July 31, 2006

Shakira, Chili Peppers lead MTV Video nominations

By Torrye Jones

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sultry Latin star Shakira and
funk-rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers led the nominations for
the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards with seven nods each, MTV said
on Monday.

They were followed by ruling pop queen Madonna and the new
pop-punk quartet Panic! At The Disco, who received five
nominations each for the event.

It will be held on August 31 in Radio City Music Hall,
returning to New York after two years in Miami.

"This year we're going back to our roots, and we're going
to put a little bit of that New York danger back into the Video
Music Awards," MTV President Christina Norman said.

Performers will include hip-hop artists Ludacris and T.I.
and more mainstream favorites Justin Timberlake and Beyonce.

For the first time, MTV viewers can also vote in every
category, not just the Viewer's Choice, Norman said.

"It's going to be interesting to see who pulls ahead," said
Marisa Laudadio, staff correspondent at People magazine.

"The thing about the MTV VMAs is there can be international
artists and older artists vying for the same prize and fans are
equally rabid about both."

The five Video of the Year nominations are Shakira's "Hips
Don't Lie," Chili Peppers' "Dani California," Madonna's "Hung
Up," Panic's "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" and Christina
Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man."

Artists vying for best male video are Kanye West, Busta
Rhymes, James Blunt, Nick Lachey and T.I.

Nominees in the female video category are Kelly Clarkson,
Nelly Furtado, Shakira, Madonna and Aguilera.

For a complete list, visit www.vma.mtv.com.