With six nominations each, rappers Eminem and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and hard rock act P.O.D. lead the field for the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA). P.O.D. and Eminem are both up for the best
With six nominations each, rappers Eminem and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and hard rock act P.O.D. lead the field for the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA). P.O.D. and Eminem are both up for the best video, best direction, and viewer's choice honors -- for "Alive" and "Without Me," respectively. Among Elliott's nominations is a best hip-hop video nod for "One Minute Man," featuring Ludacris and Trina.
P.O.D.'s "Alive" is also up for group video and editing awards, while its "Youth of the Nation" is nominated in the rock video category. Eminem's "Without Me" will also attempt to take home VMAs in the rap video, male video, and special effects fields. Elliott's list is rounded out by technical nominations in direction, special effects, art direction, editing, and cinematography, all for "One Minute Man."
Breakout Latin star Shakira's "Whenever, Wherever" is up for a quartet of statuettes in the female video, dance video, pop video, and cinematography categories. Modern rock critical darlings the White Stripes are also up in four categories for their Lego-filled "Fell in Love With a Girl" clip: video of the year, breakthrough video, special effects, and editing.
Videos by Ashanti, Linkin Park, 'N Sync, B2K, Nas, Usher, Britney Spears, Pink, Michelle Branch, Kylie Minogue, Will Smith, and Enrique Iglesias are all up for multiple VMAs.
All of the nominations can be found online at MTV's VMA Web site, where fans can also vote for their favorites for the viewer's choice award. Along with the Eminem and P.O.D. clips, videos by Brandy ("What About Us"), Iglesias ("Hero"), Branch ("Everywhere"), and B2K ("Uh Huh") are also competing for the honor.
Fans can also vote for the MTV2 award through the site. Vying for that trophy will be videos by Dashboard Confessional ("Screaming Infidelities"), the Hives ("Hate To Say I Told You So"), Norah Jones ("Don't Know Why"), Musiq ("Halfcrazy"), Nappy Roots ("Awnaw," featuring Jazze Pha), and the Strokes ("Last Nite").
This year's MTV Video Awards will return to New York's Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 29, with "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jimmy Fallon hosting. Eminem, Pink, and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street band are all confirmed to perform during the ceremony, which will air live on the cable channel beginning at 8 p.m. ET (and rebroadcast at 8 p.m. PT).