Entertainment

Billy Talent, Nickelback lead music video nominees

Canadian bands Billy Talent and Nickelback lead the field of nominees for this year's rollicking MuchMusic Video Awards.

Canadian bands Billy Talent and Nickelback lead the field of nominees for this year's MuchMusic Video Awards.

The two rock bands scored five nominations each and will compete in categories such as favourite Canadian group, best rock video and best video: Billy Talent for songs like Fallen Leaves and Red Flag, Nickelback for If Everyone Cared.

Selected nominees for the 2007 MMVAs
Best video: Pressure, Belly; Fallen Leaves, Billy Talent; Paralyzer, Finger Eleven; If Everyone Cared, Nickelback; Never Too Late, Three Days Grace.
Pop video: Comin' Home, City and Colour; Talk to Me, George; Gunnin', Hedley; Sunday Morning, k-os; 2U, Keshia Chanté.
Rock video: This Could Be Anywhere in the World, Alexisonfire; Fallen Leaves, Billy Talent; Paralyzer, Finger Eleven; If Everyone Cared, Nickelback; Never Too Late, Three Days Grace.
Rap video: Pressure, Belly; Find Out, Classified; Make it Hot, JDiggz; ELEctrikHeaT - the seekwiLL, k-os; Born and Raised in the Ghetto, Point Blank.
Indie video: French Immersion, Cancer Bats; Find Out, Classified; Coast is Clear, In-Flight Safety; Count Yourself In, Ten Second Epic; Cheer It On, Tokyo Police Club.
International artist: Smack That, Akon; Beautiful Liar, Beyoncé Knowles; Candyman, Christina Aguilera; You Don't Know, Eminem; Fergalicious, Fergie; The Sweet Escape, Gwen Stefani; With Love, Hilary Duff; What Goes Around, Justin Timberlake; Money Maker, Ludacris; Umbrella, Rihanna.
International group: Miss Murder, AFI; Hate Me, Blue October; Call Me When You're Sober, Evanescence; This Ain't A Scene, It's an Arms Race, Fall Out Boy; Welcome to the Black Parade, My Chemical Romance; Wait a Minute, Pussycat Dolls; Dani California, Red Hot Chili Peppers; How to Save a Life, The Fray; When You Were Young, The Killers; The Bird & The Worm, The Used.

Close on their heels for the 18th annual music video awards gala are two hip hop artists who picked up four nominations each: perennial favourite k-os and newcomer Belly, a Palestinian-born, Ottawa-raised rapper set to release his debut full-length album.

Belly's nominations come for his single Pressure, which features a cameo from Ginuwine, while k-os is being honoured for songs like Sunday Morning and ELEctrik HeaT – the seekwiLL.

Other multiple nominees include Three Days Grace, Alexisonfire, Finger Eleven, George, Sam Roberts, Hedley, JDiggz and Nelly Furtado.

U.S. chart-toppers Eminem, Beyoncé Knowles, Gwen Stefani, Ludacris, Pussycat Dolls, Fall Out Boy and Justin Timberlake are among the international artists and bands vying for MMVAs.

Altogether, organizers will present trophies in 17 categories, with four decided by the public through online or text-message voting: favourite international group, favourite international artist, favourite Canadian group and favourite Canadian artist.

All winners will be announced on June 17 at the performance-packedMuchMusic Video Awards ceremony, which typically spills out onto the downtown Toronto intersection outside the MuchMusic headquarters and draws thousands of screaming music fans.

now