11th edish of the awards held in Rome

LONDON — OutKast has picked up five nominations for MTV’s European Music Awards in Rome on Nov. 18.

Usher has four noms while Beyonce, The Black Eyed Peas and Jay-Z are each up for three awards, as are Anastacia, Britney Spears, Franz Ferdinand and Maroon 5.

Live acts for the event include the Beastie Boys, Eminem, Franz Ferdinand, Gwen Stefani, The Hives, Maroon 5, Nelly and Usher.

OutKast’s five noms are for group, R&B, song for “Hey Ya!”, video for “Hey Ya!” and album for “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.”

The 11th edish of the awards will be held in a purpose-built tent at the Tor Di Valle horse racing course just outside Rome. Last year’s event, which migrates around Europe, was in Edinbugh, Scotland.

A host for the event is still to be named.

MTV is organising a series of events in the Italian capital in the days leading up to the extravaganza, and on the night itself, a separate free show is to be staged in the center of the Eternal City, to be simulcast with the main ceremony.

“The 11th MTV Europe Awards is set to be the most spectacular yet,” said MTV Networks Europe prexy Brent Hansen. “With an incredible roster of talent and the backdrop of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, the MTV Europe Music Awards 2004 will truly reflect the diverse musical tastes of Europe’s youth.”

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