Vote for Madonna for MTV Video Awards! ends july 23 HURRY


The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards are fast approaching, and we're big enough to admit that WE NEED YOUR HELP! Seriously, we could just throw a dart at a list taped to a wall somewhere here at MTV HQ to determine which music videos are worthy of a prestigious MTV Video Music Award nomination. Instead, we're going to take a higher road and let you help us decide!

That's right, friends, the nominees for the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards will be influenced by YOU, the world's biggest music fans.

Here's how it's going to work:

Beginning Friday, July 18, we'll open two categories for nominee voting during FNMTV , you know, that little show that Pete Wentz hosts on MTV (Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, don't miss it!). Once that happens, you will have the opportunity to choose from hundreds of eligible videos released over the last year, and you'll have until the following Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET to cast your vote. But remember, only one vote per person will be counted -- choose carefully! We'll look at who music fans have bubbled to the top as we determine the finalists, which will be announced the next Friday during FNMTV and here on vma.mtv.com. And then we'll do it again and again every week until you've had your say in eight incredibly important categories: Best Male Video , Best Female Video , Best Pop Video , Best Hip-Hop Video , Best New Artist , Best Dancing In A Video , Best Rock Video and Video Of The Year .

And get this, it doesn't end there, because we also want you to choose the winner of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards' Best New Artist. Really! So, not only do you get to help us choose the artists who will be nominated for this awesome award, but you, and only you, get to pick the winner of that prestigious Moonman trophy.

Winners for the remaining categories will be chosen by a panel of music industry folk, music video experts and tastemakers who will write the names on cards that they'll put it into the envelopes that are opened on stage during the VMAs, Sept. 7 LIVE on MTV! We'll also consult the experts to pick the nominees and winners of a series of "professional" awards -- Best Choreography, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Special Effects, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and Best Story.

Organize your fan clubs, post pleading messages on your blog, IM your besties, alert all 460 of your Facebook "friends" and get everyone you know in the world behind your favorite videos to give them a fighting chance at winning the Moonman!

Here's the schedule:

July 18-23:
Best Male Video opens for voting
Best Female Video opens for voting

July 25-30:
Best Pop Video opens for voting
Best Hip-Hop Video opens for voting

August 1-6:
Best New Artist opens for voting
Best Dancing In A Video opens for voting

August 8-13:
Best Rock Video opens for voting
Video Of The Year opens for voting

August 8- September 7:
Best New Artist opens for winner voting

September 7:
2008 MTV Video Music Awards LIVE from Los Angeles at 9PM ET

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