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Battling it out for the top award, Video of the Year, are Gotye for "Somebody That I Used to Know," Katy Perry for "Wide Awake," Rihanna for "We Found Love," Drake & Rihanna for "Take Care" and M.I.A. for "Bad Girls." If you're judging by the number of Internet spoofs, Gotye would win the category hands down. And believe it or not, the eye-catching clip, which features the Australian singer and his duet partner Kimbra naked and covered with interlocking colored squares of paint, wasn't as difficult to film as you might think.

"I took a lot of concentration and...standing still just for very long periods and focusing for long periods," Gotye told ABC News Radio. "But, in the end, you know, I'd do it again. It was enjoyable."

Gotye said he didn't even mind being covered in paint while nude. "It wasn't as uncomfortable as I thought it might be," he said. "It was actually very thin, water-based paint. So, it wasn't ... weird and tickly or difficult to keep on the skin for hours as I thought."

Tune in tonight to see who'll take home those Moonmen trophies -- and who'll be making this year's headlines.

Here are the major nominees:

Video of the Year

Drake featuring Rihanna, "Take Care"

Gotye, "Somebody That I Used to Know"

Katy Perry, "Wide Awake"

M.I.A., "Bad Girls"

Rihanna, "We Found Love"

Best Pop Video

fun. featuring Janelle Monáe, "We Are Young"

Justin Bieber, "Boyfriend"

Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa, "Payphone

One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"

Rihanna, "We Found Love"

Best Rock Video

The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy"

Coldplay, "Paradise"

Imagine Dragons, "It's Time"

Jack White, "Sixteen Saltines"

Linkin Park, "Burn It Down"

Best Hip-Hop Video

Childish Gambino, "Heartbeat"

Drake featuring Lil Wayne, "HYFR"

Kanye West featuring Pusha T, Big Sean, and 2 Chainz, "Mercy"

Nicki Minaj featuring 2 Chainz, "Beez in the Trap

Watch the Throne, "Paris"

Best New Artist

Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"

Frank Ocean, "Swim Good"

fun. featuring Janelle Monáe, "We Are Young"

One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"

The Wanted, "Glad You Came"

Best Female Video

Beyoncé, "Love on Top"

Katy Perry, "Part of Me"

Nicki Minaj, "Starships"

Rihanna, "We Found Love"

Selena Gomez & The Scene, "Love You Like a Love Song"

Best Male Video

Chris Brown, "Turn Up the Music"

Drake featuring Rihanna, "Take Care"

Frank Ocean, "Swim Good"

Justin Bieber, "Boyfriend"

Usher, "Climax"

Best Electronic Dance Music Video

Avicii, "Le7els"

Calvin Harris, "Feels So Close"

Duck Sauce, "Big Bad Wolf"

Martin Solveig, "The Night Out"

Skrillex, "First of the Year (Equinox)"

Best Video with a Message

Demi Lovato, "Skyscraper"

Gym Class Heroes featuring Ryan Tedder, "The Fighter"

Kelly Clarkson, "Dark Side"

K'Naan featuring Nelly Furtado, "Is Anybody Out There?"

Lil Wayne, "How to Love"

Rise Against, "Ballad of Hollis Brown"

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