2009 MTV Video Music Awards Preview

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The 2009 MTV VMAs are only a few hours away and, for the first time in years, I’m excited to watch. Say what you will about MTV’s stance as a reality network as opposed to a music showcase, but this year I think they’ve helped bridge the gap between what classifies “pop” and “indie.” Inspecting the list of nominees, there are artists — primarily in the Breakthrough Video category — who have a rabid indie following. While music nerds and indie advocates may tend to crap on the network, I respect MTV for giving groups like Bat For Lashes, Matt & Kim, and Cold War Kids the spotlight during their renowned ceremony featuring the typical heavyweights.

Russell Brand, who’s just about reached his peak in popularity, will once again host the show. Viewers can also expect performances by Taylor Swift, Muse, and Green Day, the premier of the “New Moon” trailer, and of course, a tribute to Michael Jackson.

The VMAs will air tonight at 9 PM PT/8 PM CT on MTV and affiliates.

Click below for the list of nominees and assorted videos.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
Lady Gaga: “Poker Face”
Eminem: “We Made You”
Kanye West: “Love Lockdown”
Britney Spears: “Womanizer”

BEST NEW ARTIST
3OH!3
Lady Gaga
Kid Cudi
Drake
Asher Roth

BEST MALE VIDEO

Eminem: “We Made You”
Kanye West: “Love Lockdown”
Jay-Z: “D.O.A (Death of Auto-Tune)”
T.I. featuring Rihanna: “Live Your Life”
Ne-Yo: “Miss Independent”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Beyoncé: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
Lady Gaga: “Poker Face”
Taylor Swift: “You Belong With Me”
Kelly Clarkson” “My Life Would Suck Without You”
Katy Perry: “Hot ‘N Cold”
Pink: “So What”

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
Eminem: “We Made You”
Kanye West: “Love Lockdown”
Flo Rida: “Right Round”
Asher Roth: “I Love College”
Jay-Z: “D.O.A (Death of Auto-Tune)”

BEST POP VIDEO
Beyoncé: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
Britney Spears: “Womanizer”
Cobra Starship featuring Leighton Meester: “Good Girls Go Bad”
Lady Gaga: “Poker Face”
Wisin y Yandel: “Abusadora”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Coldplay: “Viva La Vida”
Kings Of Leon: “Use Somebody”
Green Day: “21 Guns”
Fall Out Boy: “I Don’t Care”
Paramore: “Decode”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
Britney Spears: “Circus”
Ciara featuring Justin Timberlake: “Love Sex Magic”
AR Rahman & Pussy Cat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger: “Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)”
Kristina DeBarge: “Goodbye”

BEST DIRECTION
Beyoncé: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
Lady Gaga: “Paparazzi”
Green Day: “21 Guns”
Cobra Starship featuring Leighton Meester: “Good Girls Go Bad”
Britney Spears: “Circus”

BEST EDITING
Beyoncé: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
Britney Spears: “Circus”
Miley Cyrus: “7 Things”
Coldplay: “Viva La Vida”
Lady Gaga: “Paparazzi”

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
Beyoncé: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
Gnarls Barkley: “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul”
Lady Gaga: “Paparazzi”
Eminem: “We Made You”
Kanye West ft Mr. Hudson: “Paranoid”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Beyoncé: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
Coldplay: “Viva La Vida”
Green Day: “21 Guns”
Britney Spears: “Circus”
Lady Gaga: “Paparazzi”

BEST ART DIRECTION
Beyoncé: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
Britney Spears: “Circus”
Lady Gaga: “Paparazzi”
Gnarls Barkley: “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul”
Coldplay: “Viva La Vida”

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO
Death Cab For Cutie: “Grapevine Fires”
Gnarls Barkley: “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul”
Anjulie: “Boom”
Cold War Kids: “I’ve Seen Enough”
Chairlift: “Evident Utensil”
Bat For Lashes: “Daniel
Major Lazer: “Hold The Line”
Passion Pit: “The Reeling”
Matt & Kim: “Lessons Learned”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: “Heads Will Roll”

BEST VIDEO (THAT SHOULD HAVE WON A MOONMAN)

U2: “Where The Streets Have No Name”
Dr Dre: “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang”
Beastie Boys: “Sabotage”
Bjork: “Human Behavior”
Radiohead: “Karma Police”
George Michael: “Freedom”
Foo Fighters: “Everlong”
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers: “Into The Great Wide Open”
OK Go: “Here It Goes Again”
David Lee Roth: “California Girls”

  

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