Beyonce, Timberlake Lead MTV VMA Nods

Beyonce Knowles performs on the opening night of her "B'day" world tour on April 21, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Paul McConnell/Getty Images) Getty Images

Justin Timberlake and Beyonce lead the pop parade of nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards with seven nods apiece, it was announced Tuesday.

The awards show will take place at the Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas on Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. ET.

The nominees were announced live Tuesday on the cable network's countdown show "TRL."

R&B singer Chris Brown was on hand to announce the biggest category, video of the year. The nominees are Amy Winehouse: "Rehab"; Beyonce: "Irreplaceable"; Justice: "D.A.N.C.E."; Justin Timberlake: "What Goes Around Comes Around"; Kanye West: "Stronger"; and Rihanna, featuring Jay-Z: "Umbrella."

Timberlake was also nominated for male artist of the year and "most earth-shattering collaboration" for pairing with Timbaland for "Sexy Back." Beyonce was nominated for female artist of the year and for her collaboration with Shakira on "Beautiful Liar."

West landed five nominations, including male artist of the year. He has often appeared prickly about losing awards, and on Tuesday he was still sore over being snubbed last year for his Evel Knievel spoof video "Touch the Sky." (In 2005, he did win best male video for "Jesus Walks.")

Photos: Scenes From The 2006 MTV VMAs
Now he finds himself competing again with the dance duo Justice, which beat him out for best video at the MTV Europe awards in November. During that show, he jumped on stage during their acceptance speech in protest.

But, West said he feels that the two new videos they are competing with are more evenly balanced. "(Their) video is completely genius," he said.

West was nominated for best male artist along with Akon, Timberlake, TI, and Robin Thicke.

Rihanna also was nominated for five awards, including best female artist. She'll be competing in that category against Winehouse, Beyonce, Fergie, Nelly Furtado, and Rihanna.

Winehouse received three nominations including one for best new artist along with Carrie Underwood, Gym Class Heroes, Lily Allen, and Peter Bjorn and John.

"It's pretty surreal," Allen said from the casino. "I've never been to Las Vegas before ... it's pretty crazy!"

The announcement featured a live remote from the casino in Las Vegas and a press conference set up in the "TRL" studios in New York. The show wrapped with a performance by West.

There are five new categories in this year's awards including monster single of the year, which was the first nomination announced.

The category itself is monster, with 10 nominees competing for the award. They include: Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend," Daughtry's "Home," Fall Out Boy's "Thnks fr th Mmrs," Lil Mama's "Lipgloss (No Music)," Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson, D.O.E. and Sebastian with "The Way I Are," T-Pain featuring Young Joc with "Buy You A Drank," Plain White T's "Hey There Delilah," Rihanna featuring Jay-Z with "Umbrella," MIMS' "This Is Why I'm Hot," and Shop Boyz' "Party Like A Rock Star."

Photos: 2006 VMA Red Carpet


Best group nominees include Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes, Linkin Park, Maroon 5 and White Stripes.

Rihanna visited the New York studios hobbling in with the help of a cane and her leg in a cast. "I hit into a chair randomly," she said, explaining the injury.

Hopefully, Rihanna will heal in time for her performance at the awards show. Brown and Fall Out Boy are also scheduled to perform.

MTV VMA Nominations

Video of the Year
  • Amy Winehouse: "Rehab"
  • Beyoncé: "Irreplaceable"
  • Justice: "D.A.N.C.E."
  • Justin Timberlake: "What Goes Around ... "
  • Kanye West: "Stronger"
  • Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z): "Umbrella"

    Male Artist of the Year
  • Akon: "Don't Matter," "I Wanna Love You" (featuring Snoop Dogg), "Smack That" (featuring Eminem)
  • Kanye West: "Can't Tell Me Nothing," "Stronger," "Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been" — DJ Premier remix, featuring Nas, KRS-One and Rakim)
  • Justin Timberlake: "Let Me Talk To You/ My Love," "SexyBack" (featuring Timbaland), "What Goes Around ... "
  • T.I.: "Big Things Poppin' (Do It)," "You Know What It Is" (featuring Wyclef Jean), "What You Know"
  • Robin Thicke: "Can U Believe," "Lost Without U," "Wanna Love You Girl" (remix, featuring Busta Rhymes and Pharrell)

