Eminem, ‘NSYNC Lead Video Music Awards Nominees

After slamming them on his hit “The Real Slim Shady,” Eminem found himself alongside the men of ‘NSYNC at the head of the pack when the nominees for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards were announced on Tuesday.

Em and ‘NSYNC each grabbed six nominations and will square off against each other for Video Of The Year and the Viewer’s Choice Award. Em’s “The Real Slim Shady” also earned nominations for Best Male Video, Best Rap Video, Best Direction In A Video, and Best Editing In A Video. Meanwhile, ‘NSYNC’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” also grabbed nods for Best Group Video, Best Dance Video, Best Pop Video, and Best Choreography In A Video.

‘NSYNC joined “Total Request Live” host Carson Daly and the hosts of the the hosts of the 2000 VMAs, Shawn and Marlon Wayans (the writers and stars of “Scary Movie”), in MTV’s Times Square studios to announce this year’s nominees on Tuesday morning. ‘NSYNC, the assorted Wayanses, and a host of others will be on hand when the 2000 VMAs are handed out on September 7 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Daly and company also announced that ‘NSYNC and Rage Against The Machine will perform at this year’s VMAs.

The show marks the Wayans brothers’ first stab at hosting the VMAs and finds the duo facing the daunting task of following Chris Rock, who hosted the ’97 and ’99 VMAs. “Thanks for the pressure,” Marlon Wayans joked when asked about assuming host duties from Rock.

The Wayans brothers can no doubt take some comfort in the fact that they are on a major roll, with “Scary Movie” taking in well over $100 million in less than three weeks in theaters.

“This is better than the summer I lost my virginity in the projects stairwell to the fat girl,” Marlon noted.

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