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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Rapper Eminem backstage during the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Eminem
Eight Video Music Award nominations aren't enough to knock the chip off Eminem's shoulder.
“Apparently, MTV doesn’t care that I have two massive stadium shows on the other side of the country the day after the VMAs,” said Eminem. “F me, right?!?!”
Eminem’s “Not Afraid” video is up for “Video of the Year” and “Best Male Video.” He is also competing against himself in the “Best Hip-Hop Video” category with “Not Afraid” and “Forever,” a collaboration he did with Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Drake. In all, Eminem got more nominations than any other male artists, yet he still feels snubbed.
“I mean, I’ll be there but don’t expect me to be nice about it,” he groused.
Lady Gaga is also going head-to-head with Eminem for the “Video of the Year” with her “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” videos. It's the first time a female artist has been nominated for two different videos in this category. She also made history with her 13 overall nominations, the most ever received by any artist in a single year.
Gaga, unlike Eminem, did not feel short-changed.
“I’m so honored for all the little monsters and self-professed freaks of the universe, to have more VMA nominations in a single year than any artist in MTV history,” she said. “Ironically, I’m even more proud it’s an unlucky number: 13.”
The show will air live from Los Angeles on September 12.