MTV announces VMA nominees


When you’re in the middle of a quarter-life crisis, what’s the best thing to do? Business as usual: MTV has announced its nominees for the Video Music Awards, that annual celebration of taste and restraint. But not everything is same-old, same-old: This year you get to vote in all categories, not just Viewer’s Choice. Democracy has come to the region, as promised.

Let’s look at the candidates. Leading the pack is Shakira, whose "Hips Don’t Lie" (with its serrated "Fly Me to the Moon"-ish brass fanfare) has dug a deep, angry crease in my brain. But I can’t stay mad at Shakira: Those hips really don’t lie. They are remarkably straightforward, for being so wonderfully, mesmerizingly bendy (sigh).

There are old faces: the ever-limber Madonna and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, whose "Dani California" video relates a brief history of rock. And there are new, painted faces, like Panic! At the Disco, whose New New Wave anti-love rant "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" was practically designed to inspire Buffy/Full Metal Alchemist YouTube tributes. Along with the newly "classic" Xtina, these gladiators will be duking it out for the coveted Moonman on Aug. 31, live from Radio City Music Hall.

No word yet on the host, but I’m hoping it’s this guy. As for the acts, would it kill MTV have these kind of amazing dudes to perform one of their videos live? No pressure, MTV. I know you’re going through a lot. Twenty-five is a tough one. Remember: It’s still not too late to do the law school thing.


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  • chickenlittlel

    Well beyonce will be performing her second single “Ring The Alarm” @ the VMA’s, im not sure who else is slated to perform.

  • Scott

    JT is supposed to as well. He mentioned it on TRL yesterday.
    I don’t really like the idea of letting “America vote” though. Only the most popular videos will win, which are not necessarily (and in most cases not) the best videos.

  • jon

    It’s back in New York, hopefully it will shake off that Puffy/Katrina stankness that infected it last year and the VMAs can once again be that award show you turn into for the best “what is she wearing,” “did he just do that” and “I know they did not just put them two together” moments. But, please MTV, film it live and not in that annoying “film-like” effect that makes your past award shows look flat…

  • pitchmeister

    Is this award show even relevent anymore?? If I want to see a video I check a website – no longer an MTV watcher.

  • mike

    MTV. Videos?
    As with the video they regularly show, the awards will run between 2-6am.

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    MTV is now officially Media Television or Mindless Television, not music. There is more programing and less videos when it should be the other way around. With that said, GOD BLESS FUSE and VH1 Classic!

  • MIMI

    Is MTV, must-less it’s “video award” show even relevant to music anymore? It now seems to be a spring board to cram “reality” stars down our throats.

  • Melody

    Shakeera, Hips don’t lie, sure they don’t especially with all the plastic surgery you had in Colombia four years ago, I wonder how are you doing with one rib less they removed from your waist in Colombia. Taking about major plastic surgery done on her whole body.

  • TuMadre

    uh huh… sure Melody.. because you know, no stone goes unturned with you. You have access to information no one else does. Yep…

  • Tauwan

    Wrong, wrong, wrong MTV. I agree whole heartedly with maybe two of the picks for Video of the year. What is this the Emmy’s all over again? Oh and Happy Birthday!

  • Phil

    I’m assuming Justin will be performing his 2nd single as well, “MY LOVE” featuring rapper T.I. The video is being helmed next week, & I really don’t see JT performing “SexyBack” with all those vocoder/distortion effects LIVE….
    Nice to see some of the nominations for Madonna, but since most people voting online will be KIDS, i.e. under 21, I really don’t see Madonna walking away with maybe more than 1 VMA, which will probably be for Best Dance Video….

  • carrie

    I just want to know where do we go online to vote for T.I for the VMA’S awards

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