Picks and Pans Review: And the Moon Man Goes to...

updated 09/13/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/13/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Chuck Arnold picks his faves for the Video Music Awards, airing Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

30 Seconds to Mars "Kings and Queens"

B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams "Airplanes"

Eminem "Not Afraid"

Florence + the Machine "Dog Days Are Over"

Lady Gaga "Bad Romance"

Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce "Telephone"

The only way Gaga could top herself? Bring on B!

BEST MALE VIDEO

B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams "Airplanes"

Drake "Find Your Love"

Eminem "Not Afraid"

Jason Derulo "In My Head"

Usher featuring will.i.am "OMG"

With his cinematic clip, youngblood Drake edges out the resurgent Em.

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

Beyonce featuring Lady Gaga "Video Phone"

Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg "California Gurls"

Ke$ha "TiK ToK"

Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"

Taylor Swift "Fifteen"

Gaga's is the big monster here. Better be no Taylor madness this time.

BEST ROCK VIDEO

30 Seconds to Mars "Kings and Queens"

Florence + the Machine "Dog Days Are Over"

MGMT "Flash Delirium"

Muse "Uprising"

Paramore "Ignorance"

Flo rules with a vision of girl groups, tribal drummers and gospel choirs.

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