Missy, Justin, Johnny Cash, 50 And Eminem Top VMA Nominees List

'Work It' clip earns eight nods; country legend's cover of Nine Inch Nails' 'Hurt' lands six.

It may have been the year of 50 Cent, but he’ll play
second fiddle to Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake and country legend
Johnny Cash heading into the 2003 MTV Video Music

(Click here for the complete list of the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees.)

Elliott led the pack with eight nominations for her
eye-popping “Work It” video when the nods were
announced Thursday morning (see “Lens Recap: The Story Behind Missy
Elliott’s ’Work It’ “
). The clip counts
nominations for Video of the Year, Best Female Video,
Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Direction in a Video among
its stash.

Christina Aguilera and Coldplay were also unveiled as the first performers confirmed for the awards show when nominations were announced on Thursday.

Right behind Elliott with seven nominations is Justin Timberlake, who scored nods for his “Cry Me a River” and “Rock Your Body” clips. “Cry Me a River” drummed up five nominations, including Video of the Year, Best Male Video, Best Pop Video, Best Direction in a Video and Viewers’ Choice.

Close behind with six nominations is the field’s most unlikely VMA hero, country legend Johnny Cash. Director Mark Romanek’s haunting clip for Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” is up for Video of the Year, Best Male Video and Best Direction in a Video, among others (see “Lens Recap: The Story Behind Johnny Cash’s ’Hurt’ “ ).

“I am overwhelmed by this great honor,” Cash said in a written statement.” I thank you all for thinking of me. It’s been 48 years since I cut my first record and it’s nice that people are still digging them up.”

Elliott, Timberlake and Cash will tangle with the one-two punch of Eminem (“Lose Yourself”) and 50 Cent (“In Da Club”) for Video
of the Year when the awards are handed out on August
28 in New York.

Em and 50 are also looking to have a big night, as
each will head into this year’s VMAs with five
nominations. In addition to Video of the Year, Em’s
“Lose Yourself” is also up for Best Male Video, Best
Rap Video, Best Video From a Film and Viewer’s Choice.
50’s “In Da Club” will try to steal a bit of Em’s
spotlight, as 50 will compete with his mentor for
Video of the Year, Best Male Video, Best Rap Video and
Viewer’s Choice. The clip also nabbed 50 a nomination
for Best New Artist.

Radiohead (“There There”), Jennifer Lopez (“I’m
Glad”), Christina Aguilera (“Dirrty”), Beyoncé
(“Crazy in Love”) and the White Stripes (“Seven Nation
Army”) all garnered four nominations, as did Queens of
the Stone Age, who spread their nominations out a bit; the group earned one nomination for “No One Knows” and three for “Go With the Flow.”

Coldplay, Good Charlotte, Kelly Clarkson, Sean Paul,
Floetry, Mya, No Doubt, Sum 41, Justin Timberlake,
Kenna, Evanescence and Avril Lavigne also earned
multiple nominations.

Once again, “new” might be a relative term when the
year’s Best New Artist is anointed. In addition to 50
Cent (who already feels like he’s been around for
years), the nominee field also includes Sean Paul, who
released his first album three years ago before
breaking through last year. Adding new blood to the
Best New Artist hunt are Simple Plan, All-American
Rejects, Evanescence and “American Idol” grad Kelly

Clarkson and 50 will also square off for this year’s Viewer’s Choice award, going up against Beyoncé, Eminem, Good Charlotte and Justin Timberlake.

Meanwhile, in less populist territory, the notion of
art over commerce drives the noms for Breakthrough
Video. Coldplay’s “The Scientist,” Floetry’s
“Floetic,” Kenna’s “Freetime,” Queens of the Stone
Age’s “No One Knows” and Sum 41’s “Hell Song” are up
for this year’s honor.

The 2003 fleet of Moonmen will be handed out August 28
at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. The 2003
VMAs, hosted by Chris Rock, will be broadcast live on
MTV at 8 p.m. ET. The show will be immediately
preceded by MTV News’ live pre-show coverage.

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.

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