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Lady Gaga leads MTV video award nominations

Lady Gaga
Image caption Lady Gaga said she was made to create "gay" music videos

Lady Gaga has landed a record 13 nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards, ahead of rap star Eminem who captured eight nods.

The pop singer is shortlisted twice for the prestigious video of the year prize for Bad Romance and Telephone, which also featured Beyonce.

"I'm so honoured for all the little monsters and self-possessed freaks of the universe," she said.

The awards ceremony is due to take place in Los Angeles on 12 September.

Eminem will compete against Lady Gaga in the video of the year category for Not Afraid, while Florence and the Machine is also in the running for Dog Days Are Over.

British nominees

Other British acts who have made the shortlist include Coldplay, Gorillaz and Mercury-nominated folksters Mumford and Sons.

Lady Gaga's work on Telephone with Beyonce is also nominated in several categories including best collaboration, where it faces a challenge from Alicia Keys and Jay-Z's Empire State of Mind.

Other artists also in the running for video prizes include teen heart-throb Justin Bieber for best new artist and Katy Perry for her hit California Gurls.

Lady Gaga said of her nominations success: "Ironically, I'm even more proud that it's an unlucky number, 13.

"God put me on Earth for three reasons - to make loud music, gay videos and make a damn ruckus!" said the singer.

Lady Gaga picked up the best new artist award at last year's event which saw rapper Kanye West upset music fans and even President Barack Obama when he interrupted teen singer Taylor Swift during an acceptance speech for best female video to praise fellow nominee Beyonce.

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