located in Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, and performed "Born This Way".

The winners were announced on July 2, on a special program. The big winner was Lady Gaga with three awards, including Video of the Year.

Shake Me Down

"Shake Me Down" is the first single and fourth track on Cage the Elephant's second album Thank You, Happy Birthday.

A music video for the single was released on January 11, 2011. Both the song and the video gained much critical acclaim, and earned a nomination for Best Rock Video at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

Yonkers (song)

"Yonkers" is a song by American rapper and Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator, released as the lead single from his debut studio album Goblin. It was produced by Tyler, the Creator. The single was released digitally on February 14, 2011. The song received controversy due to its violent lyrics and numerous "disses", although it was critically acclaimed, landing on numerous year-end lists. Tyler also directed a music video for the single, which was also met with positive critical reception, giving Tyler the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Numerous magazine publications noted "Yonkers" as Tyler, the Creator and Odd Future's breakout song. The song was featured in the soundtrack to the video game Saints Row: The Third.

Zun Zun Rompiendo Caderas

"Zun Zun Rompiendo Caderas" (English: "Zun Zun Breaking Hips") is a song performed by reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel. The song is taken from their compilation album Los Vaqueros: El Regreso as the first promotional single from the album. It was sent to radio stations on December 6, 2010 and released for digital download on December 7, 2010. The official remix features Tego Calderón and Pitbull. The music video won best Latino artist at 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.


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