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Lady Gaga Ties Beyonce, Beats Britney With 9 MTV VMA Nominations

Aug. 6 2009, Published 12:10 p.m. ET

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Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears have been pop music stalwarts for years, so its no surprise the decade-dominating divas were amongst the leading nominees for this year's MTV Video Music Awards, up for nine and seven awards, respectively.

This year, however, they have a new diva has joined them in the ranks, with nine VMA nominations of her own: Lady Gaga.

The breakout music sensation has turned heads with her sex-charged style and sounds that have bolstered her album, The Fame, to platinum status smash hit singles such as Poker Face, Just Dance and LoveGame.

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Lady GaGa said — in her own inimitable way -- she was honored by the nominations.

We believe in the immensity and the promise of 'showbiz' and will continue to give it mouth-to-mouth, till its vomiting return,” Lady Gaga said in a statement. “All you need is a camcorder, a flashlight, and one truly GREAT idea. Thank you MTV for being our video flagship, and for supporting this bunch of inspired kids, who love to get wasted and make art, together.”


On the boys' side of things, Kanye West Eminem and Coldplay all received four nominations for their respective efforts. Other notable nominees this year include Jay-Z, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Kid Cudi, Drake and Asher Roth.

The 26th Annual VMA emanates live from New York City on Sunday, September 13; check local listings for times.



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