The very first MTV Australia Video Music Awards are set to be held in Australia – and hosted by none other than Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne – early next year. On March 3, 2005, industry insiders and fans will have their sights set on Sydney’s Luna Park, where the cream of the crop of local and overseas music videos will be honoured.
There’s thirteen categories (including the Pepsi Viewers’ Choice Award, chosen by MTV viewers, and the VH1 Music First Award, which recognises music legends), and the nominations for each were compiled by a panel of music industry leaders – journalists, musos, company bigwigs – from MTV Australia’s playlist. Voting - via the web, SMS or through Foxtel Digital – began on November 29, and will conclude on February 14.
The awards ceremony will feature a number of local and international acts playing live, including Green Day and Simple Plan.
The categories and nominations are as follows:
Best Male Artist: Eminem, Robbie Williams, Shannon Noll and Usher.
Best Female Artist: Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Missy Higgins and Delta Goodrem.
Breakthrough Artist: Maroon5, Missy Higgins, Franz Ferdinand and Thirsty Merc.
Best Group: Outkast, Green Day, Jet and Powderfinger.
Best Dance Video: Toxic (Britney Spears), Slashdotdash (Fatboy Slim), Push Up (Freestylers) and Yeah (Usher).
Best Pop Video: Pieces Of Me (Ashlee Simpson), Out Of The Blue (Delta Goodrem), Out With My Baby (Guy Sebastian) and What You Waiting For (Gwen Stefani).
Best Rock Video: American Idiot (Green Day), Cold Hard Bitch (Jet), Black Betty (Spiderbait) and Vertigo (U2).
Best R&B Video: Naughty Girl (Beyonce), Hey Mama (Black Eyed Peas), Luv Ya (J-Wess) and Roses (Outkast).
Sexiest Video: Naughty Girl (Beyonce), Hey Mama (Black Eyed Peas), Toxic (Britney Spears) and Radio (Robbie Williams).
Best Dressed Video: Out Of The Blue (Delta Goodrem), What You Waiting For (Gwen Stefani), Chocolate (Kylie Minogue) and Roses (Outkast).
MTV AVMA Video Of The Year 2005: Somewhere Down The Barrel (The Dissociatives), Just Lose It (Eminem), What You Waiting For (Gwen Stefani) and Roses (Outkast).