Fatboy Slim garners nine, including video of the year

HOLLYWOOD — Fatboy Slim’s musicvideo for “Weapon of Choice” drew nine noms for the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, topping the tally of all other artists, as MTV announced the nominees July 23.

Vid, directed by Spike Jonze and featuring Christopher Walken dancing, is competing for video of the year, dance video, direction in a video, choreography in a video, special effects in a video, art direction in a video, editing in a video, cinematography in a video and breakthrough video.

Trophies will be doled out during a live broadcast of the awards show Sept. 6 at Gotham’s Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. U2 and Alicia Keys will perform during the kudocast.

Several other artists earned multiple noms. Earning six were videos for “Lady Marmalade,” performed by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink; as well as Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On” and ‘N Sync’s “Pop.”

Beautiful day for U2

Eminem’s “Stan” (featuring Dido) took five noms, as did Destiny’s Child for “Survivor.” U2 also grabbed five, for “Beautiful Day” and “Elevation Remix.”

Janet Jackson earned four noms for “All for You.”

“Lady Marmalade,” “Stan,” “All for You,” “Get Ur Freak On” and “Beautiful Day” are competing with “Weapon of Choice” for vid of the year.

Ballots for the awards were sent to about 500 viewers and people repping record labels, music journos and vid producers, who determined the nominees.

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