MTV VMA predictions: Who will walk away with a Moonman?

Who will win this year’s MTV VMAs? SheKnows takes a look into our crystal ball to guess some of the winners.


The MTV Video Music Awards are just a few hours away, but it’s bound to be an exciting show with the big move to Brooklyn. MTV decided to focus on the music and the nominees this year, so there will be no host helming the show. However, VMAs are guaranteed to bring some big wins for some of music’s superstars.

SheKnows decided to take a look at a few of the categories and predict the winners.

Video of the Year

  • Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, feat. Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
  • Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
  • Robin Thicke, feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams, “Blurred Lines”
  • Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Winner: Robin Thicke, feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams, “Blurred Lines”

Earlier this year, the only thing fans could talk about was Justin Timberlake’s return to music. Even though he’s nominated for six Moonmen, this award comes down to a matter of timing. No one has had a bigger summer than Robin Thicke with his summer anthem, “Blurred Lines.” Even though the song is controversial, it’s been on a continuous loop at every pop radio station the last few months.

Artist To Watch

  • Twenty One Pilots, “Holding On To You”
  • Zedd feat. Foxes, “Clarity”
  • Austin Mahone, “What About Love”
  • The Weeknd, “Wicked Games”
  • Iggy Azalea, “Work”

Winner: Austin Mahone, “What About Love”

This is a packed category of up-and-comers, but it’s 17-year-old Austin Mahone whose name is constantly mentioned in the press. He has a few famous friends including Selena Gomez, so that’s going help woo voters just by association. He’s also famous enough for his video to inspire a few YouTube parodies.

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Best Female Video

  • Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, “Stay”
  • Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”
  • Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
  • Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”
  • Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack”

Winner: Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Even though Taylor Swift is up for Best Video with “I Knew You Were Trouble,” it’s going to be in this category that she dominates. It was the third single from her wildly successful Red album and the video stars a familiar Broadway face, Reeve Carney from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Once you include her rabid fan base, the singer is almost guaranteed a win.

Best Collaboration

  • Justin Timberlake, feat. Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie”
  • Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera, “Feel This Moment”
  • Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding, “I Need Your Love”
  • Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
  • Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”

Winner: Justin Timberlake, feat. Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie”

This was a monster hit for both Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z. It marked Timberlake’s return to music after a seven-year absence and it was a cool collaboration between two huge superstars. The partnership worked so well that the duo took their act on the road for a summer tour. This black and white short artistically demonstrated how music videos are much more than just a promotional tool for a single.

Best Choreography

  • Chris Brown, “Fine China”
  • Ciara, “Body Party”
  • Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull, “Live It Up”
  • feat. Justin Bieber, “#thatPOWER”
  • Bruno Mars, “Treasure”

Winner: Bruno Mars, “Treasure”

While most of these videos make you want to get up and hit the dance floor, it was Bruno Mars who took it to a whole new level. His single, “Treasure,” was picked as the official song for National Dance Day. All of the So You Think You Can Dance fans made their own YouTube videos to the Adam Shankman-choreographed routine. If Nigel Lythgoe likes it, you know you have a hit on your hands.

To find out if our predictions were right, tune into the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25 on MTV.

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