British acid-jazz group Jamiroquai reaped the most nominations for the annual MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday, gathering 10 nominations for its video "Virtual Insanity."
Experimental pop group Beck, hard-rocking Nine Inch Nails and the alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins also collected multiple nominations.
The nominations were announced at MTV's studio headquarters in New York. The 14th annual awards show will be broadcast Sept. 4 from the landmark Radio City Music Hall.
"Virtual Insanity" was nominated for best video, along with Beck's "The New Pollution," Alaskan vocalist Jewel's "You Were Meant for Me," Nine Inch Nails' "The Perfect Drug" and "Don't Speak" by No Doubt, a California-based band led by singer Gwen Stefani.
Nominated for best new artist were "Sleep to Dream" by teen-aged New Yorker Fiona Apple; "Bitch" by pop rocker Meredith Brooks; "Virtual Insanity;" "One Headlight" by The Wallflowers; and "MMMBop" by Hanson, a group of young brothers from Oklahoma whose drummer is only 11 years old.
Nominees for best male video were "Everytime I Close My Eyes" by Babyface, featuring Kenny G and Mariah Carey; "Devils Haircut" by Beck; "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly; and "Men in Black" from the movie soundtrack by actor Will Smith.
Nominees for best female video were "On & On" by jazzy balladeer Erykah Badu; "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks; "Un-Break My Heart" by R&B diva Toni Braxton; "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" by Paula Cole; and Jewel's "You were Meant for Me."
Nominees for Best Dance Video were the hard-driving "Block Rockin' Beats" by The Chemical Brothers; "Da Dip" by Freak Nasty; "Breathe" by Prodigy and the catchy "Wannabe" by Britain's Spice Girls.