MTV announced today the nominees for the “2001 MTV Video Music Awards.” Fatboy Slim tops the list with nine nominations for his video “Weapon of Choice,” which is directed by Spike Jonze and features actor Christopher Walken dancing.
In addition, U2 and Alicia Keys will perform at the “2001 MTV Video Music Awards.” It was also announced that the eighteenth annual awards show will broadcast live from New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center on Thursday, September 6, 2001 at 8:00PM (LIVE ET/Tape Delayed PT). Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.
Other top nominees tied with six nominations each are Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & Pink (Moulin Rouge) for their music video “Lady Marmalade,” Missy Elliot for “Get Ur Freak On,” and *NSYNC for “Pop.” Tied with five nominations are Eminem featuring Dido for his music video “Stan,” U2 for their music videos “Beautiful Day” and “Elevation Remix,” and Destiny’s Child for “Survivor.” Janet Jackson garnered four nominations for “All for You.”
VMA 360 Degrees will be integrating MTV, MTV2 and MTV.com to present viewers with a deeper connection to all things VMA. More details to come.
“Not only has it been a great year for established superstars like U2, but as evident in this year’s nominees, it’s also been a great year for breakthrough artists from Alicia Keys to Staind to Dido,” said Van Toffler, President, MTV & MTV2. “Also, equally exciting is that for the first time in Video Music Awards history, MTV, MTV2 and MTV.com will be providing our viewers with a unique 360 degrees of music that will surely make for a deeper connection to the artists and the performances.”
“I am delighted that MTV has once again chosen New York City to host its annual MTV Video Music Awards,” said Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. “I can think of no better place or city in which to celebrate and reward the talented people of the music industry than here in New York City, the Cultural and Entertainment Capital of the World. I want to extend my best wishes to thisyear’s nominees, and I hope that the MTV Video Music Awards returns to this great City next year.”
Metropolitan Opera General Manager Joseph Volpe said, “We are happy to welcome the MTV Video Music Awards to The Metropolitan Opera House again. It is a pleasure to share our theater with the huge international audience that watches this show.”
Currently on their “Elevation Tour 2001,” U2 is nominated for five Video Music Awards for their music videos for “Beautiful Day” and “Elevation Remix.” The band’s album “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” has gone multi-platinum.
Debuting at #1 on Billboard Top 100, Alicia Keys “Songs in A Minor” lands back at #1 after being on the charts for 3 weeks. Keys is nominated for two Video Music Awards for her music video “Fallin.”
Ballots for “The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards” were sent out to an exclusive industry group and viewers who determined the nominees for the telecast. Approximately 500 viewers and individuals representing record labels, music journalists and video producers, selected the nominees for awards categories encompassing such wide-ranging contemporary music forms as rap, dance, R&B and rock. Ballots are cast by fax and mail. Duplication is avoided through a special control number assigned to each ballot, which can only be tallied once.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is the official business advisor of “The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.”
Following are the nominees for “The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards” listed alphabetically within each category.
A category recognizing artists from MTV’s international channels, “The International Viewers Choice Award” has viewers from around the world vote for their favorite videos in their local territories. The winners will be announced within the International Viewers Choice Award segment of the show. Viewers in the following territories participate: – MTV Latin America (North, Central, South), MTV Brazil, MTV Russia, MTV Southeast Asia, MTV Korea, MTV Mandarin (Taiwan), MTV India, MTV Japan, MTV Australia.
The “2001 MTV Video Music Awards” will be executive produced by Dave Sirulnick and Salli Frattini. Alex Coletti is the producer.
Sponsors of the “2001 MTV Video Music Awards” are 1-800-Call-ATT for Collect Calls, Levi’s Jeans, Nike, Pepsi, Sony Walkman(TM) Portable Audio, Taco Bell, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and Wrigley’s Winterfresh.
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