Nomination recipients for the 26th Annual MTV Video Music Awards have been announced on August 4. And, it was revealed that both Beyonce Knowles and Lady GaGa have dominated the list with nine nods.
Out of the nine nominations Beyonce and Lady GaGa received, eight of them have the two female singers facing off against each other. Beyonce competes against Lady GaGa in such categories as Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Special Effects, Best Cinematography and Art Direction.
In addition to those battles, Beyonce is also nominated for Best Choreography alongside Kristinia DeBarge, Britney Spears, Ciara and The Pussycat Dolls. As for Lady GaGa, the dance music singer is up for Best New Artist, competing against Drake, 3OH!3, Kid Cudi and Asher Roth.
Commenting on her domination in this year's MTV VMAs' nominations, Beyonce who gets all of the nods from her "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" video says she feels honored. "I'm excited and honored to be tied for most nominated for the VMAs," she states. "I've been blessed this year to have 'Single Ladies' become a video people really connected with and responded to. I've spent so much time watching all the great versions people created all around the world. It's beautiful to feel you touch people and bring a song to life with a video."
In line with Beyonce's excitement, Lady GaGa also shares her gratitude. "After years of hustle in New York City, where we made our art videos in bars, myself and the Haus of Gaga are honored to receive nine nominations for the 2009 VMAs," she reveals. "We believe in the immensity and the promise of 'showbiz' and will continue to give it mouth-to-mouth, till its vomiting return. All you need is a camcorder, a flashlight and one truly great idea. Thank you, MTV, for being our video flagship, and for supporting this bunch of inspired kids, who love to get wasted and make art together."
Following Beyonce Knowles and Lady GaGa's domination is Britney Spears with seven gongs. Britney is listed among the contenders for Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Art Direction in addition to previously-mentioned Best Choreography.
2009 MTV Video Music Awards will be held on September 13 at 9 P.M. ET with last year's host Russell Brand once again being billed for the job. The awards will take over New York City's most iconic locations, including Radio City Music Hall. Taylor Swift, Muse, Green Day and Pink have been billed to entertain the awards' audience. As for its presenters, MTV has recruited Katy Perry, Ne-Yo and Chace Crawford.
Fans can vote for the awards' winners by logging on to VMA.MTV.com. Those who are Verizon subscribers can determine the winners by texting VMA to 97979. The voting will open starting from August 4.
Full nominations list of 2009 MTV Video Music Awards:
Video of the Year