We can't announce all the nominees for the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards just yet — we'll have them for you a little later today — but it's difficult to imagine them getting any bigger than this: On Tuesday (August 4), MTV News learned that two of the hugest names in the game today — [artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist] and [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] — each received four VMA nominations, in the same four categories, which should make for one rather intense showdown come VMA night. (Check out the complete list of this year's VMA nominees!)
Eminem's "We Made You" clip goes up against Yeezy's "Love Lockdown" for Video of the Year, Best Male Video and Best Hip Hop Video. And "We Made You" squares off with Kanye's "Paranoid" for Best Special Effects.
Eminem has already won a staggering nine Moonmen. While West has won only a pair, he has landed 11 nominations in the past — and he's had some memorable offstage VMA moments too. But given Em's surprise star turn at this year's MTV Movie Awards (and remember his VMA encounter with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog back in 2002?), we don't know what to expect from either artist this time around.
So, really, this one is too close to call. And what else would you expect from two of hip-hop's top-ranked heavyweights? Whenever the big guns come out, it's almost impossible to predict who'll come out on top.
Luckily, you will be the ones determining the winner, by voting for your favorite Moonman contender at VMA.MTV.com.
So, will it be Em's night, or will Kanye walk away victorious? Find out when the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards return to New York City, live, September 13 at 9 pm. Outrageous Brit Russell Brand returns to host, and Taylor Swift, Pink, Green Day and Muse have all been confirmed as performers.
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards will take place September 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Nominees, celebrity presenters and additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. To be the first to find out the inside scoop, follow the Inside MTV Twitter account at Twitter.com/InsideMTV.