It's on at the Video Music Awards this year, as two of pop's predominate ladies will go head to head for Moonmen. [artist id="1236911"]Beyoncé[/artist] and [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist] are in an epic war for VMA supremacy, with each nominated in nine categories. But at the end of the night, only one can come out on top.
So we took it to the streets to find out who the other nominees and some of the music industry's finest think should win more prizes when the show goes live from Radio City Music Hall.
VMA house-band MC Wale thinks experience will give Beyoncé an edge over Gaga. "I think the queen might get her this time," he said. "[Gaga's] a newbie still." Colbie Caillat is also cheering B on come VMA night. "I think that Beyoncé is just an amazing artist," she said.
Aubrey O'Day placed her bets on the Queen B. "My preference is Beyoncé," the former Danity Kane singer said. Miley Cyrus couldn't help but agree. "Beyoncé is just, like, a living legend," the 16-year-old said about why B should beat pop's new princess, Gaga. "So, that's why I feel like everything she is up for, she so deserves it."
In the fashion department, however, it was a hands-down win for Gaga. "I love Beyoncé," Elle creative director Joe Zee said. "But I think my vote goes to Gaga. I think she's daring. She's unpredictable, and at the end of the day, fashion is unpredictable."
And Gaga isn't just winning fans in the fashion world; she's also racked up quite a few in the entertainment industry. Gossip blogger Perez Hilton seems pretty sure she will beat Beyoncé, or at least have more people talking the next day. "I think, without a doubt, Gaga's going to be the big star of the night," he said. Ashlee Simpson is rooting for the "Poker Face" and "Paparazzi" singer, saying, "I gotta say, Lady Gaga's videos are pretty badass." Even New York's mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is rooting for hometown girl Gaga.
Pop-rockers All Time Low are hoping Gaga will be a winner and a showstopper. "I love Lady Gaga," frontman Alex Gaskarth said. "The whole spectacle is amazing. I think that girl really knows what she's doing. She's insanely talented." Bandmate Jack Barakat agreed, adding, "Since Gaga's new this year, this is her year. I think she's going to take home a bunch of awards."
But in the end, no one knows who will win more trophies until the show. Perez Hilton is pretty sure, at this point, it's anyone's game. "Neither one of them has it in the bag," he said. We'd like to offer a more positive spin on that sentiment: Who's to say they can't both be winners?
Watch the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Preshow this Sunday, September 13, at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the big event, live at 9 p.m. Check out our interactive map of New York to see how the city is celebrating the VMAs all week long, and stay tuned for party coverage, concert reports, behind-the-scenes updates and more.