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Shakira, Chili Peppers lead MTV

Published August 1, 2006

NEW YORK - The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Shakira will be front and center at this year's MTV Video Music Awards.

Each got seven nominations Monday for the videos for Dani California and Hips Don't Lie, respectively. Both will compete for video of the year along with Christina Aguilera (Ain't No Other Man), Madonna (Hung Up) and Panic! at the Disco (I Write Sins Not Tragedies).

Madonna, Shakira and Aguilera are also nominated for best female video, along with Kelly Clarkson (Because of You) and Nelly Furtado (Promiscuous). Madonna is up for three more awards, including best dance video and best pop video. Aguilera, now in a '40s glamor-puss phase, is also nominated for best pop video and best choreography in a video.

Nick Lachey's What's Left of Me, which re-creates his breakup with Jessica Simpson, will vie for best male video with James Blunt (You're Beautiful), Kanye West (Gold Digger), T.I. (What You Know) and Busta Rhymes (his remix of Touch It, featuring Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott). The bands for best group video include the Chili Peppers, Fall Out Boy (Dance, Dance) and Gnarls Barkley (Crazy).

The Video Music Awards will air live on MTV on Aug. 31 from Radio City Music Hall in New York. Viewers can vote on the awards' general categories through Aug. 20 by visiting MTV Overdrive at Voting for the viewer's choice award starts Monday and runs through Aug. 31.

[Last modified August 1, 2006, 05:44:26]

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