In case you didn't hear, Katy Perry kissed a girl and she liked it. And it's lucky for her she did. "I Kissed a Girl" spent seven weeks atop Billboard's Hot 100 list (dethroned, finally, by queen of the summer single, Rihanna), making her a certified pop star and a contender for both Best New Artist and Best Female Video at this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.
Perry's success comes as no surprise to Kinga Burza, who directed the video for the catchy single and says she always had a feeling that the 23-year-old daughter of a preacher man might have a chance at stardom.
"I predict she is going to be massive and wish her all the best," Burza told MTV News. "She's fresh, original, intelligent and talented, with a star-like charisma, which will have boys and girls all around the world cooing for more!"
Although the song has now become a summer anthem, making the video was no small feat for the director and Perry. The production was initially plagued with budget concerns, tight time constraints and irritating location changes.
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"I actually wanted it to be set in a hotel room, but due to budget and time restraints, it wasn't possible," Burza said. Instead, the newly minted pop star had to take her act to a 1970s castle in the Hollywood Hills that has often been used as the setting "for pornos and horror films" the director said.
"I Kissed a Girl" had the potential to be one very hot music video, but Burza chose a less-obvious approach. She felt that the song's sexiness was evident enough in its lyrics, so the video was an opportunity to show off Katy's charisma instead.
"I just really wanted to have Katy performing, whilst being surrounded by loads of really sexy girls," Burza explained. "Of course, I didn't want to feature them too much, as the video was all about Katy, and for me, it was more about insinuating and being suggestive with sexy body shapes and silhouettes.
"It was not [about being] obvious or distasteful. The song's lyrics are enough," she added. "We don't want female teens all over the world pashing each other because they look up to Katy Perry!"
As the VMAs approach, Perry admits to feeling a bit out of her league. In the New Artist category, she's competing against Miley Cyrus, Jordin Sparks, Tokio Hotel and Taylor Swift. And for Best Female Video, she faces Sparks, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and Rihanna.
"I feel like I just kind of showed up on the scene, and I'm nominated with more established artists. They're on their third single, and I'm still kissing girls," Perry told MTV News last month. "I'd love to have a Moonman. Everyone wants a Moonman, but I think this is just the beginning, and if I get lucky enough to win, I'm going to create a necklace out of it."