MTV’s 2011 VMA Nominations: Where’s Rihanna?

August 2, 2011 § 3 Comments

MTV recently released their list of nominations for the 2011 Video Music Awards (or VMAs) and I have to say that I was shocked by the choices made. I usually don’t blog about these kinds of topics, but I just need to get this off my chest.

Superstars Katy Perry, Adele, and Kanye West lead the pack with 9, 7, and 7 nominations. Does this arrangement seem a bit odd to anyone else?

Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” are both in the running for Video of the Year. While I respect and listen to both artists, I simply do not see how either of these videos are strong enough contenders to be considered the video of the YEAR. What was so special about “Firework”? The song is powerful and a great motivator for many people, but a group of obvious exploding fireworks does not fit the mold of a groundbreaking music video.

Personally, Cee-Lo’s “Fuck You” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” are the two music videos that come to mind as being the best from the past year. But then again, I look for video quality (I don’t even like the song “Born This Way”) unlike MTV who only focuses on popularity and ratings nowadays. I’ll still be tuning in though, just to see the reactions when Katy Perry will most likely win.

Among all of the artists that were nominated for awards, there was one name that I felt was missing from the pack: Rihanna. The Bajan Pop Star received two nods as a featured artists for her guest spots on Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” and Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie”, but where were her solo achievements?

I think Rihanna is the hardest working artist (Pop or not) in 2011, and for her to not receive any nominations for her work is astonishing. Granted, her videos for “Only Girl in the World” and “What’s My Name” were not groundbreaking in any sense, but you cannot overlook the international impact of “S&M” and “Man Down”!

MTV definitely tried to dodge the judgement bullet by not considering these videos, seeing how both got the Parents Television Council in a uncessary tizzy. But since when does MTV not like controversy? Am I the only one who remembers the Britney-Madonna-Xtina kiss, or the bassist from Rage Against the Machine climbing a stage prop in protest of not winning an award, Kid Rock and Tommy Lee fighting over Pam Anderson, or Courtney Love throwing make-up at Madonna during her interview? Are you getting my point here?

I know that MTV is all about teen pregnancies and fist pumping nowadays, but they can’t forget that their channel used to be known and praised for its musical controversy.

The VMA’s are by no means the Grammy’s, so it doesn’t really matter if Rihanna even won anything. But for her to not be considered is just strange to me. I’m all about musicial fairness, and this is not being shown by MTV in any way.

Click here to see the complete list of VMA nominations & form your own opinions on the matter!

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(Link Courtesy of: Necole Bitchie)

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