Eminem, P.O.D. and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott are the early favorites to rule Radio City Music Hall when the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards are handed out on August 29.
Em, P.O.D. and Missy scored the most nominations for this year's VMAs, with each artist garnering six nods apiece when nominations were unveiled Monday morning (July 22). While the visual complement to Missy's "One Minute Man" was indeed "so addictive," the real battle for top honors pits the rap-rockers against the rock-rapper. (Click here for a complete list of nominees.)
P.O.D. and Eminem are both vying for the Best Video of the Year, with their clips for "Alive" and "Without Me," and each artist is also contending for Moonmen in their respective genres: Best Rock Video (P.O.D.'s "Youth of the Nation") and Best Rap Video. Additionally, Eminem has his hat in the ring for Best Male Video, while P.O.D. are gunning for Best Group Video for "Alive."
Given that the Southtown boys and Slim Shady are neck and neck in nominations, it may take the power of the people to decide who winds up triumphant by evening's end. Both are also up for the Viewer's Choice Award, competing against Brandy ("What About Us"), Enrique Iglesias ("Hero"), Michelle Branch ("Everywhere") and B2K ("Uh Huh").
While odds are even that they'll come away with the most statuettes, at the moment Eminem has one thing P.O.D. doesn't: a performance slot onstage. Slim will grab the mic for a song, as will Pink and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. Additional performers, as well as presenters of the awards, will be announced later.
Missy Elliott gets props for her "One Minute Man," which features Ludacris and Trina, in the Best Hip-Hop Video category, though most of her nods stem from the technical side of video production: Best Direction, Best Special Effects, Best Art Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.
"Saturday Night Live" cast member Jimmy Fallon will serve as the show's host, taking the reins from last year's master of ceremonies, Jamie Foxx.
Hopes for the future hang on the five nominees in the Best New Artist in a Video category. Striving for that "rookie of the year"-type honor are three-time nominee Ashanti ("Foolish"), John Mayer ("No Such Thing"), Avril Lavigne ("Complicated"), B2K ("Uh Huh") and Puddle of Mudd ("Blurry").
Shakira and the White Stripes could pose a challenge to the frontrunners for most awards. Shakira is up for Best Female Video, Best Dance Video, Best Pop Video and Best Cinematography in a Video for "Whenever, Wherever"; while the White Stripes fascinated viewers and the VMA panel alike with the unique "Fell in Love With a Girl" video, which also received four nominations. The Lego-constructed clip garnered consideration for Best Video of the Year, Breakthrough Video, Best Special Effects in a Video and Best Editing in a Video.
Other multiple nominees include 'NSYNC, Ashanti and Linkin Park.
Catch all the sizzlin', star-packed VMA action direct from Miami on August 28. MTV News' preshow kicks things off at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the big show at 8 p.m.