The Wild 2012 Ups & Downs of Rihanna, Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey & Other VMA Nominees
Pop heavyweights like Rihanna, Drake, and Katy Perry look primed to walk away with a lot of moonmen at Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards. But not everything has been starry for them in 2012. Looking at the lineup of nominees, it's hard to find anyone who hasn't experienced a year of extreme highs and lows, from Perry's duality as new divorcee and new movie star to Lana Del Rey's riches-to-ridicule story.
Here's a look at some of the key MTV nominees—also including Frank Ocean, Chris Brown, and M.I.A.—and their extreme highs and lows this year:
Nominations: 5 (including two Video Of The Year nods, for "We Found Love" and "Take Care")
Good times: Rihanna became the first woman to garner 60 million fans on Facebook. She released a fragrance, Rebelle. She had her first movie role, as a soldier in Battleship. Her performance on the "Saturday Night Live" season finale was generally well-received, even though she got flack for calling in sick for the dress rehearsal. She sang "Princess Of China" with Coldplay at the Grammys as well as joining them for the tune's video.
Meh times: The Nivea makeup company dropped her as a model, supposedly because her image had gotten too racy. A man who'd been convicted of stalking her was released after 277 days in jail. In July, she sued her former accountants, saying they'd lost millions of her money. And then there was that tearful Oprah interview, where she addressed where she stands on the eternal Chris Brown Question: "I still love him…I think he was the love of my life." Signs of their current status were nebulous: The New York Daily News reported that she was seen kissing Brown on a billionaire's yacht. On the other hand, she did finally unfollow Brown on Twitter. Oh, yeah: Althought it didn't reflect particularly poorly on her, Battleship bombed.
Nominations: 5 (including Video Of The Year, for "Take Care")
Good times: His Take Care album, released late last year, is at nearly 1.9 million in sales. He did one of the voices for Ice Age 4. He's collaborating with Aayilah—posthumously, of course.
Meh times: Alleged victims of a bar brawl he and his entourage had with Chris Brown filed suit over the June 14 bar brawl, which supposedly stemmed from the two men's respective relationships with Rihanna. Drake was further dissed by Brown in a new song called "Game Don't Lie." His "HYFR" single bombed, peaking at No. 62.