Picks and Pans Review: Our VMA Picks

updated 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The 25th annual MTV Video Music Awards air live from Hollywood on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 9 p.m. ET. Here are the Moon Men hopefuls we're rooting for.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Chris Brown "Forever"
Jonas Brothers "Burnin Up"*
Pussycat Dolls "When I Grow Up"
Britney Spears "Piece of Me"
The Ting Tings "Shut Up and Let Me Go"

Alter-egos rock as the Brothers race a 007 speed boat, don Miami Vice pastels and fight ninjas. Burn on!

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Mariah Carey "Touch My Body"
Katy Perry "I Kissed a Girl" Rihanna Take a Bow
Jordan Sparks "No Air"
Britney Spears "Piece of Me"*

Brit's cheeky "screw the tabs" groove proves she can keep her sense of humor while staging a comeback.

BEST MALE VIDEO
Chris Brown "With You"
Flo Rida "Low"
Lil Wayne "Lollipop"
T.I. "No Matter What"
Usher "Love in This Club"*

Brown's dancing in the street came close, but Usher's syrupy swagger and pulsing lights won us over.

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Fall Out Boy "Beat It"*
Foo Fighters "The Pretender"
Linkin Park "Shadow of the Day"
Paramore "crushcrushcrush"
Slipknot "Psychosocial"

MJ's hit, rocked out Alien Ant Farm-style with sumo wrestlers and martial-arts dance lessons? It's a winner!

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