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Chili Peppers spice up MTV nods

From the Associated Press

The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Shakira are front and center at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

The rock band and the pop superstar got seven nominations each for the videos “Dani California” and “Hips Don’t Lie,” respectively, MTV announced Monday. Both will compete for video of the year along with Christina Aguilera (“Ain’t No Other Man”), Madonna (“Hung Up”) and Panic! at the Disco (“I Write Sins Not Tragedies”).

Madonna, Shakira and Aguilera are also nominated for best female video, along with Kelly Clarkson (“Because of You”) and Nelly Furtado (“Promiscuous”).

Nick Lachey’s “What’s Left of Me” will vie for best male video with James Blunt (“You’re Beautiful”), Kanye West (“Gold Digger”), T.I. (“What You Know”) and Busta Rhymes (for his remix of “Touch It,” featuring Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott). The 2006 MTV Video Music Awards will air on Aug. 31 from New York.

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