Barbra Streisand

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JAZZ-POP

This album, subtitled Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, finds the diva paying tribute to the duo behind the words of "The Way We Were," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" and "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" While consisting of songs she hasn't previously recorded, this is still hardly new territory for Streisand, but it's all so lushly and lovingly executed that it won't matter to Babs fans. Highlights include "I'll Never Say Goodbye" and "The Same Hello, the Same Goodbye," which will have you warmly welcoming back that voice-still like buttah.

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

KATY PERRY leads the nominees with nine nods for four different videos-including "Firework" (pictured)-at the 28th annual VMAs, airing on MTV Aug. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"

Katy Perry, "Firework"

Beastie Boys, "Make Some Noise"

Tyler, the Creator, "Yonkers"

Bruno Mars, "Grenade"

No amount of special effects (sorry, Katy) or celeb cameos (sorry, Beasties) can beat the raw emotion Adele exudes just sitting in that chair. You can truly feel the fire starting in her heart.

BEST MALE VIDEO

Cee Lo Green, "F*** You"

Bruno Mars, "Grenade"

Justin Bieber, "U Smile"

Eminem feat. Rihanna, "Love the Way You Lie"

Kanye West feat. Rihanna and Kid Cudi, "All of the Lights"

It's a close call with Cee Lo's cheeky charmer, but Em's gritty depiction of an abusive relationship hits hardest.

BEST ROCK VIDEO

The Black Keys, "Howlin' for You"

Foster the People, "Pumped Up Kicks"

Cage the Elephant, "Shake Me Down"

Foo Fighters, "Walk"

Mumford & Sons, "The Cave"

Playing like a trailer for a Quentin Tarantino film, the Keys' satire never fails to get you howlin' with laughter.

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO

Lil Wayne feat. Cory Gunz, "6'7""

Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, "Look at Me Now" Lupe Fiasco, "The Show Goes On"

Kanye West feat. Rihanna and Kid Cudi, "All of the Lights"

Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass"

Directed by hip-hop video visionary Hype Williams, West's kaleidoscopic clip outshines the competition.

Promoting her new album 4 with a recent four-night stand at Manhattan's Roseland Ballroom (a historic venue a fraction of the size of the arenas she sells out), Beyonce seemed to have something to prove. After all, her latest has yet to yield the kind of smash with which this girl has run the world. She opened the packed show that I saw with a hit retrospective-from Destiny's Child's "No, No, No Pt. 2" to "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"-and was in fierce form. Then, backed by an all-female band and string section, B performed almost all of 4, singing her booty off on tunes like "Love on Top" that were clearly meant to be delivered live. Statement made.

AVRIL LAVIGNE

"I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas. It just makes every person in the room have a good time. It's all about getting people amped.

NICK LACHEY

"Hells Bells" by AC/DC. [The Back in Black track] gets you up and moving!

DREW BARRYMORE

Right now what revs me up is that Madcon song "Beggin'." It's so good!

SARA BAREILLES

"Valerie" by Amy Winehouse came back into heavy rotation [after] her passing. I love that song.

LL COOL J

"Don't Stop Believin' " [by Journey] and "Livin' on a Prayer" [by Bon Jovi]. They're inspirational and driving.

SNOOKI

"Turn Around Part 2" [by Flo Rida featuring Pitbull]. When the house beat drops, I start dancing and go crazy!

DAVE STEWART

The Blackbird Diaries

Listening to Stewart's new solo album, it's clear why Annie Lennox sang lead for Eurythmics. But on blues-and country-tinged tunes, he gets a vocal boost from Martina McBride, Stevie Nicks, Colbie Caillat and the Secret Sisters.

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NATALIA KILLS

Perfectionist

This Brit drops her full-length debut on Cherrytree Records, which has also boasted Lady Gaga, La Roux and Robyn. Despite dance-pop confections like "Free" (with executive producer will.i.am), though, she's not in the same league.

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ELI YOUNG BAND

Life at Best

On their latest, this country quartet packs a pop-rock punch. At their best, they display a knack for strong songs such as "The Falling" and "Every Other Memory," which recall none other than Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

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I Was a YouTube Star!

"CHOCOLATE RAIN"

Since his deeply crooned tune in 2007, Tay Zonday (ne Adam Bahner), 29, has done voice work, acted and appeared on America's Got Talent. But he says he's still recognized by "Rain" fans who "have their son, father or girlfriend waiting on their cell phone for me to talk to."

CRYING BIEBER GIRL

Cody Grannis, then 3, touched hearts when she wept about her love for Justin Bieber in 2010. She's since met the teen idol on Jimmy Kimmel and auditioned for a sitcom pilot, but her dad, Tyler, says, "She's a normal 5-year-old." Her favorite singer now? Selena Gomez!

CRUSH ON OBAMA

Cooing about then-Senator Obama in 2007 has had its perks. "Being on SNL was a dream come true," says Amber Lee Ettinger, 29, who now cohosts Naughty But Nice on HDNet. "It's a great part of my life," she says, "but I don't want to be Obama Girl forever."

LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!

Chris Crocker, 23, admits his 2007 plea for the media to lay off Spears was melodramatic, but he says it wasn't an act. "It was more personal than people realize," he says. His insta-fame is the subject of an upcoming documentary produced by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe.

"BED INTRUDER SONG"

Antoine Dodson's 2010 interview with Alabama TV station WAFF about the attempted assault of his sister was Auto-Tuned to a hip-hop beat. Now he's pursuing music and film work. "I have no regrets," says Dodson, 25.