“Otis” gives us a taste of “Watch the Throne.”

- Katy Perry scored leads the pack with nine MTV Video Music Award nominations, because that’s what she was engineered to do. Her “Firework” video is up against the odd combination of Adele, Bruno Mars, Beastie Boys and Tyler, the Creator in Video of the Year category.

- R. Kelly underwent emergency throat surgery. He’ll be OK but will be out of action for a while.

Clicky shuffle: Your random song for Thursday morning:

- The Saints, “Demolition Girl”