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MTV Video Music Awards 2007: Timberlake and Beyonce lead nominations

Justin Timberlake in Alpha Dog

Story by Jack Foley

JUSTIN Timberlake and Beyonce lead the nominations going into the MTV Video Music Awards, receceiving seven nods each.

Timberlake is in the running for What Goes Around… Comes Around, a video that featured Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson, while Beyonce’s Irreplaceable will compete against him for video of the year.

Both have also been nominated in the best male and female artist of the year categories.

But they are likely to face tough competitions in just about every category from the likes of rapper Kanye West and R&B star Rihanna, who are shortlisted in five categories.

And British acts also feature prominently, with Lily Allen going head to head with Amy Winehouse in the best newcomer category.

The nominations were announced at the Palms Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas and the awards will be presented in the same city on September 9.

Last year, hot favourite Shakira came away with only one award despite being nominated in seven categories. The event, held in New York, saw US newcomers Panic! at the Disco triumph in the coveted video of the year with I Write Sins Not Tragedies.

The main nominees:

Video of the year:
Beyoncé РIrreplaceable
Justice – D.A.N.C.E.
Rihanna f/ Jay-Z – Umbrella
Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around… Comes Around
Kanye West – Stronger
Amy Winehouse – Rehab

Monster single of the year
Daughtry – Home
Fall Out Boy – Thnks Fr Th Mmrs
Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend
Lil Mama – Lip Gloss
Mims – This Is Why I’m Hot
Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah
Rihanna f/ Jay-Z – Umbrella
Shop Boyz – Party Like A Rock Star
T-Pain f/ Yung Joc – Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)
Timbaland f/ Keri Hilson, D.O.E. & Sebastian – The Way I Are

Female artist of the year:
Nelly Furtado
Amy Winehouse

Male artist of the year:
Robin Thicke
Justin Timberlake
Kanye West

Best group:
Fall Out Boy
Gym Class Heroes
Linkin Park
Maroon 5
The White Stripes

Best new artist:
Lily Allen
Gym Class Heroes
Peter, Bjorn and John
Amy Winehouse
Carrie Underwood