Video clips from Alicia Keys, Craig David, Gorillaz, India.Arie, Jurassic 5, and Mudvayne are nominated for the inaugural MTV2 award, to be presented Sept. 6 at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards in New
Video clips from Alicia Keys, Craig David, Gorillaz, India.Arie, Jurassic 5, and Mudvayne are nominated for the inaugural MTV2 award, to be presented Sept. 6 at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards in New York. The award was established to honor artists whose videos debuted on MTV2. Winners will be chosen through voting on MTV.com.
Keys, whose debut J Records album "Songs in A Minor" is No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week, was nominated for the single "Fallin'." David's "Fill Me In," Gorillaz' "Clint Eastwood," India.Arie's "Video," Jurassic 5's "Quality Control," and Mudvayne's "Dig" are also up for the award. In addition, Keys will perform live at the ceremony.
As previously reported, Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" leads all VMA nominees with nine. 'N Sync's "Pop," Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's "Get Ur Freak On," and Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink, and Lil' Kim's all-star cover of "Lady Marmalade" each earned six nominations.
Meanwhile, MTV announced that the Viewer's Choice Award will be presented by the winners of MTV.com's ''Last Fans Standing'' contest. Contestants enter on the site, then vote off others they think don't make the cut. The last two fans left will win the opportunity to present the trophy during the VMA ceremonies.
Nominees for this year's Viewer's Choice Awards are "Pop" by 'N Sync; "The Call" by the Backstreet Boys; "Independent Women, Part 1" by Destiny's Child; "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" by Eve featuring Gwen Stefani; "My Way" by Limp Bizkit; and "Ride Wit Me" by Nelly.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y. & AP
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