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MTV VMAs predictions: Artist to watch

Austin Mahone, who opened for Taylor Swift on

Austin Mahone, who opened for Taylor Swift on her "Red" tour, will perform with Ariana Grande during the VMAs pre-show. (Credit: AP)

To get ready for the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center Sunday night, we're going to look at the nominees in some of the top categories.

The "Artist to Watch" category probably won't be too close, but you never know. Voting in this category doesn't close until it is awarded Sunday night, so feel free to support your fave here.

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(Watch the uncensored version of The Weeknd's "Wicked Games" here. Warning: There's swearing.)

WILL WIN: Austin Mahone. The 17-year-old heartthrob is well on his way to becoming the next Justin Bieber and his video for “What About Love” has set so many teenage girls’ hearts a-flutter and their fingers a-voting.

SHOULD WIN: Zedd. The 23-year-old German producer is the real deal, as his high-energy live show proves and his famous fan (and new collaborator) Lady Gaga will attest. His song “Clarity” shows that dance songs can be lyrically complex and still keep the beat.

Tags: MTV , VMAs , The Weeknd , Austin Mahone , Zedd , Twenty One Pilots , Iggy Azalea

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