Over the past three decades, there has been the odd installment of the MTV Video Music Awards where an underdog shocks the world by winning Video of the Year … think Panic! at the Disco in 2006, or Jamiroquai in 1997. Though it’s safe to say that won’t happen at this year’s show.
Mostly because there are no underdogs in the 2013 Video of the Year category. Instead, it’s five of the biggest names in the business going head-to-head for the ultimate prize. The guy with the year’s best-selling album? He’s in the running. The group with the year’s best-selling song? They’re here too. So is a guy with five #1 singles, the undisputed champion of the Summer Jam sweepstakes andthe girl who had the biggest album debut in a decade.
Simply put, it’s superstars only. So who’s got the best shot at winning? Shoot, your guess is as good as ours (how can there be a favorite when they’re allfavorites?!?) Here’s a look at the five nominees for Video of the Year … any of which could take home the hardware on Sunday night. And be sure to check out MTV’s VMA All Access Experience on vma.mtv.com where our experts will weigh in on the closely watched category.