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MTV VMAs predictions: Artist to watch

Austin Mahone, who opened for Taylor Swift on

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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.

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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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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MTV VMA nominees: Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead

Justin Timberlake attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating

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Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis each landed six nominations for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, which will be awarded Aug. 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Timberlake’s “Mirrors” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, will both compete for video of the year against Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” featuring...

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