Drake Vs. B.o.B, Eminem Vs. Jay-Z: Who Will Take Home The VMA Prize?

Trying to wade through celebrity endorsements of one another to locate an inkling of earnestness can prove to be more difficult than listening to an entire Soulja Boy Tell'em album without skipping any tracks.

When the MTV News team asked Nicki Minaj and Lil Twist to weigh in on the Best Hip-Hop Video category at this year’s 2010 Video Music Awards, the two Young Money artists both picked “Forever” by Drake (also featuring Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Eminem), who is not only a

labelmate of the two but also a fellow Lil Wayne protégé.

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“Do you even have to ask that?” Nicki replied instantly. “My baby Drake, he does this.”

Gucci Mane, when asked for his input, tapped his fellow ATLien B.o.B’s clip for “Airplanes,” citing hometown affiliation.


B.o.B for the hometown,” he said, picking the Atlanta upstart over his “good friend” Drake.

Child actress Keke Palmer selected Drake, a onetime child actor, when she was presented with the opportunity to speak her mind.

But one artist made his pick without bias, having no local affiliation to the rapper he selected, nor any current biz ties.

Twista turned out to be the control in our unscientific VMA hip-hop inquiry.

“I like all of those songs,” he began, shouting out Drake, B.o.B, Eminem’s “Not Afraid,” Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness" and Jay-Z’s “On to the Next One.”

“But that 'On to the Next One' with Jay and Swizz Beatz is crazy," Twista continued. "That’s my jam right there.”

And the winner is....

Who do you think will take home the coveted hip-hop VMA award? Let us know in the comments!