Beck, Jamiroquai Lead Video Music Awards Nominees

July 22 [10:30 EDT] — Beck and Jamiroquai heard their names a lot Tuesday morning as the nominees were announced for the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards.

Jamiroquai’s gliding, sliding clip for “Virtual Insanity” topped all nominees, earning a total of nine nods for the video, including Breakthrough Video, Best New Artist In A Video, and Best Video Of The Year.

Meanwhile, Beck picked up seven nominations, five for “The New Pollution,” and will vie for Best Male Video and Best Video Of The Year among other honors.

Beck and Jamiroquai will face off against Jewel (“You Were Meant For Me” ), No Doubt (“Don’t Speak”), and Nine Inch Nails (“The Perfect Drug” which pulled in a total of five nods for Trent Reznor) for Best Video Of The Year.

Tuesday’s press conference (presided over by 1997 VMA host Chris Rock, MTV President Judy McGrath, and the Wallflowers) also brought the news that U2, Beck, and the Spice Girls will perform on the 1997 VMA telecast, set for September 4 at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

In other notable nominations, the Prodigy (“Breathe”), Puff Daddy (“I’ll Be Missing You”), the Spice Girls (“Say You’ll Be There), The Wallflowers (“One Headlight”), and Jewel once again will compete for the hearts of fans in the Viewers Choice category. This year, fans will be able to vote online for their favorite video by checking out MTV.com, or by visiting the MTV area of America Online.

This is likely to be the only awards ceremony ever where Iggy Pop and R. Kelly find themselves competing in the same category. It’s also interesting that the “Best Dance Video” umbrella is wide enough to cover both the Prodigy’s “Firestarter” and Freak Nasty’s “Da Dip.”
But enough of our blabbering… here are the nominees:

Best Video of the Year

  • Beck – “The New Pollution”
  • Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity”
  • Jewel – “You Were Meant For Me”
  • Nine Inch Nails – “The Perfect Drug”
  • No Doubt – “Don’t Speak”

Best Male Video

  • Babyface – “Everytime I Close My Eyes”
  • Beck – “Devils Haircut”
  • R. Kelly – “I Believe I Can Fly”
  • Will Smith – “Men In Black”

Best Female Video

  • Erykah Badu – “On And On”
  • Meredith Brooks – “Bitch”
  • Toni Braxton – “Un-Break My Heart”
  • Paula Cole – “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone”
  • Jewel – “You Were Meant For Me”

Best Group Video

  • Blur – “Song 2″
  • Counting Crows – “A Long December”
  • Dave Matthews Band – “Crash Into Me”
  • No Doubt – “Don’t Speak”
  • The Wallflowers – “One Headlight”

Best Rap Video

  • Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre – “No Diggity”
  • Dr. Dre – “Been There, Done That”
  • Missy
    Elliot – “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”
  • The Notorious B.I.G. – “Hypnotize”

Best Dance Video

  • The Chemical Brothers – “Block Rockin’ Beats”
  • Freak Nasty – “Da Dip”
  • Prodigy – “Breathe”
  • Spice Girls – “Wannabe”

Best Rock Video

  • Aerosmith – “Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees)”
  • Foo Fighters – “Monkey Wrench”
  • Dave Matthews Band – “Crash Into Me”
  • Marilyn Manson – “The Beautiful People”
  • Rage Against The Machine – “People of the Sun”

Best Alternative Video

  • Beck – “The New Pollution”
  • Blur – “Song 2″
  • Foo Fighters – “Monkey Wrench”
  • Nine Inch Nails – “The Perfect Drug”
  • Sublime – “What I Got”

Best New Artist In A Video

  • Fiona Apple – “Sleep To Dream”
  • Meredith Brooks – “Bitch”
  • Hanson – “MMMBop”
  • Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity”
  • The Wallflowers – “One Headlight”

Best Video From A Film

  • R. Kelly – “I Believe I Can Fly” (from
    “Space Jam”)
  • Iggy Pop – “Lust For Life” (from “Trainspotting”)
  • Will Smith – “Men In Black” (from “Men In Black”)
  • Bruce Springsteen – “Secret Garden” (from “Jerry Maguire”)

Best R&B Video

  • Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder – “How Come How Long”
  • Erykah Badu – “On And On”
  • Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre – “No Diggity”
  • Toni Braxton – “Un-Break My Heart”
  • Puff Daddy feat. Faith Evans & 112 – “I’ll Be Missing You”

Best Direction In A Video

  • Beck – “The New Pollution”
  • Missy Elliot – “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”
  • Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity”
  • Nine Inch Nails – “The Perfect Drug”
  • Smashing Pumpkins – “The End Is The Beginning Is The End”

Best Choreography In A Video

  • Beck – “The New Pollution”
  • Cibo Matto – “Sugar Water”
  • Dr. Dre – “Been There, Done That”
  • Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity”
  • Will Smith – “Men In Black”

Best Special Effects In A Video

  • Eels –
    “Novocaine For The Soul”
  • Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity”
  • Marilyn Manson – “The Beautiful People”
  • Smashing Pumpkins – “The End Is The Beginning Is The End”
  • Will Smith – “Men In Black”

Best Art Direction In A Video

  • Beck – “The New Pollution”
  • Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity”
  • Marilyn Manson – “The Beautiful People”
  • Nine Inch Nails – “The Perfect Drug”

Best Editing In A Video

  • Beck – “Devils Haircut”
  • Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity”
  • Smashing Pumpkins – “The End Is The Beginning Is The End”
  • The Wallflowers – “One Headlight”

Best Cinematography In A Video

  • Eels – “Novocaine For The Soul”
  • Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity”
  • Nine Inch Nails – “The Perfect Drug”
  • Smashing Pumpkins – “The End Is The Beginning Is The End”

Viewer’s Choice

  • Jewel – “You Were Meant For Me”
  • Prodigy – “Breathe”
  • Puff Daddy feat. Faith Evans & 122 – “I’ll Be Missing You”
  • Spice
    Girls – “Say You’ll Be There”
  • The Wallflowers – “One Headlight”

Breakthrough Video

  • The Chemical Brothers – “Setting Sun”
  • Daft Punk – “Da Funk”
  • Missy Elliot – “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”
  • Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity”
  • Radiohead – “Paranoid Android”