David Knight - 18th Aug 2008

The shortlists for the MTV Video Music Awards 2008 have been announced, with a smattering of British interest beyond show host Russell Brand, including a Best UK Video prize.

The Ting Tings' Shut Up And Let Me Go, directed by Alex and Liane out of Factory Films, is nominated for the Video Of The Year award, the biggest award of the night, as well as the Best UK Video award.

Sam Brown's US breakthrough for Foo Fighters' The Pretender out of Flynn is nominated for Best Rock Video, while Kinga Burza's mightily successful video for Katy Perry's I Kissed A Girl through Partizan is double-nominated in the Best Female Artist and Best New Artist categories.

Videos by Chris Brown, Jonas Brothers, Britney and Pussycat Dolls also loom large among the major awards. Much more information here.

The nominations for the Best UK Video are Duffy's Warwick Avenue, directed by Daniel Wolfe, Coldplay's Violet Hill directed by Asa Mader, Estelle's American Boy directed by Syndrome, Leona Lewis's Bleeding Love by Melina, and Ting Tings Shut Up And Let Me Go by Alex and Liane.

The UK Video award is open to a public vote which closes on August 22nd. The VMAs take place in LA on September 7th.

David Knight - 18th Aug 2008

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