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Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears Score Most VMAs Nods

August 4, 2009 12:36 PM ET

If MTV is trying to lure Britney Spears back onto the Video Music Awards stage — the site of so many of her triumphs, and one of her most visible crashes — they're not being very coy about it. Ms. Spears received seven nominations for the 2009 VMAs this morning, second only to Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, who will face off for the most Moonmen with nine nods apiece. Eminem, Coldplay and Kanye West are all up for four trophies, and Green Day — who have been confirmed as performers on the September 13th's live broadcast — nabbed two.

(Look back at Britney's most famous VMAs moments.)

In an attempt to rewrite history, MTV is also revisiting a few classic videos in a contest called Best Video (That Should Have Won a Moonman). U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" will go up against Beastie Boys' "Sabotage," David Lee Roth's "California Girls" and Radiohead's "Karma Police," among others, in that category.

(Relive last year's VMAs — featuring Britney's triumphant return — in photos.)

Beyoncé's nominations are all for her carefully choreographed (and oft-imitated) blockbuster video for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," while Lady Gaga's are split between "Poker Face" and the lengthy "Paparazzi." Spears' nods come from her first video from Circus, "Womanizer," and the clip for the title track. Kings of Leon, Drake and Asher Roth are all receiving their first-ever nods this year.

"I've been blessed this year to have 'Single Ladies' become a video people really connected with and responded to," Beyoncé said in a statement. "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." A montage of clips of amateurs (and some pros like Justin Timberlake) attempting the "Single Ladies" routine plays during Beyoncé's I Am ... Tour.

Anyone can vote for the general VMAs categories starting today at the VMAs' official Website. Voting for Best New Artist — where Lady Gaga faces off against Drake, Kid Cudi, Asher Roth and 3OH!3 — will continue during the live show on the 13th. As Rolling Stone reported earlier today, Gaga will go against Drake, Kid Cudi, 3OH!3 and Asher Roth for Best New Artist.

Video of the Year
Beyoncé - "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"
Kanye West - "Love Lockdown"
Jay-Z - "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)"
T.I. feat. Rihanna - "Live Your Life"
Ne-Yo - "Miss Independent"

Best Female Video
Katy Perry - "Hot n Cold"
Beyoncé - "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
Kelly Clarkson - "My Life Would Suck Without You"
Lady Gaga - "Poker Face"
Taylor Swift - "You Belong With Me"
Pink - "So What"

Best Hip-Hop Video
Eminem - "We Made You"
Kanye West - "Love Lockdown"
Jay-Z - "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)"
Asher Roth - "I Love College"
Flo Rida - "Right Round"

Best Pop Video
Beyoncé - "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
Lady Gaga - "Poker Face"
Britney Spears - "Womanizer"
Cobra Starship feat. Leighton Meester - "Good Girls Go Bad"
Wisin y Yandel - "Abusadora"

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

Best Choreography Beyoncé - "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
Britney Spears - "Circus"
Ciara feat. Justin Timberlake - "Love Sex Magic"
AR Rahman & Pussy Cat Dolls feat. Nicole Scherzinger - "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)"
Kristinia DeBarge - "Goodbye"

Best Direction
Beyoncé - "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
Lady Gaga - "Paparazzi"
Green Day - "21 Guns"
Cobra Starship feat. Leighton Meester - "Good Girls Go Bad"
Britney Spears - "Circus"

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

Best Special Effects Beyoncé - "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
Gnarls Barkely - "Who's Gonna Save My Soul"
Lady Gaga - "Paparazzi"
Eminem - "We Made You"
Kanye West feat. Mr Hudson - "Paranoid"

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

Best Art Direction
Beyoncé - "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
Britney Spears - "Circus"
Lady Gaga - "Paparazzi"
Gnarls Barkley - "Who's Gonna Save My Soul"
Coldplay - "Viva la Vida"

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

Best Video (That Should Have Won a Moonman)
U2 - "Where the Streets Have No Name"
Dr. Dre - "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang"
Beastie Boys - "Sabotage"
Björk - "Human Behavior"
Radiohead - "Karma Police"
George Michael - "Freedom"
Foo Fighters - "Everlong"
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Into the Great Wide open"
OK Go - "Here It Goes Again"
David Lee Roth - "California Girls"

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