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Volume 68, Issue 4, Thursday, August 29, 2002

Arts & Entertainment
 

Stars come out for MTV's moon man

By Daniel Huron
The Daily Cougar

They may not be as refined or glamorous as the Oscars, but MTV's Video Music Awards are just as star-studded and more fun.

The 18th annual VMAs, hosted by Saturday Night Live's Jimmy Fallon and airing today at 7 p.m., will feature performances by Eminem, Bruce
Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Ja Rule, Nas, Sheryl Crow and many others.


Photo courtesy of Warner Bros Records


Linkin Parks' Chester Bennington (left), Brad Delson, Phoenix, Joseph Hahn, Mike Shinoda and Rob Bourdon will take their "In the End" to MTV's
VMAs with hopes of nabbing the Best Video award.

And, of course, there are the awards.

Eminem's "Without Me," 'N Sync's "Gone," Linkin Park's "In the End," P.O.D.'s "Alive," The White Stripe's "Fell In Love With a Girl" and Nas' "One
Mic" are all nominated for the year's best video.

The White Stripe's use of Lego animation should help them walk off with the night's most coveted moon man, but don't be surprised if Nas or
Alive's astonishing bus crash imagery pulls out the upset.

It would be nice to see Elton John's stylish clip for "This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore" pick up the award for Best Male Video, but the more
likely choice is Enrique Iglesias' "Hero." Don't count Eminem out either.

Also up for the award are Craig David, Usher and Nelly.

Ashanti's "Foolish" should beat out Britney Spears, Pink, Shakira and Michelle Branch for Best Female Video. Expect Ashanti to walk off with a
few more moon men before the night is done.

Her contribution to Fat Joe's "What's Luv?" should help the video win for Best Hip-hop Video. She's also a lock to win for Best New Artist in a
Video.

In the best r&b category, Ashanti faces stiff competition from Aaliyah. The late singer/actress should win for her last video "Rock the Boat."

As 'N Sync and No Doubt fight it out for the year's Best Group Video, Blink 182's campy "First Date" clip might just sneak up and win. Linkin Park
and Dave Matthews Band are also nominated.

In the competitive Best Rock category, System of a Down's chaotic interpretation of "Chop Suey!" should hold off Korn, Linkin Park, Creed, P.O.D.
and Jimmy Eat World.

Nas' powerful "One Mic" clip puts it in the lead for the Best Rap Video award, but DMX's own groundbreaking and socially-conscience video for
"Who We Be" could also end up winning. Eminem and his alter egos could also leave with the award. With Ludacris and P. Diddy rounding out
the nominations, this could be another close race.

Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Pink, Dirty Vegas and Shakira will battle it out for the Best Dance Video award. DMX, The Crystal Method, Cake,
The White Stripes, Maxwell and Coldplay are all nominated for the Breakthrough Video of the Year Award.

The MTV2 Award, which is a best new artist award for those bands that debuted on the channel, will feature The Strokes, The Hives, Dashboard
Confessional, Musiq, Nappy Roots and Norah Jones. This year's Viewer's Choice Award features videos from Brandy, Enrique Iglesias, Michelle
Branch, Eminem, B2K and Pink.

 Send comments to dcshobiz@mail.uh.edu

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