The rapper has six nods for his "99 Problems"; Beyoncé, No Doubt and OutKast have five

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated July 27, 2004 02:50 PM

Six is the lucky number for rap star Jay-Z, who leads this year’s race for the MTV Video Music Awards with “99 Problems,” his gritty black-and-white video which ends with him being gunned down.

Girlfriend Beyoncé also scored big, joining fellow artists No Doubt, OutKast and Usher in nabbing five nominations apiece, the music network announced Tuesday.

Beyoncé received four nominations for “Naughty Girl” and one for “Me, Myself and I.” No Doubt is up for “It’s My Life,” while OutKast’s nods were for their unavoidable hit “Hey Ya!” Usher picked up four nominations for “Yeah!” (his track with Lil’ Jon and Ludacris) and one for “Burn.”

Usher’s “Yeah!” will also face Jay’s “99 Problems” and OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” for Video of the Year, along with D12’s “My Band” and Britney Spears’s “Toxic.”

Spears picked up four nominations Tuesday, as did Kanye West, Steriogram, the White Stripes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, D12, Jet and Modest Mouse each scored three.

Those with more than one nomination are Christina Aguilera, Franz Ferdinand, Hoobastank, Jessica Simpson, Maroon 5, Missy Elliott, the Darkness and Yellowcard.

The 2004 MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from Miami on Aug. 29, the first time in the ceremony’s 20-year history that it will take place outside of New York or Los Angeles.

As a nod to the new setting, one of the event’s executive producers, Dave Sirulnick, tells Reuters that rather than arriving in stretch limos, stars will arrive on the red carpet in boats.

Performers set to appear on the show include Usher, Kanye West, Jessica Simpson, Hoobastank, Yellowcard and Jet.