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Paramore, Muse Lead VMA Noms for Best Rock Video

MGMT, 30 Seconds to Mars and Florence and the Machine round out category for MTV's September 12th show

August 3, 2010 11:04 AM ET

Green Day walked away with the award for Best Rock Video at last year's MTV Video Music Awards, and today Rolling Stone can exclusively reveal who's in the running for the Moonman at the 2010 ceremony, which goes down September 12th in Los Angeles. 30 Seconds to Mars' nine-minute epic "Kings and Queens" is up against Muse's post-apocalyptic nightmare "Uprising," MGMT's British-culture tribute "Flash Delirium," Paramore's nightmarish "Ignorance" and Florence and the Machine's arty "Dog Days Are Over." British pop star Florence also scored nominations for Video of the Year, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. To gear up for this year's VMAs, check out clips of the nominees below and leave your pick for the winner in the comments:

Look back at the '09 VMAs' most memorable moments, from the Michael Jackson tribute to Kanye's stage invasion.

30 Seconds to Mars' "Kings and Queens"

Muse's "Uprising"

MGMT's "Flash Delirium"

Paramore's "Ignorance"

Florence and the Machine's "Dog Days Are Over"

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