MTV VMA Race Is On: Justin Timberlake, Beyonce Lead Nominations

The show will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on September 9.

The 2007 MTV Video Music Awards are heading to Las Vegas in September, and now we know just who we’ll be wagering on.

Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé lead the pack of nominees for the 24th annual VMAs, each with a whopping seven nods, followed closely by Kanye West and Rihanna with five and newcomer Amy Winehouse with three.

JT’s “What Goes Around … Comes Around” and B’s “Irreplaceable” will face off in the Video of the Year category, alongside West’s “Stronger,” Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” Winehouse’s “Rehab” and — in perhaps the biggest shock of the entire nominations field — French electro duo Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.”

The awards will be coming to you live from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on September 9 at 9 p.m. ET, with MTV News’ preshow beginning at 8 p.m.

(Watch to find out who you should place your bets on — Justin? Beyoncé? Kanye? — in Vegas.)

Timberlake, West, Rihanna and Winehouse will also perform at the event, along with a full house of kings and queens that includes Timbaland, Fall Out Boy, Chris Brown, Lily Allen and the Foo Fighters performing with special guests live from the Palms Fantasy Suites. Timbaland will also be serving as the evening’s musical maestro, with superstar DJ Mark Ronson on the decks — and Timbaland and Timberlake will be hosting their own own Fantasy Suite party.

Justin will be a pretty busy guy on VMA night, because in addition to being nominated for Video of the Year and performing, he also picked up noms in a trifecta of brand-new categories: Male Artist of the Year, Most Earthshattering Collaboration (for his team-up with Timbaland on “SexyBack”) and Quadruple Threat of the Year, an award given to boundary-busters who excel in multiple fields (such as music, fashion, philanthropy, business, acting and dance). His videos for “What Goes Around … Comes Around” and “My Love” were also nominated in three professional categories, the former scoring noms for Best Director and Best Editing, the latter for Best Choreography.

Beyoncé also benefited from the addition of new categories, landing nominations for Female Artist of the Year, Earthshattering Collaboration (her hip-shaking turn with Shakira in the “Beautiful Liar” clip) and Quadruple Threat. Like Timberlake, she also dominated the professional categories, as her “Beautiful Liar” video is nominated for Best Director, Editing and Choreography.

West has to be happy with his four noms, which include Male Artist of the Year and Quadruple Threat — although if he loses to Justice in the Video of the Year category, like he did at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards (see “Kanye Admits To Having Had A Sippy’ [Or Two] Before EMA Rant” ), he just might spontaneously combust. Rihanna also got four nods, including Female Artist of the Year, and her “Umbrella” is nominated in another brand-new category: Monster Single of the Year.

Winehouse’s three nominations make her the most prominent newcomer to the 2007 VMA party, but she’s by no means the only fresh face looking to take home some hardware. The Gym Class Heroes are coming to Vegas with a pair of noms under their hoodies — for Best Group (yet another new category) and Best New Artist, where they’ll go head-to-head with Winehouse, Carrie Underwood, Lily Allen and Kanye’s favorite bunch of whistling Swedes, Peter Bjorn and John.

The winner of Best New Artist will be determined by the fans, who can vote for their favorites by visiting www.VMA.MTV.com

Other big-name nominees include Akon (for Male Artist and Earthshattering Collaboration), Fall Out Boy (Best Group and Monster Single of the Year), T.I., Robin Thicke and Fergie. A full list of noms can be seen below.

Video of the Year

» Amy Winehouse: “Rehab”

» Beyoncé: “Irreplaceable”

» Justice: “D.A.N.C.E.”

