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Gorillaz top MTV Euro noms

Craig David, Limp Bizkit and U2 receive four noms each

LONDON — Toon band Gorillaz has scored the most nominations in the MTV Europe Music Awards.

The band — fronted by Brit singer Damon Albarn — leads the pack with six noms including group, song and video for “Clint Eastwood.”

British R&B performer Craig David, U.S. rock band Limp Bizkit and Ireland’s U2 received four noms each for the awards, which will take place Nov. 8 at Frankfurt’s Festhalle.

Providing the entertainment will be Germany’s Rammstein, U.S. punk-rock band Blink-182, Craig David, Depeche Mode, Destiny’s Child, Dido and Janet Jackson. Presenters include Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado, Eddy Grant, Kylie Minogue and German model Heidi Klum.

In all, 22 awards are up for grabs. The nine regional prizes, such as best German act, are chosen by the viewers of MTV’s regional services. This year’s eighth annual awards will include the first Web Award.

The event will be hosted by Britain’s Ali G, the satirical character created by Sacha Baron Cohen. “Ali G has made a career out of being a North London Jewish boy playing a streetwise Jamaican, and is a sensation in the U.K.,” Brent Hansen, MTV Network Europe’s prexy-CEO, told Daily Variety. “I am really excited about him after last year’s show.”

Hansen said MTV decided to go ahead with the ceremony despite the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. “It’s the most important thing we do all year,” he said. “It’s the moment when we provide a show for the whole world. … Humans are an optimistic race and it’s better to look forward rather than back. As far as we know, everyone is still coming.”

And the nominees are …

Best song

Lady Marmalade – Christian Aguilera, Lil’Kym, Mya & Pink

Butterfly – Crazytown

Survivor – Destiny’s Child

Stan – Eminem

Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz

Best Group

Destiny’s Child

Gorillaz

Limp Bizkit

REM

U2

Best Female

Dido

Janet Jackson

Jennifer Lopez

Madonna

Mariah Carey

Best Male

Craig David

Eminem

Ricky Martin

Robbie Williams

Shaggy

Best Pop

Anastacia

Atomic Kitten

Britney Spears

*NSYNC

Shaggy

Best Album

Chocolate St*rfish & The Hot Dog Flavoured Water – Limp Bizkit

Music – Madonna

All That You Can’t Leave Behind – U2

The Invisible Band – Travis

No Angel – Dido

Best New Act

Craig David

Dido

Gorillaz

Nelly Furtado

Wheatus

Best Dance

Basement Jaxx

Daft Punk

Gorillaz

Faithless

Roger Sanchez

Best R&B

Craig David

Destiny’s Child

Janet Jackson

Outkast

Wyclef

Best Hip-Hop

D-12

Eminem

Missy Elliott

P. Diddy

Outkast

Best Rock

Blink 182

Limp Bizkit

Linkin Park

Crazytown

U2

THE WEB AWARD

Daft Punk, www.daftclub.com

Depeche Mode, www.depechemode.com

Gorillaz, www.gorillaz.com

Limp Bizkit, www.limpbizkit.com

U2, www.u2.com

Best Nordic Act

Briskeby

Emmi

Eskobar

Safri Duo

Titiyo

Best French Act

Mano Chao

Daft Punk

Demon

St Germain

Supermen Lovers

Best Italian Act

Elisa

Marlene Kuntz

Neffa

Valeria Rossi

Tiromancino

Best Polish Act

Fiolka

Reni Jusis

Kasia Kowalska

Myslovitz

Smolik

Best Russian Act

Zemphira

B2

Mumiy Troll

Tatu, Alsou

Best U.K. & Ireland Act

Artful Dodger

Craig David

Feeder

S Club 7

Sugababes

Best Dutch Act

Anouk

Bastian

Brainpower

Johan

Kane

Best Spanish Act

Jarabe de Palo

Najwa

La Oreja de Van Gogh

Los Piratas

Alejandro Sanz

Best German Act

Die Arzte

Echt

No Angels

Rammstein

Samy Deluxe

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