VMAs 2012: PEOPLE's Picks to Win

09/06/2012 at 03:40 PM EDT

VMAs 2012: PEOPLE's Picks to Win
Rihanna and Carly Rae Jepsen

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Rihanna

Rihanna

This year's crop of MTV Video Music Award nominees range from dance hits like Nicki Minaj's "Starships," to the still maddeningly catchy "Call Me Maybe."

So who will emerge victorious at Thursday night's awards show?

Here are our picks for who should win … tell us who you think should take home moon men in the comments section below.

Video of the Year







Katy Perry, "Wide Awake"
Rihanna, "We Found Love"
Drake feat. Rihanna, "Take Care"
M.I.A., "Bad Girls"
Gotye feat. Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know" (PEOPLE'S PICK)

Breakout star Gotye (who performs with Kimbra in his hypnotic, stop-animation video for "Somebody That I Used to Know") deserves the top Moonman at the VMAs, airing at 8 p.m./ET. on MTV.

Best Female Video





• Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe" (PEOPLE'S PICK)
• Fun., "We Are Young"
• Frank Ocean, "Swim Good"
• One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"
• The Wanted, "Glad You Came"

The Canadian pop phenom's video is like a screwball comedy – a story with an unexpected (but funny) twist.

Best Rock Video





• The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy" (PEOPLE'S PICK)
• Coldplay, "Paradise"
• Linkin Park, "Burn It Down"
• Jack White, "Sixteen Saltines"
• Imagine Dragons, "It's Time"

Big budgets are for losers. This clip, of a security guard shimmying to the Keys' gospel-steeped rocker, is awesome in its simplicity.

Best Rap Video





• Drake, "Take Care" (PEOPLE'S PICK)
Justin Bieber, "Boyfriend"
• Frank Ocean, "Swim Good"
• Chris Brown, "Turn Up the Music"
• Usher, "Climax"

Drake and Rihanna ooze sex appeal in this stylishly shot video, but the real animal attraction comes from the slow-mo footage of a wild bull.

Best Female Video





• Rihanna, "We Found Love" (PEOPLE'S PICK)
Katy Perry, "Part of Me"
Beyoncé, "Love on Top"
• Nicki Minaj, "Starships"
Selena Gomez & the Scene, "Love You Like a Love Song"

Ri Ri shoplifts, parties and hooks up with a Chris Brown lookalike in a video that captures how intoxicating it is to fall in love – and how bad the hangover can be.

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