Outkast, Usher Top Nominees At MTV Europe Music Awards

Beyoncé, Britney, Jay-Z, Maroon 5 also up for multiple awards.

Though they’re being held in Rome, this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards might as well take place in Atlanta. That way Outkast and Usher wouldn’t even have to board a plane to pick up their trophies.

The two ATL acts lead the field of nominees for the 2004 EMAs, announced Wednesday (October 6). Outkast scored five nominations, for Best Group; Best R&B; Best Song and Best Video for “Hey Ya!”; and Best Album for Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below. Usher is a close second with four nominations, for Best Male, Best R&B, Best Album for Confessions, and Best Song for “Yeah!” Seven artists — Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Franz Ferdinand, Black Eyed Peas, Anastacia, Jay-Z and Maroon 5 — garnered three nods each.

The list of performers lined up for the show might just be more impressive than the list of nominees. Eminem will perform “Just Lose It,” the first single from his upcoming Encore. Gwen Stefani will take the European stage all by her lonesome, performing “What You Waiting For?” from her solo debut, Love Angel Music Baby. Other performers include Nelly, the Beastie Boys and the Hives, along with the aforementioned Usher, Maroon 5 and Franz Ferdinand.

The 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards will be broadcast live on MTV Europe on November 18. The complete list of nominees:

Best Group

  • Beastie Boys
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • D12
  • Maroon 5
  • Outkast

Best Song

  • Anastacia – “Left Outside Alone”
  • Britney Spears – “Toxic”
  • Maroon 5 – “This Love”
  • Outkast – “Hey Ya!”
  • Usher featuring Ludacris – “Yeah!”

Best Female

  • Alicia Keys
  • Anastacia
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Beyoncé
  • Britney Spears

Best Male

  • Jay-Z
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Nelly
  • Robbie Williams
  • Usher

Best Hip-Hop

  • Beastie Boys
  • D12
  • Jay-Z
  • Kanye West
  • Nelly

Best New Act

  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Jamelia
  • Keane
  • Maroon 5
  • The Rasmus

Best R&B

  • Alicia Keys
  • Beyoncé
  • Kelis
  • Outkast
  • Usher

Best Album

  • Beyoncé – Dangerously in Love
  • Black Eyed Peas – Elephunk
  • Dido – Life for Rent
  • Outkast – Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below
  • Usher – Confessions

Best Alternative Act

  • Björk
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • The Hives
  • Muse
  • Prodigy

Best Rock

  • The Darkness
  • Good Charlotte
  • Green Day
  • Linkin Park
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers

Best Pop

  • Anastacia
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Britney Spears
  • Robbie Williams

Best Video

  • The Cure – “The End of the World”
  • Jay-Z – “99 Problems”
  • Outkast – “Hey Ya!”
  • The Streets – “Fit But Don’t You Know It”
  • The White Stripes – “The Hardest Button to Button”