VMAs flip for Beyonce, Lady Gaga

Top nominations with 9; Britney Spears grabs 7

NEW YORK -- Beyonce and Lady Gaga on Tuesday each earned nine nominations for MTV's Video Music Awards, more than any other artist, while Britney Spears continued her musical comeback with seven noms.

All three will compete for the honor of video of the year, with Beyonce earning a bid for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), Lady Gaga for "Poker Face" and Spears for "Womanizer."

They square off against rappers Kanye West with "Love Lockdown" and Eminem for "We Made You" in the video of the year race. Honors will be given out at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 13 in a show hosted by Russell Brand.

Beyonce has enjoyed a hugely successful solo career since leaving the all-female group "Destiny's Child." Her third solo album, "I Am ... Sasha Fierce," had the No. 1 hit "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)."

"I've been blessed this year to have 'Single Ladies' become a video people really connected with and responded to," Beyonce said in a statement released by MTV.

The annual awards are one of the cable TV channel's most-watched programs, as much for the celebrity antics and performances as the awards themselves.

At the height of Spears' early career in 2003, she and Madonna famously kissed on the show. Later her personal life veered out of control and her father took control of her business affairs. But recently she has rebounded.

Spears is on tour and her video for the song "Circus" was nominated for best choreography.

New Yorker Lady Gaga's 2008 debut album, "The Fame," included the hit single "Just Dance" and was among the top five CDs in countries including the U.S., Britain and Germany.

"Poker Face" earned Lady Gaga not only a video of the year nomination but also a nod for best female video, a category that pits her against Katy Perry with "Hot N Cold," Beyonce with "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Kelly Clarkson with "My Life Would Suck Without You," Taylor Swift with "You Belong With Me" and Pink with "So What."

Lady Gaga thanked MTV "for being our video flagship, and for supporting this bunch of inspired kids, who love to get wasted and make art, together."

Eminem ("We Made You") and Kanye West ("Love Lockdown") will square off in the best male video category against hip hop star Jay-Z with "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)," rapper T.I. (featuring Rihanna) with his "Live Your Life" and Ne-Yo with "Miss Independent."

First-time nominees include U.S. rockers Kings of Leon as well as rappers Drake and Asher Roth. Both rappers were nominated in the best new artist category.

Other categories include best hip-hop video, best pop video and best rock video.

Nominations for the Video Music Awards follow:

Video of the year
Beyonce, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
Lady Gaga, "Poker Face"
Eminem, "We Made You"
Kanye West, "Love Lockdown"
Britney Spears, "Womanizer"

Best new artist
Lady Gaga, "Poker Face"
Drake, "Best I Ever Had"
3OH!3, "Don't Trust Me"
Kid Cudi, "Day 'N' Nite"
Asher Roth, "I Love College"

Best male video
Eminem, "We Made You"
Ne-Yo, "Miss Independent"
Kanye West, "Love Lockdown"
T.I. (featuring Rihanna), "Live Your Life"
Jay-Z, "D.O.A."

Best female video
Lady Gaga, "Poker Face"
Beyonce, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
Katy Perry, "Hot N Cold"
Kelly Clarkson, "My Life Would Suck Witout You"
Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me"
Pink, "So What"

Best hip-hop video
Eminem, "We Made You"
Flo Rida, "Right Round"
Kanye West, "Love Lockdown"
Asher Roth, "I Love College"
Jay-Z, "D.O.A."

Best pop video
Britney Spears, "Womanizer"
Beyonce, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
Lady Gaga, "Poker Face"
Wisin y Yandel, "Abusadora"
Cobra Starship (featuring Leighton Meester), "Good Girls Go Bad"

Best rock video
Coldplay, "Viva la Vida"
Paramore, "Decode"
Kings of Leon, "Use Somebody"
Green Day, "21 Guns"
Fall Out Boy, "I Don't Care"

Breakthrough video
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Heads Will Roll"
Matt and Kim, "Lessons Learned"
Passion Pit, "The Reeling"
Bat for Lashes, "Daniel"
Anjulie, "Boom"
Cold War Kids, "I've Seen Enough"
Death Cab for Cutie, "Grapevine Fires"
Gnarls Barkley, "Who's Gonna Save My Soul"
Chairlift, "Evident Utensil"
Major Lazer, "Hold the Line"

Best video (that should have won a Moonman)
David Lee Roth, "California Girls"
Foo Fighters, "Everlong"
U2, "Where the Streets Have No Name"
George Michael, "Freedom"
OK Go, "Here It Goes Again"
Tom Petty, "Into the Great Wide Open"
Dr. Dre (featuring Snoop Dogg), "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"
Beastie Boys, "Sabotage"
Bjork, "Human Behavior"
Radiohead, "Karma Police"

Best choreography
Beyonce, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
Kristinia DeBarge, "Goodbye"
Britney Spears, "Circus"
Ciara (featuring Justin Timberlake), "Love Sex Magic"
A. R. Rahman and Pussycat Dolls (featuring Nicole Scherzinger), "Jai Ho!"

Best direction
Beyonce, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
Lady Gaga, "Paparazzi"
Britney Spears, "Circus"
Cobra Starship (featuring Leighton Meester), "Good Girls Go Bad"
Green Day, "21 Guns"

Best editing
Beyonce, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
Lady Gaga, "Paparazzi"
Britney Spears, "Circus"
Miley Cyrus, "7 Things"
Coldplay, "Viva la Vida"

Best special effects
Gnarls Barkley, "Who's Gonna Save My Soul"
Lady Gaga, "Paparazzi"
Beyonce, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
Eminem, "We Made You"
Kanye West (featuring Mr. Hudson), "Paranoid"

Best cinematography
Beyonce, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
Lady Gaga, "Paparazzi"
Britney Spears, "Circus"
Green Day, "21 Guns"
Coldplay, "Viva la Vida"

Best art direction
Beyonce "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"
Lady Gaga, "Paparazzi"
Britney Spears, "Circus"
Gnarls Barkley, "Who's Gonna Save My Soul"
Coldplay, "Viva la Vida"
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