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[08/11/08 - 03:15 PM]
Madonna, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Pussycat Dolls, Taylor Swift, Tokio Hotel, Jordin Sparks, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry, Danity Kane and Miley Cyrus "2008 Video Music Awards" Nominees for "Best New Artist" and "Best Dancing in a Video"
Each Friday night at 8pm ET/PT on "FNMTV," two new categories are announced and opened for viewers to vote for their favorite artists and videos.

[via press release from MTV]

MADONNA, NE-YO, CHRIS BROWN, PUSSYCAT DOLLS, TAYLOR SWIFT, TOKIO HOTEL, JORDIN SPARKS, LIL WAYNE, KATY PERRY, DANITY KANE AND MILEY CYRUS "2008 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS" NOMINEES FOR "BEST NEW ARTIST" AND "BEST DANCING IN A VIDEO"

Jordin Sparks helps Pete Wentz announce nominees for "Best New Artist" and gushes about her own nomination.

New York, NY (August 11, 2008) �� MTV once again asked viewers to help determine nominees for the "2008 MTV Video Music Awards" and they came through with flying colors and did not disappoint. This Friday on FNMTV the videos that made the cut for "Best New Artist" and "Best Dancing in a Video" were revealed and the diverse nominees range from German rockers Tokio Hotel to legendary superstar Madonna to teen sensations Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift. As previously announced, MTV's 25th annual Video Music Awards will be hosted by comedian/actor Russell Brand and will air live and only one time in its original incarnation, on Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 9PM (Live ET/Tape Delayed PT). Lil Wayne and the Jonas Brothers have already been confirmed to perform at this year's show. Presenters and additional performers for the "2008 Video Music Awards" will be announced at a later date.

The "2008 MTV Video Awards" nominees for "Best New Artist" include Jordin Sparks and Katy Perry, who have both already received deserving nods for "Best Female Video." Also up for "Best New Artist" are German quartet Tokio Hotel, who are already vying for a "Best Pop Video" award, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus. Artists up for "Best Dance in a Video" are the multi-talented Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Danity Kane, Pussycat Dolls and a woman who has received several VMA nominations in the past, Madonna, who received a nod for her "4 Minutes" video, featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland.

Each Friday night at 8pm ET/PT on "FNMTV," two new categories are announced and opened for viewers to vote for their favorite artists and videos at vma.mtv.com or from their Verizon Wireless mobile phone by texting the name of the artist to 23882. Categories currently open for viewers voting are "Best Rock Video" and the always highly anticipated "Video of the Year."

AND THE NOMINEES ARE�

BEST DANCING IN A VIDEO

NE-YO "Closer" The Year of the Gentleman Def Jam Director: Ms Melina

Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland "4 Minutes" Hard Candy Warner Brothers Records Director: Jonas & Francois

Chris Brown "Forever" Exclusive The Forever Edition Jive/Zomba Label Group Director: Joseph Kahn

Pussycat Dolls "When I Grow Up" Doll Domination Interscope Records Director: Joseph Kahn

Danity Kane "Damaged" Welcome To The Dollhouse Bad Boy Records Director: Syndrome

BEST NEW ARTIST

Jordin Sparks with Chris Brown "No Air" Jordin Sparks 19/Jive/Zomba Label Group Director: Chris Robinson

Katy Perry "I Kissed A Girl" One Of The Boys Capitol Director: Kinga Burza

Taylor Swift "Teardrops On My Guitar" Taylor Swift Big Machine Records Director: Trey Fanjoy

Tokio Hotel "Ready, Set, Go!" Scream Cherrytree/Interscope Records Director: Warwick/Haering

Miley Cyrus "7 Things" Breakout Hollywood Records Director: Brett Ratner

Official sponsors of "2008 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS" are GM, Pepsi, TAG Body Spray, Taco Bell, Rhapsody and Verizon Wireless.

This year, one lucky viewer will get the chance of a lifetime trip by joining "Do Good. Go to the VMAs." Think.MTV.com, MTV's online community for youth activism, is hooking up one young activist and shipping them off to Los Angeles to attend the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards alongside the biggest stars in the industry. From July 24th through August 22nd, all Think.MTV.com members who join the "Do Good. Go to the VMAs" group, at http://think.mtv.com/Groups/DoGoodGoToTheVMAs/, can enter to win two tickets to the VMAS on September 7, 2008 along with travel and hotel accommodations when MTV takes over Los Angeles for this year's show.

Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer, for the "2008 MTV Video Music Awards." Dave Sirulnick is Executive Producer. Chris Choun/Ish Entertainment is Co-Executive Producer. Jane Mun is Producer. Amy Doyle, Joanna Bomberg and Robin Katz are Music Talent Executives. Robin Reinhardt-Locke is Celebrity Talent Executive. Garrett English is Executive in Charge of Production.

Telescope is the Official Business Advisor of the "2008 MTV Video Music Awards" Nominee Voting period.

About Telescope Inc.

Telescope is a participation media and mobile marketing pioneer. The company provides mobile, phone, and internet interactivity services. This includes mass-scale participation television with the world's largest phone voting solution; and mobile marketing and content programs, such as user-generated content, social networking; and CRM for media and advertiser clients. Telescope is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with offices in New York and London. Visit us at http://www.telescope.tv.

About MTV

MTV is the dynamic, vibrant experiment at the intersection of music, creativity and youth culture. For over 26 years, MTV has evolved, challenged the norm, and detonated boundaries�giving each new generation a creative outlet and voice that entertains, informs and unites on every platform and screen. On-air, MTV has been the number one rated 24 hour ad-supported cable network P12-24 for 16 straight years. Online, MTV.com scored double-digit growth in 2007 and MTV launched ten dynamic online communities and six new virtual worlds. On the go, MTV Mobile is the #1 music brand in the wireless space � delivering 90% more streams than in 2006. And MTV's successful sibling networks MTV2, mtvU and MTV Tr3s each deliver unprecedented customized content, super-serving music fans, college students and young American Latinos like no one else. MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.





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