Best New Artist

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Nominees: Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, "We Are Young"; Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"; Frank Ocean, "Swim Good"; One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"; The Wanted, "Glad You Came"
Who XXL Wants to Win: “Swim Good”
Who Will Win: “Swim Good”

Most Share-Worthy Video

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Nominees: One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”; Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”; Beyonce, “Countdown”; Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”; Goyote, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Who XXL Wants to Win: “Countdown”
Who Will Win: “Boyfriend”

Best Pop Video

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Nominees: One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"; Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, "We Are Young"; Rihanna, "We Found Love"; Justin Bieber, "Boyfriend"; Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, "Payphone"
Who XXL Wants to Win: “Payphone”
Who Will Win: “Boyfriend”

Best Rock Video

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Nominees: Coldplay, "Paradise"; The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy"; Linkin Park, "BURN IT DOWN"; Jack White, "Sixteen Saltines"; Imagine Dragons, "It's Time"
Who XXL Wants to Win: “Lonely Boy”
Who Will Win: “Paradise”

Best Female Video

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Nominees: Rihanna, "We Found Love"; Katy Perry, "Part of Me"; Beyoncé, "Love on Top"; Nicki Minaj, "Starships"; Selena Gomez & The Scene, "Love You Like a Love Song"
Who XXL Wants to Win: “Love on Top”
Who Will Win: “We Found Love”

Best Male Video

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Nominees: Justin Bieber, "Boyfriend"; Frank Ocean, "Swim Good"; Drake feat.; Rihanna, "Take Care"; Chris Brown, "Turn Up the Music"; Usher, "Climax"
Who XXL Wants to Win: “Climax”
Who Will Win: “Boyfriend”

Best EDM Video

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Nominees: Duck Sauce, "Big Bad Wolf"; Calvin Harris, "Feel So Close"; Skrillex, "First of the Year (Equinox)"; Martin Solveig, "The Night Out"; Avicii, "Le7els"
Who XXL Wants to Win: “Big Bad Wolf”
Who Will Win: “First of the Year (Equinox)”

Best Video With a Message

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Nominees: Demi Lovato, "Skyscraper"; Rise Against, "Ballad of Hollis Brown"; Kelly Clarkson, "Dark Side"; Gym Class Heroes, "The Fighter"; K'Naan feat. Nelly Furtado, "Is Anybody Out There?"; Lil Wayne, "How to Love"
Who XXL Wants to Win: “Skyscarper”
Who Will Win: “How To Love”

Video of the Year

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Nominees: Katy Perry, "Wide Awake"; Gotye, "Somebody That I Used To Know"; Rihanna, "We Found Love"; Drake feat. Rihanna, "Take Care"; M.I.A., "Bad Girls"
Who XXL Wants to Win: “We Found Love”
Who Will Win: “We Found Love”

Best Hip-Hop Video

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Nominees: Childish Gambino, "Heartbeat"; Drake feat. Lil Wayne, "HYFR"; Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz, "Mercy"; Watch the Throne, "Paris"; Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz, "Beez in the Trap"
Who XXL Wants to Win: “HYFR”
Who Will Win: “Mercy”

XXL's VMA Predictions

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This year's VMAs are set to air tonight (September 6), and, as usual, there are plenty of hip-hop acts that will be in attendance, presenting, and performing. The awards typically make for some memorable moments, clear-cut winners, and unexpected triumphs. Here, XXL runs through ten categories to give some predictions.