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Eminem, Elliot, P.O.D. Lead MTV Nominees

Eminem ( news – web sites)’s “Without Me” and Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott’s “One Minute Man” topped the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards nominations list Monday, nabbing six apiece.

Slim Shady earned nods for video of the year, male video, rap video, viewers’ choice, direction and editing; Elliot was recognized in the hip-hop, direction, f/x, art direction, editing and cinematography categories.

Rock group P.O.D. also drew six nominations, split between its clips “Alive” and “Youth of a Nation.” The group is competing for video of the year, group video, rock video, direction, special f/x and viewers’ choice.

A bevy of other artists earned multiple nominations. Tied for four apiece were Shakira’s “Whenever, Wherever,” and the White Stripes’ “Fell in Love With a Girl.”

Britney Spears (“I’m a Slave 4 U”), Linkin Park (“In the End”), Pink (“Get the Party Started”), Ashanti (“Foolish”) and Elton John (“This Train Don’t Stop Here Anymore”) each grabbed three nominations.

Also taking three each were ‘N Sync ( news – web sites), one for “Gone” and two for “Girlfriend” (with Nelly); Usher, one for “U Don’t Have to Call” and two for “U Got It Bad”; and Michelle Branch, two for “All You Wanted” and one for “Everywhere.”

Other nominees include Will Smith (“Nod Ya Head”), Mary J. Blige (“No More Drama”), Enrique Iglesias (“Hero”), Nelly (“#1”), Kylie Minogue (“Can’t Get You Out of My Head”), Alicia Keys (“A Woman’s Worth”), No Doubt (“Hey Baby”).

About 500 ballots were sent to viewers, record label staffers, music journalists and video producers to select nominees.

The live kudocast is scheduled for Aug. 29, from Radio City Music Hall. Jimmy Fallon will host the event, which is scheduled to feature performances by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Pink and Eminem. Announcements on additional performers, as well as a presenters list, are forthcoming.

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