It's an epic battle for the ages — teacher against student, friend against friend, brother against brother. Eminem and 50 Cent will go head-to-head in four categories at Thursday night's MTV Video Music Awards.
Only time will tell how each man fares inside the brutal and often bloody VMA ring, but a look at how the two entertainers stack up in other arenas might shed some light on their odds of taking home a Moonman. Since it's often said that clothes make the man, we turned to an expert — "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" fashion maven Carson Kressley — to tell us whose style is award-worthy.
"This is a good look for him," Kressley said while reviewing concert footage of a shirtless Em in red jogging pants, a yellow visor and a headband. "Show me some skin. I love good skin art. ... We've got the sweatband on, which keeps the sweat from dripping in his face. It helps the mascara from running, if you know what I mean. He puts the hip in hip-hop."
"50 Cent, quite a hottie," Kressley said, reviewing the rapper's performance at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards, where the rapper sported a simple white tank top, baggy denim shorts and a bulletproof vest. "He looks like a million dollars — Canadian dollars, but a million dollars."
Kressley said 50's best accessory might not be hanging in his closet. "Does he have a permit for those guns?" the style expert marveled while watching the rapper cavort shirtless onstage. "My god, look at that body! I can't say anything wrong about that. Mmm, chocolate thunder. He's giving me the jungle fever. Take my temperature."
Kressley's winner: 50 Cent by a nose (or perhaps a pec).
Catch all the sizzlin', star-packed VMA action direct from Miami on August 28. MTV News' preshow kicks things off at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the big show at 8 p.m.