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"[The event] will provide our viewers with a unique 360 of music that will surely make for a deeper connection to the artists and the performances."
—--MTV/MTV2 President Van Toffler
FATBOY SLIM IS THE "CHOICE"
FOR 18TH VMAs
Jonze Walkens Off With Nine Noms For Clip; "Marmalade," Missy, NSYNC Grab Six Apiece
The 18th annual MTV Video Music Awards show is all about Christopher Walken's soft-shoe.

The VMAs, which return to N.Y.C.'s Metropolitan Opera House on Thursday, September 6, were topped by the nine nominations—including Best Video of the Year—garnered by Fatboy Slim's Spike Jonze-directed "Weapon Of Choice," which features the actor's solo dance.

U2, who garnered five VMAs, including a Best Video nod for "Beautiful Day," and Alicia Keys, who received two nods for her "Fallin'" video, are the first two performers announced.

Fatboy Slim and Jonze previously nabbed three VMAs, including Best Video, in '99 for their "Praise You" clip.

Other top nominees include Best Video candidates "Lady Marmalade" (from the "Moulin Rouge" film and soundtrack) and Missy Elliott's "Ger Ur Freak On," along with NSYNC's "Pop," at six apiece. Five-time nominees include Best Video finalist Eminem featuring Dido for "Stan," U2 for "Beautiful Day" and "Elevation Remix" and Destiny's Child for "Survivor." Best Video nominee Janet Jackson received a total of four noms for "All For You."

The channel is touting this year's "VMA 360," promising integrated coverage on MTV, MTV2 and MTV.com.

MTV/MTV2 President Van Toffler says the convergence "will provide our viewers with a unique 360 of music that will surely make for a deeper connection to the artists and the performances. And it means we don't have to give tickets to you HITS losers."

Best Video of the Year: Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & Pink, "Lady Marmalade," Eminem f/Dido, "Stan," Fatboy Slim, "Weapon of Choice," Janet Jackson, "All For You," Missy Elliott, "Get Ur Freak On," U2, "Beautiful Day"

Best Male Video: Eminem f/Dido, "Stan," Lenny Kravitz, "Again," Moby f/Gwen Stefani, "South Side," Nelly, "Ride Wit Me," Robbie Williams, "Rock DJ"

Best Female Video: Madonna, "Don't Tell Me," Janet Jackson, "All For You," Missy Elliott, "Ger Ur Freak On," Dido, "Thank You," Jennifer Lopez, "Love Don't Cost A Thing," Eve f/Gwen Stefani, "Let Me Blow Ya Mind"

Best Group Video: U2, "Elevation (Tomb Raider Mix)," NSYNC, "Pop," Destiny's Child, "Survivor," Incubus, "Drive," Dave Matthews Band, "I Did It"

Best Rap Video: Eminem f/Dido, Nelly, Jay-Z, "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me"), Ja Rule f/Lil' Mo & Vita, "Put It On Me," Snoop Dogg, "Lay Low"

Best Rock Video: Aerosmith, "Jaded," Limp Bizkit, "Rollin'," Weezer, "Hash Pipe," Linkin Park, "Crawling," Staind, "It's Been Awhile"

Best New Artist In A Video: Coldplay, "Yellow," Sum 41, "Fat Lipo," Nikka Costa, "Like A Feather," David Gray, "Babylon," Alicia Keys, "Fallin'"

Breakthrough Video: Common f/Macy Gray, "Geto Heaven," Fatboy Slim, "Weapon of Choice," Gorillaz, "Clint Eastwood," R.E.M., "Imitation of Life," Robbie Williams, "Rock DJ," NSYNC, "Pop"

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