2011 VMA Nominees Playlist

The Video Music Awards are Sunday night! Yes, we know, MTV doesn't play videos much anymore. And chances are Kanye has learned his lesson and will not hijack the stage from Taylor Swift though who's to say he won't hijack someone else's spotlight, right? But the VMAs are still a guaranteed evening of hot video clips, killer performances (Adele, Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars are all on the roster!), and, yes, inevitable hijinks of one sort or another. To put it another way: Gaga. Opening. With an army of Little Monsters. (What will she wear?!!!!! We can hardly wait!!!!!)

Furthermore, this year's list of nominees is the show's most diverse in years, with hipster-hop flosser Kreayshawn, indie-poppers Foster the People and bug-eating emcee Tyler, the Creator all battling it out in the Best New Artist category. But even the Video of the Year clash is interesting, with nods to everyone from Adele to Bruno Mars to the Beastie Boys. And then there's the new category, Best Video with a Message: apparently Katy Perry's "Firework" is not actually about plastic bags and sparkler boobs. (That's what we got from it, anyway.)

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