Christina Aguilera -- "Ain't No Other Man"
Kelly Clarkson -- "Because of You"
Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland -- "Promiscuous"
Madonna -- "Hung Up"
Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean -- "Hips Don't Lie"
Who says sex sells? The five nominees who will be battling in what has become the most contentious category. The year belongs to these ladies (and guests) who scored major hits and made videos that created major buzz when they received airplay. If someone can snatch the award from Shakira, it's Nelly Furtado with "Promiscuous," the undisputed song of the summer of '06.
All American Rejects -- "Move Along"
Fall Out Boy -- "Dance, Dance"
Gnarls Barkley -- "Crazy"
Panic! at the Disc -- "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"
If there is a video that deserves an award for catchiest song of the year it's "Crazy," by eclectic duo Gnarls Barkley. The duo made history earlier this year by scoring the first-ever No.1 single available only on downloads. The psychedelic '70s-looking video deserves an award for its creative direction, and its three noms should do the trick.
Beyoncé featuring Slim Thug -- "Check on It"
Mary J. Blige -- "Be Without You"
Chris Brown -- "Yo! (Excuse Me Miss)"
Mariah Carey -- "Shake It Off"
Jamie Foxx featuring Ludacris - "Unpredictable"
Beyoncé's comeback kicks off at the VMAs and is followed by her long-awaited CD release "Bday" (September 5), while Mariah Carey is still working and enjoying her mega successful "Emancipation" comeback. These ladies will have an uphill battle wrestling away the Moonman from Mary J. Blige, whose "Be Without You" has become an instant classic.
Black Eyed Peas -- "My Humps"
Common -- "Testify"
Daddy Yankee -- "Rompe"
Three 6 Mafia -- "Stay Fly"
Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx -- "Gold Digger"
"My Humps" shattered the notion that the Black Eyed Peas were a fluke, while Three 6 Mafia's surreal win at this year's Academy Awards made them hip-hop royalty overnight. Daddy Yankee single-handedly became the poster child of the "reggaeton" music movement, but this category belongs to Kanye and Jamie -- the hottest duo in hip-hop today.