Coldplay and Duffy lead MTV Europe nominations

Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:07pm EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - English band Coldplay and Welsh soul singer Duffy lead the MTV Europe Music Awards nominations with three apiece, followed by U.S. pop star Britney Spears, shortlisted in the best album and best act categories.

Coldplay, who topped the charts with their album "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," have been named in the Album of the Year, Act of 2008 and Most Addictive Track categories for their single "Viva La Vida."

Duffy is also in contention for best album ("Rockferry") and addictive track ("Mercy") as well as Best New Act.

Several artists garnered two nominations apiece as seven of the 11 categories were announced on Monday, ahead of the November 6 awards show in Liverpool where Beyonce will headline.

Alicia Keys appears in the best album and Ultimate Urban categories, and Leona Lewis is vying for best album and Act of 2008.

Linkin' Park and Metallica both appear in the Headliner and Rock Out categories, while troubled singer Amy Winehouse was nominated for the Act of 2008 award.

Between September 29 and November 2, MTV viewers will be able to vote for the winners of each category at www.mtvema.com.

In 2007, more than 30 million people watched the MTV Europe Music Awards, according to the music channel, and there were three million visitors to dedicated MTV Europe Music Awards websites, up 35 percent on 2006.

Following is the full list of nominations:   Continued...

 
<p>Chris Martin of British band Coldplay performs during a concert, part of the "Viva la vida" tour, in Barcelona June 17, 2008. REUTERS/Albert Gea</p>