» Justin Timberlake: “What Goes Around … Comes Around”

» Kanye West: “Stronger”

» Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z): “Umbrella”

Male Artist of the Year

» Akon: “Don’t Matter,” “I Wanna Love You” (featuring Snoop Dogg), “Smack That” (featuring Eminem)

» Kanye West: “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” “Stronger,” “Classic (Better Than I’ve Ever Been — DJ Premier Remix)” (featuring Nas, KRS-One and Rakim)

» Justin Timberlake: “Let Me Talk To You/ My Love,” “SexyBack” (featuring Timbaland), “What Goes Around … Comes Around”

» T.I.: “Big Things Poppin’ (Do It),” “You Know What It Is” (featuring Wyclef Jean), “What You Know”

» Robin Thicke: “Can U Believe,” “Lost Without U,” “Wanna Love U Girl” remix (featuring Busta Rhymes and Pharrell)

Female Artist of the Year

» Amy Winehouse: “Rehab,” “You Know I’m No Good”

» Beyoncé: “Irreplaceable,” her and Shakira’s “Beautiful Liar”

» Fergie: “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal),” “Glamorous” (featuring Ludacris), “Fergalicious” (featuring Will.I.Am)

» Nelly Furtado: “Maneater,” “Say It Right”

» Rihanna: “Umbrella” (featuring Jay-Z)

Best New Artist

» Amy Winehouse: “Rehab,” “You Know I’m No Good”

» Carrie Underwood: “Before He Cheats”

» Gym Class Heroes: “Clothes Off,” “Cupid’s Chokehold/ Breakfast in America”

» Lily Allen: “Alfie,” “Smile,” “LDN”

» Peter Bjorn and John: “Young Folks”

Best Group

» Fall Out Boy: “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race,” “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs”

» Gym Class Heroes: “Clothes Off,” “Cupid’s Chokehold/ Breakfast in America”

» Linkin Park: “What I’ve Done”

» Maroon 5: “Makes Me Wonder”

» White Stripes: “Icky Thump”

Most Earthshattering Collaboration

» Akon (featuring Eminem): “Smack That”

» Beyoncé and Shakira: “Beautiful Liar”

» Justin Timberlake (featuring Timbaland): “SexyBack”

» Gwen Stefani (featuring Akon): “The Sweet Escape”

» U2 (featuring Green Day): “The Saints Are Coming”

Quadruple Threat of the Year

» Beyoncé

» Bono

» Jay-Z

» Justin Timberlake

» Kanye West

Monster Single of the Year

» Avril Lavigne: “Girlfriend”

» Daughtry: “Home”

» Fall Out Boy: “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs”

» Lil’ Mama: “Lip Gloss”

» T-Pain (featuring Yung Joc): “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)”

» Timbaland (featuring Keri Hilson, D.O.E. and Sebastian): “The Way I Are”

» MIMS: “This Is Why I’m Hot”

» Plain White T’s: “Hey There Delilah”

» Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z): “Umbrella”

» Shop Boyz: “Party Like a Rockstar”

Best Director

» Beyoncé and Shakira: “Beautiful Liar” (director: Jake Nava)

» Christina Aguilera: “Candyman” (directors: Matthew Rolston and Christina Aguilera)

» Justin Timberlake: “What Goes Around … Comes Around” (director: Samuel Bayer)

» Kanye West: “Stronger” (director: Hype Williams)

» Linkin Park: “What I’ve Done” (director: Joseph Hahn)

» Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z): “Umbrella” (director: Chris Applebaum)

Best Editing in a Video

» Beyoncé and Shakira: “Beautiful Liar” (editor: Jarett Figl)

» Gnarls Barkley: “Smiley Faces” (editor: Ken Mowe)

» Justin Timberlake: “What Goes Around … Comes Around” (editor: Hollee Singer)

» Kanye West: “Stronger” (editors: Peter Johnson and Corey Weisz)

» Linkin Park: “What I’ve Done” (editor: Igor Kovalik)

Best Choreography in a Video

» Beyoncé and Shakira: “Beautiful Liar” (choreographer: Frank Gatson)

» Chris Brown: “Wall to Wall” (choreographers: Rich & Tone and Flii Styles)

» Ciara: “Like a Boy” (choreographer: Jamaica Craft)

» Eve: “Tambourine” (choreographer: Tahesha Scott)

» Justin Timberlake: “My Love” (choreographer: Marty Kudelka)


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