Beyonce, Lady Gaga, And Britney Spears Top The MTV VMA Nominations

My pubescent pop-culture adrenaline soared to dangerous heights for MTV’s Video Music Awards back in high school. And still, it’s fun to see who made the cut. So get your ballots ready, cause the nominations are in! “Single lady” Beyoncé and Lady Gaga each have nine nominations, tying for the top spot. Britney Spears has the third-highest number of nominations—she reeled in seven. We’ll have to wait until September 13, when Russell Brand hosts the show for the second year in a row, to see who walks home with the most moon men. Maybe they should start making a moon woman? [MTV]So who’s representing for the men? In an epic battle of rap awesomeness Kanye West and Eminem find themselves vying for several categories against each other.

But while they battle it out, there’s no question that the VMAs love them some Britney. Admittedly, Brit has made a legit comeback this year despite some bumps. Which is why MTV needs to cut the crap and stop giving Britney nominations to make her feel better. Last year, during her darkest of tabloid years, MTV nominated Britney’s video “Piece of Me” twice, which is two more noms than the song should have gotten. It walked away with freaking Video of the Year. What? That video was a pile of blah—Britney doesn’t even do a cheesy pop song dance in it! Totes undeserving.

This year will hopefully be different. Britney’s songs “Circus” and “Womanizer” are a thousand percent better and have a legit shot to win Video of the Year. But come on MTV, don’t give out awards to celebs so they keep letting you shoot “exclusives” on their tour buses. Give out the awards for the best, most creative, most entertaining videos out there.

Some other notable vids up for shiny moon man glory: “Live Your Life” by T.I. featuring Rihanna, “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay, “Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry and “21 Guns” by Green Day. I wish all the artists the best of luck! And no worries if you miss the original broadcast on Sept. 13—you know MTV will replay that shiz to death everyday for a month after it airs.