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MTV VMAs predictions: Best social message video

Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name

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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.

Let's start with the "Best Video with a Social Message" nominees:

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WILL WIN: “Same Love.” It’s the strongest of messages in a strong...

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Summer Jam 2013: Hot 97's night of surprises and boldface names

Mariah Carey performs at the Hot 97 Summer

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Hot 97's annual Summer Jam is the New York hip-hop mainstay's way of planting its flag, taking over a stadium for a workday's worth of sets by the biggest names -- some of whom are announced in advance, some aren't. The announced bill for Sunday night's 20th installment of the festival split the difference between hip-hop legends (the also-turning-20 Staten Island collective Wu-Tang Clan; the Brooklyn-born...

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