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Local kids pick music vids

September 11, 2007|By EVA NIESSNER

Music video fans have been looking forward to the 2007 Video Music Awards, since, well, the 2006 Video Music Awards, at which Jack Black played host and the Video of the Year went to Panic! At The Disco.

This year, however, the alt-rock quartet had to give up their title to another video star. But who would it be? I asked 32 students at North Hagerstown High School who they thought would win the Video of the Year crown.

The nominees were Beyonc with "Irreplaceable"; Justice with "D.A.N.C.E."; Rihanna featuring Jay-Z with "Umbrella"; Justin Timberlake with "What Comes Around Goes Around"; Kanye West with "Stronger"; and Amy Winehouse with "Rehab."

In my poll, Rihanna's tune got the most votes, with 12, while 10 students voted for Kanye's video. Justin scored four votes, while Beyonc, Amy and Justice received two picks apiece.

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So what made Rihanna so popular? Everyone who chose the songbird said that her tune is catchy, that Rihanna and Jay-Z sound great together and that the video is fun and sexy.

And the awards themselves? Well, fun and sexy as the show was, the awards seemed a little too exclusive. The same handful of performers kept getting screen time, as though awards were only going to be given to five or six people who were nominated for just about everything. Justin Timberlake nabbed four awards, including Quadruple Threat and Best Male Artist. Fall Out Boy received Best Group. Beyonc and Shakira took the Best Collaboration. Fergie, however, broke the winners-who-were-also-at-the-award-show-doing-everything-else by winning Best Female Artist.

As for the coveted Video of The Year award, well, turns out North High students had some insight. Rihanna took home that title, as well as Monster Single of the Year, all while hiding a broken toe under a flowy pink dress. Good thing she didn't call in injured that night.

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