- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 5, 2009

MTV on Tuesday announced the nominees for the “2009 MTV Video Music Awards.”

The ladies lead the pack as Beyonce and Lady Gaga earn nine nominations each for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring on It),” “Poker Face” and “Paparazzi” respectively.

Britney Spears follows with an impressive seven combined nominations for “Womanizer” and “Circus.”

Jay-Z, Green Day, Eminem, Kanye West and Coldplay will each find themselves vying for several moonmen on the big night.

In addition, Latin Grammy award-winning Puerto Rican duo Wisin Y Yandel, rapper Drake and rockers Kings of Leon are a few of the artists who have received their first VMA nomination.

Also included in the impressive line-up of first-time nominees is rapper Asher Roth who finds himself up against one of today’s most notorious artists Eminem, in the “Best Hip-Hop” category.

As previously announced, Russell Brand will host and set to perform are Green Day, P!nk, Taylor Swift and Muse. Katy Perry, Ne-Yo and Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford are confirmed presenters.

The “2009 MTV Video Music Awards” will air live on Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. and on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. ET with Spanish subtitles on MTV Tr3s.

MTV will announce additional performers, nominees and presenters on a later date.

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