Previewing The VMAs
Will the year's biggest hit, "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra, take the VMA award for Video Of The Year? Will Carly Rae Jepsen take the prize for Best New Artist for her equally inescapable "Call Me Maybe"? Will Nicki Minaj win Best Hip-Hop Video for the second year in a row? These and other questions will be answered on September 6, when MTV's 29th annual Video Music Awards are broadcast from Staples Center in Los Angeles. (This is the first time the VMAs will be held at Staples Center, the long-time home of the Grammy Awards.)
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart will host the ceremony for the first time.
Here's what to watch for in nine key categories.
Video Of The Year
Katy Perry and Rihanna are both vying to become the first woman to win Video of the Year more than once. Perry, who won last year for "Firework," is nominated this year for "Wide Awake." Rihanna, who won in 2007 for "Umbrella" (featuring Jay-Z), has two videos in the running this year: "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris) and Drake's "Take Care," on which she is featured.
Eminem is currently the only artist to have won Video of the Year more than once. He took the prize in 2000 for "The Real Slim Shady" and in 2002 for "Without Me." (So, yes, Perry is also vying to become the first artist in VMA history to win the top prize in back-to-back years.)
Three of the five finalists are collaborations: "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra, "Take Cake" and "We Found Love." (MTV's list of nominees credits Calvin Harris for "We Found Love," even though he doesn't appear in the video.) To date, "Umbrella" is the only collaboration to have won in this category.
M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls" rounds out the category.