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Tuesday, 23 July, 2002, 08:20 GMT 09:20 UK
Rappers top MTV video nominations
Eminem
Eminem is no stranger to award nominations
Rappers Eminem and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and rock band P.O.D lead the nominations for this year's MTV Video Music Awards in the US with six each.

Eminem dressing as Batman's comic book sidekick Robin in the video for Without Me has landed the star nominations including video of the year and best male video.

Missy Elliot
Missy Elliot is both a hip-hop artist and producer
Star producer and rapper Elliot scored her six nominations for One Minute Man, featuring rappers Ludacris and Trina.

As well as best hip-hop video it has also been chosen in several technical categories including best direction, editing and special effects.

The award ceremony itself has been brought forward to avoid clashing with events to mark the first anniversary of the 11 September terror attacks.

Double

In the past, the awards extravaganza took place on the first Thursday in September.

But organisers said 2002's event at New York's Radio City Hall would be held on 29 August.

Rock outfit P.O.D have two videos vying for awards.

Alive, which features a highway crash, is nominated in the video of the year and best group video categories.

The band's other big hit, Youth of the Nation, will fight it out for best rock video.

The Lego animated video to the White Stripes single Fell in Love With a Girl received four nominations including video of the year and breakthrough video.

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is scheduled to play at the ceremony

Columbian pop star Shakira's Whenever, Wherever will be fighting it out in four categories including best pop video and best female video.

Host

Kylie Minogue's Can't Get You Out of My Head will compete against Shakira and Britney Spears' I'm a Slave for U in the best dance category.

Other artists competing for video of the year alongside P.O.D and Eminem are 'NSync with Gone, Linkin Park's In the End and One Mic by Nas.

The event will be hosted by Saturday Night Live performer Jimmy Fallon.

Bruce Springsteen is just one of the artists expected to play at the awards ceremony.

Last year, British DJ Fatboy Slim was the night's biggest winner when his video Weapon of Choice, directed by Spike Jonze and starring Christopher Walken, took six prizes.

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