The girl power will be at an all-time high Thursday, September 6, thanks to the ladies nominated for Best Female Video at the 2012 Video Music Awards. With everyone from pop mavens to R&B goddesses duking it out for a Moonman this year, whoever ends up taking it home might just have the most diva moment of the night.
Most of the nominees in the Best Female category have been there and done that at the VMAs. But there’s one young lady who has yet to taste the glory of a nomination. That rookie, however, will have to fend off these VMA vets for that coveted trophy. So will Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj or Selena Gomez go all the way? MTV News breaks down their nominated videos!
Beyoncé, “Love on Top”
B made the 2011 VMAs all her own when she put her baby bump on full display during her “Love on Top” performance, but it’s the subsequent video for the 4 track she’s nominated for this year. Inspired by acts like New Edition, the simple performance clip features the Queen surrounded by several male backup dancers as she sashays in body-hugging outfits. Having already won 11 VMAs in the past, it’s hard to deny her history of nabbing the prize.
Katy Perry, “Part of Me”
Riding high off an impressive 2011 Video Music Awards, during which the star took home a handful of awards and became a first-time winner at the show, the video for “Part of Me” showed off yet another side of the eye-popping pop star. The Marine-themed clip follows a heartbroken Perry as she shaves off her hair and enlists for service. Taken from her Teenage Dream re-release, Perry decided to forgo her love of aliens and whipped-cream bras to get serious and hit the ground running in the race for Best Female Video.
Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
With only one Moonman to her name (Best Hip-Hop Video for “Super Bass” at last year’s show), Minaj’s neon-hued beach video from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded might help her win another one. Considering it features a scantily clad Nicki cavorting on the beach surrounded by tribal dancers and partygoers at a bonfire rave, the Anthony Mandler-directed video feels like the kind of over-the-top eye candy tailor-made to win a VMA.
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
It’s been five years since Rihanna took home a Moonman, previously winning two for “Umbrella.” Following a self-destructive couple, the “We Found Love” video stirred up a lot of controversy when fans thought it might be referencing her own split from Chris Brown . Well, considering the scope and message of her Melina Matsoukas-directed video, now might be her year to nab another piece of hardware.
Selena Gomez & The Scene, “Love You Like a Love Song”
Gomez may have hosted the 2011 VMA pre-show, but this year she’s upping her game as a nominee with the trippy video for her dance-floor love song. The dreamy clip follows the singer as she’s taken from a karaoke club and travels through the ’80s in varying setups ranging from a muse inspired by “Amadeus” to a rockabilly babe. Can the unusual clip help the When the Sun Goes Down singer beat these seasoned vets? Only time will tell.