The MTV Video Music Awards began in New York in 1984, as a night where music’s biggest names gathered at Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the year’s best music videos.
Madonna’s memorable “Like a Virgin” performance opened the show, with names like Michael Jackson and Tina Turner in attendance. It became one of the most iconic nights in music history.
This year’s event will be no different.
Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, CA., fans and artists alike can only guess what may happen. However, with a nomination list filled with artists who have flooded the airwaves and television sets with their hits, the winners for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards are fairly easy to predict.
Lady Gaga is at the top of the list with the most nominations for her single “Bad Romance,” breaking two records with 13 nods (18 including her collaboration with Beyonce for “Telephone”), the most any artist has received in a single year. Lady Gaga is also the first solo artist to be nominated twice for Video of the Year.
Eminem has racked up eight nominations for his “Not Afraid” video. In the Hip-Hop and Male categories, it is safe to say that Eminem will walk away winning at least half of his nominations because of his unyielding fan base.
The Best New Artist category holds some of the industry’s current favorites. The category includes Justin Bieber, Jason DeRulo, Nicki Minaj, Broken Bells and Ke$ha.
Fans can vote for their choice until the day of the show.
The catchy chorus and creative video for “Airplanes,” should guarantee a win in Best Collaboration for B.o.B and Hayley Williams of Paramore.
After last year’s outrageous show in New York, Los Angeles has big shoes to fill. As always, the leading names in the industry are set to make appearances: Paramore, Usher and Drake, among others are scheduled to take the stage, with a pre-show performance from Nicki Minaj. Also, back to appear (and perform) after last year’s spectacle is Kanye West himself. Let’s hope Taylor Swift is prepared.
“You never know what is going to happen on an MTV VMA stage,” R&B artist Usher told MTV.com. With the VMAs, the viewers should always expect the unexpected. Bold comedian Chelsea Handler is also set to host, making her the second woman to host solo in VMA history. See who walks always with the Moon Man on Sept. 12 at 9 p.m.
THE INFERNO’S PICKS
BEST COLLABORATIONB.o.B featuring Hayley WilliamsTitle: Airplanes
Beyoncé featuring Lady GagaTitle: Video Phone (Extended Remix)3OH!3 featuring KeshaTitle: My First KissJay-Z & Alicia KeysTitle: Empire State of Mind BEST FEMALE VIDEOLady GagaTitle: Bad RomanceKe$haTitle: Tik TokKaty Perry featuring Snoop DoggTitle: California Gurls Beyoncé featuring Lady GagaTitle: Video Phone (Extended Remix)Taylor SwiftTitle: Fifteen BEST MALE VIDEOEminemTitle: Not AfraidUsher featuring Will.I.AmTitle: OMGB.o.B featuring Hayley WilliamsTitle: AirplanesDrakeTitle: Find Your LoveJason DeruloTitle: In My Head BEST HIP HOP VIDEOB.o.B. featuring Hayley WilliamsTitle: Airplanes
EminemTitle: Not AfraidDrake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & EminemTitle: ForeverJay-Z & Swizz BeatsTitle: On To The Next OneKid Cudi featuring MGMT & RatatatTitle: Pursuit Of Happiness BEST NEW ARTISTKe$haTitle: Tik TokJason DeruloTitle: In My HeadJustin Bieber featuring LudacrisTitle: BabyNicki Minaj featuring Sean GarrettTitle: Massive AttackBroken BellsTitle: The Ghost Inside BEST POP VIDEOLady GagaTitle: Bad RomanceKaty Perry featuring Snoop DogTitle: California GurlsKe$haTitle: Tik TokBeyoncé featuring Lady GagaTitle: Video Phone (Extended Remix)B.o.B featuring Bruno MarsTitle: Nothing on You
BEST ROCK VIDEO30 Seconds To MarsTitle: Kings and QueensMuseTitle: UprisingParamoreTitle: IgnoranceFlorence + the MachineTitle: Dog Days Are OverMGMTTitle: Flash Delirium BEST DANCE MUSIC VIDEOLady GagaTitle: Bad RomanceEnrique Iglesias featuring PitbullTitle: I Like ItCascadaTitle: Evacuate The DancefloorDavid Guetta featuring AkonTitle: Sexy ChickUsher featuring Will.I.AmTitle: OMG VIDEO OF THE YEARLady GagaTitle: Bad RomanceFlorence + The MachineTitle: Dog Days Are Over30 Seconds To MarsTitle: Kings and QueensLady Gaga featuring BeyoncéTitle: Telephone
EminemTitle: Not AfraidB.o.B featuring Hayley WilliamsTitle: Airplanes