Just one year after crashing the Video Music Awards with eight nominations, the "Alejandro" singer has upped the ante once again by piling up a record 13 noms for this year's VMAs. Not only did she set a new bar for total nominations, Gaga also became the first female artist nominated for two different clips in the coveted Video of the Year category for "Bad Romance" and "Telephone."
It's fitting that her baker's dozen leaped over another high-water mark set by "Telephone" co-star Beyoncé, who scooped up nine nominations in 2009 for her smash "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" clip, which won three Moonmen, including Video of the Year.
But in the modern VMA era (since 2000), Beyoncé isn't even the closest to Gaga's record. That distinction belongs to VMA darling Missy Elliott, who (counting professional categories) rolled up an impressive 11 nominations in 2001 for her "Get Ur Freak On" and "Lady Marmalade" videos. That same year, Fatboy Slim also had an impressive showing for his Christopher Walken-assisted dance classic "Weapon of Choice," which put up nine nominations. Eminem nearly hit that mark, with his eight nominations this year.
At eight nominations, Missy did it again with another brain-melter, "Work It," in 2003, which is tied with Green Day's nomination haul in 2005 for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."
Shakira and the Red Hot Chili Peppers each nabbed seven in 2006 for, respectively, "Hips Don't Lie" and "Dani California," numbers equaled in 2007 by Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé for, respectively, their "What Goes Around ... Comes Around" and "Irreplaceable" clips.
Now that she's got one record under her leopard-print belt, Gaga can start setting her sights on the biggest target in the VMA universe: Madonna's record of 20 VMA wins. With a win last year, she's got one down, 19 to go.
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.