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Date: Sep 10 2001


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On Thursday, September 6, the MTV Video Music Awards airs live from New York City.
The star-studded event is one of the most exciting nights of the year for musicians and music fans around the world.
Learn more about the VMA’s and find out who I think is going to win the most prestigious awards.


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Videos were nominated this year in 21 different categories, including Best Group Video, Best Rock Video, Best Dance Video and Best Video from a Film. The three most coveted awards are Best Video Of The Year, Best New Artist and Viewers Choice.
The nominees for these three awards and my winning picks:
Best Video Of The Year
Fatboy Slim
 ’Weapon of Choice’
 ’Beautiful Day’
Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, Pink, Missy Elliott
 ’Lady Marmalade’
Janet Jackson
 ’All For You’
Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott
 ’Get Ur Freak On’
Migs Pick:
Eminem featuring Dido
Why: Eminem was the most intriguing artist in the music business in the past year. Eminem continued to show that while his lyrics can be abrasive and offensive, he truly is a musical genius.
“Stan” is a unique song because it features the incredibly talented rapper Eminem and the singer with an angel’s voice – Dido. “Stan” tells the story of a crazed Eminem fan who commits suicide. The video perfectly captures the story told in the song. Watching the video is like watching a short movie.
[Eminem won last year’s Best Video Of The Year award for “The Real Slim Shady.”]
Best New Artist
Sum 41
Nikka Costa
 ’Like A Feather’
David Gray
Migs Pick:
Alicia Keyes
Why: The Best New Artist award is one of the most important because it usually signals the beginning of a long and meaningful career in music for the winner. Past winners include Macy Gray, Eminem, Fiona Apple and Alanis Morissette.
Alicia Keyes will win the award this year because her song, “Fallin’”, is one of the biggest hits of the year, and because her video is brilliant.
Alicia is quite simply the most talented, most beautiful and most interesting nominee this year.
Viewers Choice
Backstreet Boys
 ’The Call’
 ’Ride Wit Me’
Destiny’s Child
 ’Independent Woman Part 1’
Limp Bizkit
 ’My Way’
Eve featuring Gwen Stefani
 ’Let Me Blow Ya Mind’
Migs Pick:
Why: The Viewers Choice award is probably the most significant of all the awards. It shows who the fans like the most, because the fans choose who wins. In fact, you can still cast your vote for the winner. Click here to go to MTV.com and make your selection.
NSYNC will win the Viewers Choice award this year because it is the most popular band on the planet. Young people all over the world love NSYNC because they can sing, they can dance, and they make great videos!



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The MTV Video Music Awards are always fun to watch. Just about every celebrity in the music business comes out to watch or perform at the awards. This year, performers include Britney Spears, Jay-Z, Alicia Keyes, Jennifer Lopez, NSYNC, Staind and U2.
Don’t miss it!
To learn more about the VMA’s, go to MTV.com. To discuss the awards, come to the “Music Mix” message board!
Have a great week!
- Migs


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