MTV Video Music Award nominee and California Gurl Katy Perry has summed up the main reason why fans tune in to the madness every year: “The VMAs are always the best show to watch because anything can happen. And you know us musicians, we’re psychos!”
They’re also suckers for love. No one can deny that VMAs usually serves up plethora of onscreen antics but for Perry and comedian Russell Brand, the real can’t-miss moments happened backstage. The duo are engaged and set to get hitched later this year, but it all began when they snagged each other’s attention at the 2008 festivities. In the special “The VMAs: Revealed – Presented by New 5 React Gum,” insiders uncover the beginning of their road to matrimony.
Many reports have pegged the start of the couple’s relationship to their first encounter on the set of the comedy “Get Him to the Greek.” But, more specifically, they met when “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” filmmaker Nick Stoller set up a shoot at the VMAs to score celeb cameos for his Aldous Snow spin-off.
“They wanted hot young female artists to be part of the movie,” explained VMA producer Jane Mun. “So, Christina Aguilera was performing, they got her, Pink and Katy Perry.” Perry and Brand filmed a lip-lock for the movie and while the scene stayed on the cutting-room floor, the chemistry between the two began to heat up.
“Katy Perry, Oh my god! I was so inspired by Katy Perry’s song’s message ['I Kissed a Girl'] that I’m currently going through nine Chapsticks a day and my penis has never felt more moisturized,” Brand quipped after the singer performed in 2008. Perry definitely got the joke and laughed, “I love him!”
The only problem was that Perry was still entwined with Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy. But when Perry returned to the 2009 VMAs as a single lady, it was on. When it came to orchestrating a grand entrance for returning master of ceremonies Brand, VMA folks thought the pop star could play a key role.
“She’s had a huge year,” said show executive producer Dave Sirulnick. “So [we thought] let’s ask Katy if she would sing [Queen's] ‘We Will Rock You.’ ”
The pop diva apparently rocked more than just the stage, because after flirting their way through rehearsals, producers saw the British funnyman promising to call Perry later on.
They struck up a romance, got engaged by New Year’s Eve and when Perry heard the news of her 2010 nominations, she tweeted some sage advice: “I luv the VMA’s, u never know what u’ll get from em! I got a hubby.”
The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 12 at 9 p.m. ET.