"Katy Perry can do no wrong in my book," Neil Patrick Harris gushed to MTV News. "She's tall, she's funny, she can sing and has a sharp wit and is a savvy businesswoman. I say Katy Perry may take over the world. I will be her vice president."
Hank Azaria, who plays bad guy Gargamel in the partially animated, 3-D romp, had similar sentiments for the larger-than-life pop star, though he actually just met her for the first time at the movie's premiere. "Congratulations, Katy Perry/Smurfette," he said, before admitting, "I'm just not up on the young people's music of today. I've heard of her [and] the fact that I know who she is is tremendous, because if I know who she is, and she's a recording artist under the age of 35, that means she's very big."
So, what kind of impression did Perry leave on Azaria? "It was rather exciting," he said. "She's a genuine pop idol; my heart raced. She's beautiful and a huge star."
Perry will be competing for Video of the Year and Best Female Video for "Firework"; Best Pop Video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"; and Best Collaboration, Best Art Direction, Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Special Effects for the Floria Sigismondi-directed "E.T.," which features fellow nominee Kanye West. Her "Teenage Dream" clip also nabbed a nomination for Best Cinematography.
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.