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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

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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