Katy Perry notches 9 MTV VMA Award nominations

July 21, 2011
FILE - In this April 19, 2011 file photo, singer Katy Perry arrives for the European premiere of "Arthur" at the O2 Arena in London. Perry leads the MTV Video Music Award nominations with nine, including video of the year for her song "Firework." (AP Photos/ Joel Ryan, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Katy Perry's "Firework" had enough sparks to help her claim a leading nine MTV Video Music Award nominations, including video of the year.

Perry — who hosted the network's Wednesday night special announcing the nominations — was also nominated for best female video for "Firework," and best pop video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)."

Adele tied Kanye West with seven nominations. The best-selling Brit will compete with Perry for top video with "Rolling in the Deep." Others in the category include the Beastie Boys for "Make Some Noise"; rapper Tyler, the Creator for "Yonkers"; and Bruno Mars for "Grenade."

Mars was nominated for four Moonman trophies. Other multiple nominees include Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Eminem.

The VMAs will air live from Los Angeles on Aug. 28.


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