    Female Artist of the Year
  • Amy Winehouse: "Rehab," "You Know I'm No Good"
  • Beyoncé: "Irreplaceable," "Beautiful Liar" (featuring Shakira)
  • Fergie: "Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal)," "Glamorous" (featuring Ludacris), "Fergalicious" (featuring Will.I.Am)
  • Nelly Furtado: "Maneater," "Say It Right"
  • Rihanna: "Umbrella" (featuring Jay-Z)

    Best New Artist
  • Amy Winehouse: "Rehab," "You Know I'm No Good"
  • Carrie Underwood: "Before He Cheats"
  • Gym Class Heroes: "Clothes Off," "Cupid's Chokehold/ Breakfast in America"
  • Lily Allen: "Alfie," "Smile," "LDN"
  • Peter Bjorn and John: "Young Folks"

    Best Group
  • Fall Out Boy: "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race," "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs"
  • Gym Class Heroes: "Clothes Off," "Cupid's Chokehold/ Breakfast in America"
  • Linkin Park: "What I've Done"
  • Maroon 5: "Makes Me Wonder"
  • White Stripes: "Icky Thump"

    Most Earthshattering Collaboration
  • Akon (featuring Eminem): "Smack That"
  • Beyoncé and Shakira: "Beautiful Liar"
  • Justin Timberlake (featuring Timbaland): "SexyBack"
  • Gwen Stefani (featuring Akon): "The Sweet Escape"
  • U2 (featuring Green Day): "The Saints Are Coming"

    Quadruple Threat of the Year
  • Beyoncé
  • Bono
  • Jay-Z
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Kanye West

    Monster Single of the Year
  • Avril Lavigne: "Girlfriend"
  • Daughtry: "Home"
  • Fall Out Boy: "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs"
  • Lil Mama: "Lip Gloss (No Music)"
  • T-Pain (featuring Yung Joc): "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')"
  • Timbaland (featuring Keri Hilson, D.O.E. and Sebastian): "The Way I Are"
  • MIMS: "This Is Why I'm Hot"
  • Plain White T's: "Hey There, Delilah"
  • Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z): "Umbrella"
  • Shop Boyz: "Party Like A Rock Star"

    Best Director
  • Beyoncé and Shakira: "Beautiful Liar" (director: Jake Nava)
  • Christina Aguilera: "Candyman" (directors: Matthew Rolston and Christina Aguilera)
  • Justin Timberlake: "What Goes Around ..." (director: Samuel Bayer)
  • Kanye West: "Stronger" (director: Hype Williams)
  • Linkin Park: "What I've Done" (director: Joseph Hahn)
  • Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z): "Umbrella" (director: Chris Applebaum)

    Best Editing in a Video
  • Beyoncé and Shakira: "Beautiful Liar" (editor: Jarett Figl)
  • Gnarls Barkley: "Smiley Faces" (editor: Ken Mowe)
  • Justin Timberlake: "What Goes Around ..." (editor: Hollee Singer)
  • Kanye West: "Stronger" (editors: Peter Johnson and Corey Weisz)
  • Linkin Park: "What I've Done" (editor: Igor Kovalik)

    Best Choreography in a Video
  • Beyoncé and Shakira: "Beautiful Liar" (choreographer: Frank Gatson)
  • Chris Brown: "Wall To Wall" (choreographers: Rich & Tone and Flii Styles)
  • Ciara: "Like A Boy" (choreographer: Jamaica Craft)
  • Eve: "Tambourine" (choreographer: Tahesha Scott)
  • Justin Timberlake: "My Love" (choreographer: Marty Kudelka)

    • Judy Faber

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