En Vogue topped the list of nominees for the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards, with the soulful quartet scoring seven nods, including best video. R.E.M. scored five nominations, tying with rock stalwarts Aerosmith and Peter Gabriel. Winners will be announced at ceremonies Sept. 2 at the Universal Amphitheatre.

Nominations were announced Wednesday morning.

Performers enlisted for the live broadcast so far include Janet Jackson, Aerosmith and R.E.M., the latter making its performance debut despite a long track record of MTV wins and nominations.

Christian Slater has been tapped to host, marking a departure from using co-hosts or standup comedians — one of several changes for the music channel’s 10th annual event.

The show returns to the Universal Amphitheatre, following last year’s fiasco at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion that was marked by poor acoustics, poorer ambience and access problems to the adjacent after-show party. The confirmation also ends speculation that the show was heading to New York.

The broadcast airdate moves from its typical post-Labor Day spot to the prior week, and will include an R&B category, added in response to the success of the channel’s “MTV Jams” program.

During the Wednesday morning press conference, which looked like a scaled-down version of the early-morning Academy Award and Emmy nomination announcements, Slater — who was voted most desirable male at the recent MTV Movie Awards — jointly announced the nominations with En Vogue’s Maxine Herron and Terry Ellis.

“I’m a little hesitant about doing it,” Slater said, referring to the live setting of the VMA and his lack of experience as a host.

R.E.M., En Vogue, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam and Peter Gabriel vie for the video of the year award, while Gabriel joins Sting, Lenny Kravitz and George Michael as male video nominees. Group video nominations went to Depeche Mode, Pearl Jam, En Vogue and R.E.M.

A diverse contingent of Janet Jackson, k.d. lang, Neneh Cherry and Annie Lennox comprises the best female video category, and alternative faves Stone Temple Pilots, Porno for Pyros and Belly compete with Tasmin Archer to round out new artist nominees.

Benefiting from the best R&B video category are Prince and the New Power Generation, En Vogue, Boyz II Men and Mary J. Blige.

Recipients for the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, along with additional performers for the show, will be announced in the coming weeks. Viewers’ Choice winner will be announced on the show.

MTV programming senior VP Doug Herzog noted that the public will be able to buy tickets for the three-hour show, and he expects that close to 30% of the house will be earmarked for non-industry. “I don’t want the house to be filled with industry,” Herzog said. “(The show’s) not very exciting when it is.”

Producer Joel Gallen will helm for the fifth year. Although no announcement was made, it is likely that director Bruce Gowers will also return. Herzog and Judy McGrath will co-exec produce.

A complete list of nominees follows:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“Man on the Moon”– R.E.M.; producer, John Hopgood (WB).

“Jeremy”– Pearl Jam; producers, Tom Gorai, Victoria Strange (Epic).

“Digging in the Dirt”– Peter Gabriel; producer, the Underground (Geffen).

“Free Your Mind”– En Vogue; producer, Krista Montagna (Atco/East West).

“Livin’ on the Edge”– Aerosmith; producer, Bill Brigode (Geffen).

MALE VIDEO

“If I Ever Lose My Faith”– Sting (A&M).

“Killer/Papa Was a Rolling Stone”– George Michael (Hollywood).

“Are You Gonna Go My Way”– Lenny Kravitz (Virgin).

“Steam”– Peter Gabriel (Geffen).

FEMALE VIDEO

“Walking on Broken Glass”– Annie Lennox (Arista).

“Constant Craving”– k.d. lang (Sire/WB).

“That’s the Way Love Goes”– Janet Jackson (Virgin).

“Buddy X”– Neneh Cherry (Virgin).

GROUP VIDEO

“Man on the Moon”– R.E.M. (WB).

“Jeremy”– Pearl Jam (Epic).

“Free Your Mind”– En Vogue (Atco/East West).

“I Feel You”– Depeche Mode (Sire).

NEW ARTIST IN A VIDEO

Stone Temple Pilots –”Plush” (Atlantic).

Porno for Pyros –”Pets” (WB).

Belly –”Feed the Tree” (Sire).

Tasmin Archer –”Sleeping Satellite” (SBK/ERG).

RAP VIDEO

“Hip Hop Hooray”– Naughty by Nature (Tommy Boy).

“Nothin’ but a ‘G’ Thang”– Dr. Dre (Death Row/Interscope/Atlantic).

“Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”– Digable Planets (Pendulum/Elektra).

“People Everyday”– Arrested Development (Chrysalis/ERG).

DANCE VIDEO

“Connected”– Stereo MC’s (Gee Street/Island Records).

“Supermodel”– RuPaul (Tommy Boy).

“That’s the Way Love Goes”– Janet Jackson (Virgin).

“Free Your Mind”– En Vogue (Atco/East West).

METAL/HARD ROCK VIDEO

“Jeremy”– Pearl Jam; director, Mark Pellington (Epic).

“Wish”– Nine Inch Nails; director, Peter Christopherson (Nothing/TVT/Interscope/Atlantic).

“Unsung”– Helmet; director, Kevin Kerslake (Interscope/Atlantic).

“Livin’ on the Edge”– Aerosmith; director: Marty Callner (Geffen).

ALTERNATIVE VIDEO

“Plush”– Stone Temple Pilots; director, Josh Taft (Atlantic).

“Pets”– Porno for Pyros; directors, Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris (WB).

“In Bloom”– Nirvana (first version, “Dresses”); director, Kevin Kerslake (DGC).

