Picks and Pans Review: Our Mtv Award Picks

updated 09/14/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/14/2009 01:00AM

>• Will it be Beyoncé and her robot glove? Or Lady Gaga and her hair bow? The two divas lead with nine nominations apiece for the 26th annual Video Music Awards, airing from Manhattan Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (8 p.m. CT) on MTV. Here's who we'd like to see land a Moon Man.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Beyoncé "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"

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Eminem "We Made You"

Britney Spears "Womanizer"

Lady Gaga "Poker Face"

Kanye West "Love Lockdown"

No other video captured the pop-culture consciousness (hello, SNL!) like Beyoncé's Bob Fosse-inspired black-and-white stunner.

BEST MALE VIDEO

Eminem "We Made You"

Jay-Z "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)"

Ne-Yo "Miss Independent"

Kanye West "Love Lockdown"

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T.I. featuring Rihanna "Live Your Life"

This comes down to a battle of the hip-hop heavyweights (sorry, Ne-Yo), with West getting our vote for his African tribal visions.

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

Katy Perry "Hot N Cold"

Kelly Clarkson "My Life Would Suck Without You"

Taylor Swift "You Belong with Me"

Beyoncé "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"

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Lady Gaga "Poker Face"

Pink "So What"

While this is a pretty femme-tastic bunch, nobody rocked a leotard like Sasha Fierce. Second choice: that crazy Lady Gaga (pictured).

BEST ROCK VIDEO

Coldplay "Viva la Vida"

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Green Day "21 Guns"

Paramore "Decode"

Kings of Leon "Use Somebody"

Fall Out Boy "I Don't Care"

Coldplay's richly colored clip looks like a painting come to life, giving Chris Martin's crew the slight edge over Green Day.

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