Katy Perry beat out Adele, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga to win MTV’s first Artist of the Year award.
Perry had a huge year in 2011. The singer’s album Teenage Dream had five number one singles. She also appeared in the movie, “The Smurfs,“ hosted “Saturday Night Live,” and won MTV’s Music Video of the Year award for her “Firework” video.
Katy Perry said:
“I wasn’t really allowed to watch MTV growing up, so this feels really validating… I’ve had a fantastic year, a great tour and a great run, and you guys have been so a part of it and such a big reason why. So thank you so much. I really appreciate it.”
Amy Doyle, MTV’s chief of music programming, said that the Artist of the Year award was chosen by seven MTV panelists. Doyle said:
“You just really felt her presence in pop culture throughout the year.”
Here’s Katy Perry’s “Firework,” which won the Music Video of the Year Award.
After winning the award for best video, Perry said:
“Oh my goodness! Thank you so much. This has been a night of firsts. This is my second Moonman. I’m very proud of the song it stands for, which is ‘Firework.’ I feel like I am doing something right when I sing that song. So thanks to everyone who helped to create it.”
CBS reports that Perry’s success at the MTV awards could lead to a couple of Grammys. Perry was just nominated for two Grammy awards. She’ll be hoping to take home the award for best record of the year and best pop solo performance for “Firework.”
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