'N Sync, Eminem Top MTV Nominations

Tuesday, July 25th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) — D'Angelo's steamy single-camera clip for ``Untitled (How Does it Feel)'' will compete with chart-toppers Eminem and 'N Sync for best music video at the MTV Video Awards.

Eminem and 'N Sync both earned six nominations apiece for MTV honors on Tuesday, with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Sisqo and Christina Aguilera winning five nods each.

Marlon and Shawn Wayans, hot from their production of ``Scary Movie,'' will be hosts of the awards, broadcast live from New York's Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 7. 'N Sync and Rage Against the Machine are among the scheduled performers.

Video artistry has long taken a back seat to outrageous behavior at the annual awards show, especially as MTV plays fewer videos and younger artists concern themselves more with dance steps and wardrobes than compelling clips.

The prominent exception this year was D'Angelo, whose video of his naked torso cemented his reputation as a sex symbol.

``He did have nice abs, man,'' an admiring Damon Wayans said.

Other nominees for the year's best video include Eminem's ``The Real Slim Shady,'' 'N Sync's ``Bye Bye Bye,'' Blink 182's ``All the Small Things'' and Red Hot Chili Pepper's ``Californication.''

Aguilera, who won the Grammy Award for best new artist in February, will compete for the designation of best new artist in video with Papa Roach, Macy Gray, Pink and Sisqo.

D'Angelo and Eminem were nominated for best male video, along with Kid Rock's ``Cowboy,'' Moby's ``Natural Blues'' and Ricky Martin's ``Shake Your Bon Bon.''

Best female video nominees include Aaliyah's ``Try Again,'' Britney Spears' ``Oops!...I Did it Again,'' Aguilera's ``What a Girl Wants,'' Gray's ``I Try'' and Toni Braxton's ``He Wasn't Man Enough.''