By Chuck Arnold JOE NICK PATOSKI Ralph Novak STEVE DOUGHERTY
September 04, 2006 12:00 PM

The 23nd annual Video Music Awards will air live from Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. ET on MTV. Here’s who we’d like to see get some love.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Christina Aguilera “Ain’t No Other Man”

Madonna “Hung Up”

Panic! At the Disco “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Dani California”

Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean “Hips Don’t Lie”

With red-hot style, the Chilis memorably cover the history of rock.

BEST MALE VIDEO

JAMES BLUNT “You’re Beautiful”

Nick Lachey “What’s Left of Me”

Busta Rhymes with Various Artists “Touch It (Remix)”

T.I. “What You Know”

Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger”

We’ll take Blunt over West for laying his emotions—and his torso—bare in a clip that captures the ache of unrequited love.

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

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”

Playing a ’40s vamp, a glam Xtina atones for that “Dirrty” mess.

BEST GROUP VIDEO

The All-American Rejects “Move Along”

Fall Out Boy “Dance, Dance”

Gnarls Barkley “Crazy”

Panic! At the Disco “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Dani California”

Morphing into 10 bands, the Chili Peppers have our vote, but props to Fall Out Boy for showing punks can bust a move, too.

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