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Thursday, October 1, 1998 Published at 15:50 GMT 16:50 UK


All Saints top MTV nominations

All Saints: Suprise guest star to replace Melanie

The clash of Britain's all-girl bands continues apace after All Saints beat the Spice Girls in the nomination for the MTV Europe Music Awards.

Shaznay, Melanie Cicole and Nathalie came top of the list jointly with America's Beastie Boys.

[ image: Spice Girls: Only two nominations]
Spice Girls: Only two nominations
After the results were announced at London's Café de Paris, the All Saints revealed they have invited a surprise guest member to stand in for pregnant Melanie when the band play at the awards show on November 12 in Milan, Italy.

Other artists who did well include Natalie Imbruglia, Madonna and Eagle Eye Cherry with three nominations each. The Spice Girls, who won Best Group in last year's awards, only received two.

All Saints picked nominations for Best Song, Best Album, Best Group and Best Breakthrough Artists.

The group has enjoyed phenomenal success with three number-one singles and two Brit Awards earlier this year.

"We're really glad we have been nominated for four nominations," said group member Shaznay Lewis, who was with fellow band members Nicole and Natalie Appleton.

Natalie added: "We are really looking forward to going to Milan and collaborating with another artist and, yeah, we're really excited."

The band will name their new member at a later date.

Best artists are nominated by MTV viewers by phone, post, email and through HMV music stores.

The awards, now in their fifth year, will be presented by model and MTV star Jenny McCarthy.

Other acts performing at the show include REM, Robbie Williams, Madonna and Five and Aqua. Guests presenters will be George Michael, Natalie Imbruglia, Skunk Anansie and B*Witched.

Brent Hansen, President of MTV Networks Europe, said of the awards: "They were created to honour the music that Europe loves and we've never deviated from that aim. It's the definitive poll of European music tastes."

Edited highlights of the show will be screened on ITV network in a show to be fronted by presenters Ant and Dec.

The full list of award nominees is as follows:

  • Best Male - Eagle Eye Cherry, Puff Daddy, Ricky Martin, Will Smith, Robbie Williams.
  • Best Female - Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Natalie Imbruglia, Janet Jackson, Madonna.
  • Best Group - All Saints, Backstreet Boys, Beastie Boys, Garbage, Spice Girls.
  • Best Rock Act - Aerosmith, Garbage, Marilyn Manson, Rammstein, Smashing Pumpkins.
  • Breakthrough Act - All Saints, Aqua, Eagle Eye Cherry, Five, Natalie Imbruglia.
  • Best Rap Act - Beastie Boys, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Pras, Puff Daddy.
  • Best Dance Act - Dario G, Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Madonna, Prodigy.
  • Best Video - Aphex Twin (Come To Daddy), Beastie Boys (Intergalactic), Eagle Eye Cherry (Save Tonight), Garbage (Push It), Massive Attack (Teardrop).
  • Best Pop Act - Aqua, Backstreet Boys, Boyzone, Five, Spice Girls.
  • Best Album - All Saints (All Saints), Beastie Boys (Hello Nasty), Madonna (Ray Of Light), Massive Attack (Mezzanine), Robbie Williams (Life Thru A Lens).
  • Best Song - All Saints (Never Ever), Cornershop (Brimful of Asha), Natalie Imbruglia (Torn), Savage Garden (Truly Madly Deeply), Robbie Williams (Angels).

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