Tuesday's announcement of the 2010 Video Music Awards nominees included familiar favorites (Lady Gaga, Eminem, Katy Perry), as well as a few fresh faces and lesser-known acts.
One such artist is British songbird/rocker Florence Welch, of [artist id="3081382"]Florence and the Machine[/artist], whose "Dog Days Are Over" is nominated for four VMAs: Best Rock Video, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and, the big one, Video of the Year. When MTV News caught up with the lead singer in between shows in Sydney, Australia, she was still getting over the shock of her nominations.
"I'm still kind of processing it, to be honest," Welch said. "It's such an iconic event, and it's something I've watched on TV since I was a kid. It's one of those things: It's not real life, it's a dream scenario. So for me to be actually a part of it feels like I'm in some sort of parallel universe. It's kind of strange and wonderful and terrifying all at the same time."
Regarding her fellow nominees, Welch admitted she'd love a chance to chat with Gaga. "I love her work," she said. "I've met her twice now, and she's always been so lovely. If I get to see her again, that would be nice."
Performance-wise, Flo said she'd like to see Drake up on the VMA stage. "I'm a huge fan of Drake, so if he's going to be there, I'd like to meet him."
The London native called her nominations and the opportunity to attend the show "the most incredible thing ever."
"I wrote 'Dog Days' in a [closet] with my friend Isabella [Summers]. We had no instruments, we banged our hands against the walls. We were using pans as instruments," Welch explained of the song's creation. "We did it for fun, and then the video ... I wanted it to be as artistic as possible. It wasn't about being pretty," she said. "I wanted something that was striking and made me look a bit scary, so for it to be recognized at something as huge as the VMAs is the most incredible thing, and I'm just really grateful for the opportunity to go. It's incredible."
The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 12, at 9 p.m. ET.