This morning, MTV announced all the nominees for the Video Music Awards. I remember when they were a big deal and were not rigged. Lady GaGa got 13 nominations which is a record. That was probably part of her deal. She does not get to win 13 awards because then MTV cannot promise enough awards to other people to get them to show up or to play. So, Lady GaGa gets the most nominations ever, gets the publicity for the day and leading up to the event and probably gets to open the show in exchange. Oh, and will probably get 3 or 4 awards. Eminem is nominated and will an award if he agrees to sing with Rihanna. If you sing at the show you win an award. If you present, then I think your name is thrown into a hat with the other presenters to see who wins an award. If you have a duet with someone like Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg you get an award for sure because they can honor two people with one award.
You can tell the whole thing is fixed because at the same time MTV releases the names of the nominees they release statements from the artists saying how happy they are to be nominated. Think of this as one of those People Magazine lists that are totally subjective. That is the VMA Awards. Don't ever confuse them with something real.