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"These top nominees will set the stage for one of the biggest nights in music."
——Van Toffler, MTV/MTV2 President

JAY-Z'S THE MAN, LEADS WITH SIX NOMS FOR 21st MTV VMAS

Beyoncé, No Doubt and OutKast Have
Five Apiece; Usher, Kanye West, Hoobastank, Jet, Jessica Simpson Set to Perform in Miami

It's all about Jay-Z and Beyoncé at MTV's 2004 Video Music Awards, the 21st in an illustrious history that began back in 1984 with Madonna squirming to "Like a Virgin" on the stage at Radio City Music Hall.

The man known as Jigga or Hova topped the list with six nominations for his music video "99 Problems." His gal Beyoncé, along with No Doubt and OutKast, follow with five nods each. 

Beyoncé nabbed four nods for her music video "Naughty Girl" and one for "Me, Myself and I."  No Doubt garnered five noms for their music video "It's My Life" and OutKast received five noms for their music video "Hey Ya."

The 2004 VMAs will broadcast live from American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL on Sunday, August 29 at 8:00 p.m. (live ET/tape delayed PT). It's the first time the show has been held in Miami after being staged in either New York or L.A. Among the announced performers are nominees Usher, Kanye West, Hoobastank, Yellowcard, Jet and Jessica Simpson.

MTV/MTV2 President Van Toffler praised the nominees while hoping no one flashes a moon over Miami during the telecast: "These top nominees will set the stage for one of the biggest nights in music. We've brought in the heavy hitters. These artists put on incredible live shows, which combined with the heat of Miami, some surprise collaborations, and a stage like no other seen on television will make for an unforgettable night."

Voting for Viewer's Choice and the MTV2 Award will begin on July 27.  Voting for the final five nominees for Viewer's Choice will start on August 18. 

BEST VIDEO OF THE YEAR
OutKast
"Hey Ya"
Usher featuring Lil' Jon & Ludacris "Yeah"
Britney Spears "Toxic"
D12 "My Band"
Jay-Z "99 Problems"

BEST MALE VIDEO

Usher featuring Lil' Jon & Ludacris "Yeah"
Jay-Z "99 Problems"
Justin Timberlake "Senorita"
Kanye West  f/Syleena Johnson "All Falls Down"
Prince  "Musicology"

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

Britney Spears "Toxic"
Beyoncé "Naughty Girl"
Alicia Keys "If I Ain't Got You"
Jessica Simpson "With You"
Christina Aguilera "The Voice Within"

BEST GROUP VIDEO
No Doubt "It's My Life"
D12 "My Band"
Hoobastank "The Reason"
Maroon 5 "This Love"
Good Charlotte "Hold On"

BEST RAP VIDEO

Jay-Z "99 Problems"
D12 "My Band"
50 Cent f/Snoop Dogg & G-Unit "P.I.M.P." Remix                 
Ludacris "Stand Up"
Lil' Jon & The East Side Boyz f/Ying Yang Twins "Get Low"

BEST R&B VIDEO

Usher "Burn"
Alicia Keys "If I Ain't Got You"
Brandy f/Kanye West "Talk About Our Love"
Beyoncé "Me, Myself and I"
R. Kelly "Step In The Name of Love "

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO

OutKast "Hey Ya"
Black Eyed Peas "Hey Mama"
Kanye West  f/Syleena Johnson "All Falls Down"
Nelly f/P. Diddy/Murphy Lee "Shake Ya Tailfeather"
Chingy f/Ludacris and Snoop Dogg "Holidae In"

BEST DANCE VIDEO

Usher f/Lil' Jon & Ludacris "Yeah"
Black Eyed Peas "Hey Mama"
Beyoncé "Naughty Girl"
Britney Spears "Toxic" 
Missy Elliott "I'm Really Hot"

BEST ROCK VIDEO

Jet "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
The Darkness "I Believe In A Thing Called Love"
Hoobastank "The Reason"
Evanescence "My Immortal"
Linkin Park "Breaking The Habit"

BEST POP VIDEO

Britney Spears "Toxic"
Jessica Simpson "With You"
Hilary Duff "Come Clean"
No Doubt "It's My Life"
Avril Lavigne "Don't Tell Me"

BEST NEW ARTIST IN A VIDEO

Jet "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
Maroon 5, "This Love"
JoJo "Leave (Get Out)"
Kanye West f/Syleena Johnson "All Falls Down"
Yellowcard "Ocean Avenue"
The Darkness "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" 
 
MTV2 AWARD
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
"Maps"
Elephant Man "Pon De River"
Yellowcard "Ocean Avenue"
Twista f/Kanye West and Jamie Foxx "Slow Jamz"
Franz Ferdinand "Take Me Out"
Modest Mouse "Float On"

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO

Franz Ferdinand "Take Me Out"
Modest Mouse "Float On"
Kanye West  f/Syleena Johnson "All Falls Down"
New Found Glory "All Downhill From Here"
White Stripes "The Hardest Button to Button"
Steriogram "Walkie Talkie Man"

BEST DIRECTION IN A VIDEO

Jay-Z "99 Problems" (Mark Romanek)
No Doubt "It's My Life" (David LaChapelle)
OutKast "Hey Ya" (Bryan Barber)
White Stripes "The Hardest Button to Button" (Michel Gondry)
Steriogram "Walkie Talkie Man" (Michel Gondry)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A VIDEO

Usher f/Lil' Jon & Ludacris "Yeah" (Devyne Stephens)
Black Eyed Peas "Hey Mama" (Fatima Robinson
Missy Elliott "I'm Really Hot" (Hi-Hat) 
Beyoncé
"Naughty Girl" (Frank Gatson & LaVelle Smith Jr.
Sean Paul "Like Glue" (Tanisha Scott
               
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS IN A VIDEO
Incubus
"Megalomaniac"
OutKast "Hey Ya"
White Stripes "The Hardest Button to Button"
Modest Mouse "Float On"
Steriogram "Walkie Talkie Man"

BEST ART DIRECTION IN A VIDEO

Steriogram "Walkie Talkie Man" (Lauri Faggioni 
No Doubt "It's My Life" (Kristen Vallow)
OutKast "Hey Ya" (Eric Beauchamp)  
Alicia Keys "You Don't Know My Name" (Rob Buono)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Maps" (Jeff Everett)
               
BEST EDITING IN A VIDEO
Jay-Z "99 Problems" (Robert Duffy
White Stripes "The Hardest Button to Button" (Charlie Johnston/Geoff Hounsell/Andy Grieve) 
Jet "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" (Megan Bee)
Simple Plan "Perfect" (Declan Whitebloom)     
Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Maps" (Anthony Cerniello
               
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A VIDEO
Jay-Z "99 Problems" (Joaquin Baca-Asay)
No Doubt "It's My Life" (Jeff Cronenweth)      
Beyoncé "Naughty Girl" (Jim Hawkinson)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Maps" (Shawn Kim)     
Christina Aguilera "The Voice Within" (Jeff Cronenweth )
               

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