The Odd Future standout's self-directed "Yonkers" video is up against Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," Beastie Boys' "Make Some Noise," Bruno Mars' "Grenade" and
While the Cali rapper/producer/director is more respectful of his fellow Best New Artist nominees, he still wants to win that one too. Up against indie poppers Foster the People ("Pumped Up Kicks"), Big Sean ("My Last"), Kreayshawn ("Gucci Gucci") and Wiz Khalifa ("Black and Yellow"), Tyler will let his guard down just a bit in this category. "The Best New Artist thing, that's cool. Wiz is a really good dude and I've been a fan of his music, so if he wins I'll be pretty excited. I wanna win that for sure, but Wiz is awesome, I've been listening to him since '08," he said. "Even Kreayshawn, she's cool. So if she wins that too, I'll be pretty stoked. But you know, I wanna win, I'm just gonna keep it 100."
Snagging a VMA has been a goal of the "Sandwitches" MC for months. He has been tweeting feverishly about it, but even he was surprised when he actually heard the nominations announcement. After the group manager called the entire OFWGKTA to a meeting, Tyler grew weary. "We were like, 'What the f--- does he have us here for?' We were ready to leave. Then the VMA nomination thing came on and I was on my phone and I was like, 'Oh crap I want to see what wack videos they have this time,' " Tyler recalled of his skepticism before being hit with the news. "Then they said my name and was talkin' about it and I was like 'What the hell?' I kinda stopped breathing, I was just sitting there. I was kinda shaking. I don't know, it was surreal."
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.