Macklemore is hoping for a little redemption at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (25Aug13) after years spent performing in childhood rival Justin Timberlake's shadow.

The Thrift Shop hitmaker, real name Ben Haggerty, and Timberlake are up for six awards apiece at the prizegiving and both are up for the coveted Video of the Year prize, and the rapper plans to make mention of the Suit & Tie singer if he wins.

MACklemore tells MTV News, "Justin and I have been competitive for years... It started out as a basketball rivalry, hot dog eating championship, where we both lost. But it's been a rivalry, it's been a competition and this doesn't stop...

"This is just the continuation of a lifelong, childhood (rivalry). I never made it onto the Disney Club (Mickey Mouse Club) as a kid and he did. I was actually runner up to Justin... This year I hope that I get a little bit of redemption, 22 years later... My acceptance speech is, 'I would like to thank Jt for making me work harder throughout all those years of pain'."

The Mtv Vma awards will take place at New York's Barclays Center.