MTV Sets VMA Talent, Nominations

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MTV: Music Television set the countdown for its annual Video Music Awards
show in motion Monday with host, nomination and performer
confirmations.

Saturday Night Live co-star Jimmy Fallon will host the network's annual
high-rated special event Aug. 29 from New York's Radio City Music Hall.

Headlining the music lineup so far: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band,
Pink and Eminem.

Eminem also joined Missy Elliott as top VMA contenders, with six
nominations for both. His 'Without Me'video is a 'Best Video' nominee,
along with *NYSNC for 'Gone,' Linkin Park's 'In the End,' 'One Mic'from
Nas, P.O.D. for 'Alive' and Fell in Love with a Girl' by The White Stripes.

Without Me also gained a 'Best Male Video' nod for Eminem, as did 'Walking
Away'for Craig David, 'Hero' for Enrique Iglesias, '#1'by Nelly,
'U Got It Bad' by Usher and 'This Train Don't Stop There Anymore'from
Elton John.

The 'Best Female Video' nominees are 'Foolish' from Ashanti, Pink's 'Get the
Party Started,' 'I'm a Slave 4 U'by Britney Spears, 'All You Wanted'from Michelle Branch and 'Whenever, Wherever' by Shakira.

The production team responsible for MTV's VMA in recent years has been
largely retained, led by co-executive producers Salli Frattini and Dave
Sirulnick, producer Alex Coletti and director Beth McCarthy-Miller.

MTV scheduled the show several weeks earlier than normal to avoid conflicts
with New York ceremonies marking the first anniversary of what transpired last
Sept. 11.

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