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Who will win at the MTV Video Awards?

Joel D. Amos is a Los Angeles-based writer, and the Senior Entertainment Editor here at SheKnows. He has interviewed numerous celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Rachel McAdams, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaw...

2008 MTV VMA predictions

The MTV Video Music Awards are upon us once again. The 2008 VMAs hit the airwaves Sunday on the music network featuring performances by Pink, The Ting Tings, T.I. and Rihanna.

The performances will be fantastic, they always are, but our readers want to know: who will win the Moonmans?

Look no further, SheKnows has made its VMA predictions and our reasoning is below. Take it as word, or with a grain of salt, either way, you now have another piece of the puzzle while filling out your VMA ballots to show your friends you are the true music insider.

Other performers on Sunday's big show include Kid Rock, Travis Barker and DJ AM (check back tomorrow for a free streaming copy of their MixTape), The Jonas Brothers, Lil' Wayne, Paramore, Katy Perry and T-Pain.

Without further ado, who will win the awards?

Best female video

Mariah Carey, Touch My Body
Future Moonman winnerKaty Perry, I Kissed a Girl
Rihanna, Take a Bow
Jordin Sparks, No Air
Britney Spears, Piece of Me

Winner: Katy Perry, I Kissed a Girl

The Moonman should go to Rihanna for her delicious Take a Bow. Since Katy Perry's ode to the lady lip lock has been such a rage these last few months, give her the award.

Best male video

Chris Brown, With You
Lil Wayne, Lollipop
Flo Rida, Low
T.I., No Matter What
Usher, Love in This Club

Winner: T.I., No Matter What

T.I.'s video packs a punch and that is exactly the type of hip-hop video MTV adores the most. The MTV VMAs of late have spread the wealth amongst their favorite peeps and currently, T.I. is certainly one of those.

Best dancing in a video

Chris Brown, Forever
Danity Kane, Damaged
Madonna, 4 Minutes
Ne-Yo, Closer
Pussycat Dolls, When I Grow Up

The ladies boogie to a VMAWinner: Pussycat Dolls, When I Grow Up

In many ways, this category should be MTV's Video of the Year. Nothing says music video lately like a group of well choreographed dancers behind the singers.

Honestly, this has got to be the most competitive category of the entire night. Each one of these videos could win, but immediately knock off Madonna, there is not a plethora of dancing in that clip. Ne-Yo and Danity Kane both presented solid contenders, but the VMA has got to go to the Pussycat Dolls with their When I Grow Up.

It is difficult to find a more catchy dance song all year.

Best rock video

Fall Out Boy, Beat It
Foo Fighters, The Pretender
Linkin Park, Shadow of the Day
Paramore, CrushCrushCrush
Slipknot, Psychosocial

Winner: Linkin Park, Shadow

Many experts have Slipknot or the Foo Fighers taking this award, but looking at MTV's past when it comes to this category, one thing rings true. The network loves to award a rock band for a year of work, more than simply for the particular video nominated in the Best Rock Video category.

Therefore, Linkin Park wins the prize in 2008, from Bleed it Out to Shadow, the band re-established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in rock.

Best hip-hop video

Mary J. Blige Just Fine
Lupe Fiasco, Superstar
The Brothers Jonas will take home a MoonmanFlo Rida, Low
Lil Wayne, Lollipop
Kanye West, Homecoming

Winner: Kanye West, Homecoming

For the best hip-hop video, one only has to look to last year's VMAs. After being shut out at the awards show that he also performed, Kanye West let it be known he would not return.

There is a very good possibility that Mr. West will be attending this year's VMAs because of this nomination. If he does not win tonight, there will be a Hurricane Kanye in Hollywood Sunday night. For that reason alone, Kanye takes the prize.

Best pop video

Danity Kane, Damaged
Jonas Brothers, Burnin' Up
Panic at the Disco, Nine in the Afternoon
Britney Spears, Piece of Me
Tokio Hotel, Ready, Set, Go!

Winner: Jonas Brothers, Burnin' Up

Although the temptation is to award Britney for her video that solidified her musical comeback, the Moonman for Best Pop Video has to go to the Brothers Jonas.

The trio from New Jersey is a sensation and MTV adores rewarding the latest craze. Tokio Hotel and Panic at the Disco are both worthy of this category, but it will be impossible to stop the band that proved there is no sophomore slump in the cards for The Jonas Brothers. This year, their Burnin' Upis the Best Pop Video.

Best new artist

Miley Cyrus, 7 Things
Katy Perry, I Kissed a Girl
Jordin Sparks, No Air
Taylor Swift, Tears on My Guitar
Tokio Hotel, Ready, Set, Go!

Winner: Tokio Hotel, Ready, Set, Go!

Tokio Hotel will make the upset of the night. Experts may believe that this award is Katy Perry's to loose. But wait, no...it's Miley Cyrus hands down, right?

Not so fast, this award is voted for by viewers online and although Miley Cyrus is beyond a pop phenomenon, the internet savvy kids who adore Tokio Hotel with feverish passion will push this band to overtake the Disney darling and win Best New Artist.

The Video of the Year

Video of the year

Chris Brown, Forever
Jonas Brothers, Burnin' Up
Pussycat Dolls, When I Grow Up
Britney Spears, Piece of Me
The Ting Tings, Shut Up and Let Me Go

Winner: Britney Spears, Piece of Me

The Ting Tings have the best video, but the prize here has to go to Britney. MTV, by getting her to come out of her shell and open the awards (again), have to give her something and what better way to close a show than the way you began it – with Britney fever.

MTV loves a spectacle and awarding Britney the final award of the night bookended with her opening the show and the network has written a script the world will be discussing Monday morning.

After this night, MTV will argue...Britney is back!

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