“Feed the Tree”– Belly; director, Mark Lindquist (Sire).

“What’s Up”– 4 Non Blondes; director, Morgan Lawley (Interscope/Atlantic).

VIDEO FROM A FILM

“Dyslexic Heart”(“Singles”) — Paul Westerberg; director, Josh Taft (Epic).

“The Crying Game” (“The Crying Game”) — Boy George; directors, Jeff Panzer, Doug Kluthe (SBK/ERG).

“Revolution”(“Malcolm X”) — Arrested Development; director, Spike Lee (EMIRG).

“Would?” (“Singles”) — Alice in Chains; director, John Taft (Hollywood/Reprise).

R&B VIDEO

“7″– Prince and the New Power Generation; director, Sotera Tschetter (WB).

“Free Your Mind”– En Vogue; director, Sotera Tschetter (Atco/East West).

“End of the Road”– Boyz II Men; director, Lionel Martin (Motown).

“Real Love”– Mary J. Blige; director, Marcus Raboy (Uptown/RCA).

DIRECTION IN A VIDEO

Peter Care –”Man on the Moon,” R.E.M. (WB).

Mark Pellington –”Jeremy,” Pearl Jam (Epic).

Ondrej Rudavsky –”Kiko & The Lavender Moon,” Los Lobos (Slash/WB).

Mark Romanek –”Free Your Mind,” En Vogue (Atco/East West).

CHOREOGRAPHY IN A VIDEO

Barry Lather –”Jam,” Michael Jackson (Epic).

Tina Landon –”That’s The Way Love Goes,” Janet Jackson (Virgin).

Frank Gatson, Lavelle Smith, Travis Payne –”Free Your Mind,” En Vogue (Atco/East West).

Leslie Segar –”Real Love,” Mary J. Blige (Uptown/RCA).

SPECIAL EFFECTS IN A VIDEO

Stan Winston –”Shock to the System,” Billy Idol (Chrysalis/ERG).

Stephen Johnson –”Steam,” Peter Gabriel (Geffen).

Michel Gondry –”She Kissed Me,” Terence Trent D’Arby (Columbia).

Cream Cheese Films –”Livin’ on the Edge,” Aerosmith (Geffen).

ART DIRECTION IN A VIDEO

Mike Grant –”If I Ever Lose My Faith,” Sting (A&M).

Jan Peter Flack –”Man on the Moon,” R.E.M. (WB).

Jan Peter Flack –”Rain,” Madonna (Maverick/Sire/WB).

Tom Foden –”Constant Craving,” k.d. lang (Sire/WB).

Nigel Phelps –”Are You Gonna Go My Way,” Lenny Kravitz (Virgin).

Tyler Smith –”A Small Victory,” Faith No More (Slash/Reprise).

Vance Lorenzini –”Livin’ on the Edge,” Aerosmith (Geffen).

EDITING IN A VIDEO

Robert Duffy –”Man on the Moon,” R.E.M. (WB).

Jim Gable –”Shock to the System,” Billy Idol (Chrysalis/ERG).

Douglas Jines –”Steam,” Peter Gabriel (Geffen).

Jahn Mayes –”Sleeping Satellite,” Tasmin Archer (SBK/ERG).

CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A VIDEO

Ivan Bartos –”If I Ever Lose My Faith,” Sting (A&M).

Harris Savides –”Rain,” Madonna (Maverick/Sire/WB).

Marc Reshovsky –”Constant Craving,” k.d. lang (Sire/WB).

Thomas Kloss –”Free Your Mind,” En Vogue (Atco/East West).

Martin Coppen –”Ordinary World,” Duran Duran (Capitol).

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO

Porno for Pyros –”Pets,” director, Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris (WB).

George Michael –”Killer/Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” director, Marcus Nispel (Hollywood).

Los Lobos –”Kiko & the Lavender Moon,” director, Ondrej Rudavsky (Slash/WB).

Green Jelly –”Three Little Pigs,” director, Fred Stuhr (Zoo).

Terence Trent D’Arby –”She Kissed Me,” director, Michel Gondry (Columbia).

Aerosmith –”Livin’ on the Edge,” director, Marty Callner (Geffen).

INTL. FINALISTS

MTV ASIA

Beyond –”The Great Wall,” Hong Kong.

Jerry Huang –”The Love March,” Taiwan.

Indus Creed –”Pretty Child,” India.

Mai –”Sai-Jai-Dai-Yin-Mai,” Thailand.

Tang Dynasty –”A Dream Return to Tang Dynasty,” China.

MTV BRASIL

Deborah Blando –”Decadence Avec Elegance.”

Capital Inicail –”Kamikase.”

Engenheiros Do Hawaii –”Parabolica.”

Nenhum De Nos –”Jornais.”

Titas –”Sera Que e Isso que eu Necessito.”

MTV EUROPE

Beloved –”Sweet Harmony,” U.K.

Bjork –”Human Behavior,” Iceland.

Peter Gabriel –”Diggin in the Dirt,” U.K.

George Michael –”Killer/Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” U.K.

Shakespeare’s Sister –”Hello,” U.K.

MTV INTERNACIONAL

Cafe Tacuba –”Maria,” Mexico.

Juan Luis Guerra & 4-40 –”El Costo de la Vida,” Dominican Republic.

Mecano –”Una Rosa es una Rosa,” Spain.

Luis Miguel –”America,” Mexico.

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