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 [article id="1458600"]"Lens Recap: The Story Behind Missy

Elliott's 'Work It' "[/article]). 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 [article id="1470173"]"Lens Recap: The Story Behind Johnny Cash's 'Hurt' "[/article]).

"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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