Spears, Coldplay, Duffy vie for MTV Europe awards

Wed Nov 5, 2008 10:37am EST
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool hosts the MTV Europe Music Awards Thursday, and U.S. stars Beyonce and Kanye West will perform alongside British stalwarts Take That and Duffy.

MTV invites fans to decide all but one of the categories -- Video Star -- and in 2007 nearly 80 million votes were cast ahead of the event, one of pop's biggest nights outside the United States.

Although based in Europe, the awards tend to be dominated by big names in American music, and this year Beyonce and West are expected to be joined on stage by compatriots The Killers, Kid Rock and Pink.

U.S. singer Katy Perry hosts the awards, and celebrity gossip columnist Perez Hilton will be causing mischief on the red carpet and backstage.

Three of the four most nominated acts are from Europe, however -- Britain's Coldplay, Leona Lewis and Duffy are each nominated for three awards alongside American Britney Spears.

And former Beatle Paul McCartney will be presented with a one-off Ultimate Legend honor in his home city, although he is not expected to perform at the 15th edition of the awards.

Spears, 26, is seeking to get her troubled personal life back on track and plans to set the record straight about a public meltdown in a 90-minute documentary due to be aired on MTV on November 30.

Spears has been nominated in the Act of 2008, Best Act Ever and Album of the Year categories. Her new record "Circus" is set for release on December 2.   Continued...

<p>Britney Spears opens the show at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles September 7, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>