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The Ultimate 2010 Video Music Awards Playlist

Listen to tunes by Lady Gaga, Eminem and more

September 10, 2010 10:15 AM ET

Lady Gaga leads this year's Video Music Award nominees with thirteen nods, with Eminem in second place with eight nominations. Check out tunes by these acts — along with music by other VMA nominees including Katy Perry and B.o.B. — to get ready for the big night and keep up with Rob Sheffield's live blog of the night's festivities and the rest of Rolling Stone's coverage right here.

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Song Stories

“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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