Pop star, rockers each nab 7 video award nominations
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Shakira are front and centre at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
The rock band and the pop superstar got seven nominations each for the videos Dani California and Hips Don’t Lie, respectively, MTV announced yesterday. Both will compete for video of the year along with Christina Aguilera (Ain’t No Other Man), Madonna (Hung Up) and Panic! At The Disco (I Write Sins Not Tragedies).
Madonna, Shakira and Aguilera are also nominated for best female video with Kelly Clarkson (Because of You) and Canadian diva Nelly Furtado (Promiscuous).
Her Madgesty is up for another three awards, including best dance video and best pop video.
Aguilera, now in a ‘40s glamour-puss phase, is also nominated for best pop video and best choreography in a video.
Nick Lachey’s What’s Left of Me, which recreates his breakup with Jessica Simpson, will vie for best male video with James Blunt (You’re Beautiful), Kanye West (Gold Digger), T.I. (What You Know) and Busta Rhymes (for his remix of Touch It, featuring Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliot).
The bands nominated for best group video include the Chili Peppers, Fall Out Boy (Dance, Dance) and Gnarls Barkley (Crazy).
Performers were to be Beyonce Knowles, Justin Timberlake, Panic! At The Disco, The Killers and rappers T.I. and Ludacris.
The Raconteurs, fronted by the White Stripes’ Jack White, will provide the show’s “soundtrack,” MTV said.
More performers and presenters were to be announced later.
The 2006 MTV Video Music Awards will take place on Aug. 31 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Viewers can watch videos and vote on the awards’ general categories, such as best male video and best hip hop video, through Aug. 20 by visiting MTV Overdrive, an internet channel launched last year, at the website www.vma.mtv.com. Voting for the viewer’s choice award runs Aug. 7 through Aug. 31.