Countdown To The VMAs

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Why we’re excited about Sunday night’s Video Music Awards on MTV:

Chelsea Handler: She’s the host and no doubt, she’ll shake things up.

Lady Gaga: She scored a record-shattering 13 nominations, and bound to have her arms full of moon men by night’s end.

Eminem: He has eight nominations and is expected to open the show.

Taylor Swift: She reportedly has written a song about last year’s Kanye West incident and will unveil it.

Kanye West: He’s a scheduled performer and promises to behave himself.

Justin Bieber: A performer and nominee for Best New Artist. (Kim Kardashian wishes him luck.)

Other performers: Usher, Paramore, Nicki Minaj, B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams, Linkin Park, Florence + the Machine, Bruno Mars, and Drake featuring Mary J. Blige and Swizz Beats.

Big-Name Presenters: The casts of “Glee” and “Jersey Shore,” Cher, Justin Timberlake, Ellen DeGeneres, Emma Stone, Ashley Greene, Joe Manganiello, Chris Pine and Penn Badgley are scheduled.

A look at the major categories:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”

Florence + The Machine – “Dog Days Are Over”

30 Seconds To Mars – “Kings and Queens”

Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé – “Telephone”

Eminem – “Not Afraid”

B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams – “Airplanes”

BEST COLLABORATION

B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams – “Airplanes”

Beyoncé featuring Lady Gaga – “Video Phone (Extended Remix)”

Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce – “Telephone”

3OH!3 featuring Kesha – “My First Kiss”

Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”

Ke$ha – “Tik Tok”

Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg – “California Gurls”

Beyoncé featuring Lady Gaga – “Video Phone (Extended Remix)”

Taylor Swift – “Fifteen”

BEST MALE VIDEO

Eminem – “Not Afraid”

Usher featuring Will.I.Am – “OMG”

B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams – “Airplanes”

Drake – “Find Your Love”

Jason Derulo – “In My Head”

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO

B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams – “Airplanes”

Eminem – “Not Afraid”

Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem – “Forever”

Jay-Z & Swizz Beats – “On To The Next One”

Kid Cudi featuring MGMT & Ratatat – “Pursuit Of Happiness”

BEST NEW ARTIST

Ke$ha – “Tik Tok”

Jason Derulo – “In My Head”

Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris – “Baby”

Nicki Minaj featuring Sean Garrett – “Massive Attack”

Broken Bells – “The Ghost Inside”

BEST POP VIDEO

Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”

Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg – “California Gurls”

Ke$ha – “Tik Tok”

Beyoncé featuring Lady Gaga – “Video Phone (Extended Remix)”

B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars – “Nothing on You”

BEST ROCK VIDEO

30 Seconds To Mars – “Kings and Queens”

Muse – “Uprising”

Paramore – “Ignorance”

Florence + the Machine – “Dog Days Are Over”

MGMT – “Flash Delirium”

BEST DANCE MUSIC VIDEO

Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”

Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull – “I Like It”

Cascada – “Evacuate The Dancefloor”

David Guetta featuring Akon – “Sexy Chick”

Usher featuring Will.I.Am – “OMG”

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