Bruno Mars Calls Video Of The Year The ‘Big-Boy Award’

'Grenade' singer is a contender in the VMA category but tells MTV News he's also excited for his Best Choreography nod.

Bruno Mars’ emotional clip for “Grenade” is one of the big nominees at the 2011 Video Music Awards.

Not only is “Grenade” up for prizes like Best Male Video and Best Pop Video, but the video is also a contender for the night’s ultimate get: Video of the Year. Mars will face off against [artist id=”3274550″]Katy Perry[/artist] (“Firework”), [artist id=”2476941″]Adele[/artist] (“Rolling in the Deep”), [artist id=”3885534″]Tyler the Creator[/artist] (“Yonkers”) and the [artist id=”968″]Beastie Boys[/artist] (“Make Some Noise”) on Sunday, August 28.

“I grew up watching VMAs. I know every performance,” Mars told MTV News recently. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been watching MTV VMAs, and when we got the phone call saying that my video was up for Video of the Year, that’s the big-boy award.”

The accolades mean even more to Mars because he personally dreamed up the idea for the video. “It was my concept,” the singer said. “I said, ’I want to drag a piano.’ I got my friend, [the video director] Nabil [Elderkin] to come direct it, and it was a risk ’cause I still hear jokes to this day like, ’What the hell you doing dragging a piano?’ ” he quipped. “But it’s my art, so shut up!”

In addition to competing for Moonmen for that “Grenade” video, Mars is also battling it out for Best Choreography for his less-angsty “The Lazy Song.”

“You know what I’m excited for? As much as I put blood, sweat and tears into ’Grenade,’ I’m excited for ’The Lazy Song,’ Best Choreography,” he dished to us. “That is amazing … and I think that would be the coolest thing ever if I went home and saw a Moonman that said: ’Best Choreography, Bruno Mars, ’The Lazy Song.’ ”

The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT. See the list of nominees, revisit last year’s highlights and vote for your favorites in the general categories by visiting VMA.MTV.com.