Pop's golden boy Justin Timberlake is leading the pack for this year's MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS - with five nominations.

The ceremony - to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland on 6 November (03) - will be hosted by Justin's friend Christina Aguilera, who runs a close second with four nominations, along with rockers THE White Stripes.

British talent Robbie Williams is up for three prizes, as well as DESTINY'S CHILD singer and solo artist Beyonce Knowles, goth-rockers Evanescence, rapper 50 CENT and dancehall star Sean Paul.

The nominations are as follows:

Best Group:

Coldplay

EVANESCENCE

Metallica

Radiohead

THE WHITE STRIPES

Best Song:

BEYONCE FEAT. Jay-Z, 'Crazy In Love'

CHRISTINA AGUILERA, 'BEAUTIFUL'

EVANESCENCE, 'BRING ME TO LIFE'

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, 'CRY ME A RIVER'

SEAN PAUL, 'GET BUSY'

Best Female:

BEYONCE

CHRISTINA

AGUILERA KYLIE

MINOGUE

Madonna

Pink

Best Male:

Craig David

Eminem

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

ROBBIE WILLIAMS

SEAN PAUL

Best Hip Hop:

50 CENT

EMINEM

JAY-Z

Missy Elliott

Nelly

Best New Act:

50 CENT

EVANESCENCE

Good Charlotte

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

SEAN PAUL

Best R+B:

Ashanti

BEYONCE

CRAIG DAVID

Jennifer Lopez

Mary J Blige

Best Album:

50 CENT,'GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN''

CHRISTINA AGUILERA, 'STRIPPED'

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, 'JUSTIFIED'

ROBBIE WILLIAMS, 'ESCAPOLOGY'

THE WHITE STRIPES, 'Elephant'

Best Dance:

Junior Senior

Moby

Panjabi MC

Paul Oakenfold

THE Chemical Brothers

Best Rock:

GOOD CHARLOTTE

Linkin Park

METALLICA

Red Hot Chili Peppers

THE WHITE STRIPES

Best Pop:

CHRISTINA AGUILERA

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

Kylie Minogue

PINK

ROBBIE WILLIAMS

Best Video:

MISSY ELLIOTT, 'WORK IT'

Queens Of The Stone Age, 'GO WITH THE FLOW'

SIGUR RóS, 'UNTITLED 1'

THE WHITE STRIPES, 'SEVEN NATION ARMY'

Unkle, 'AN EYE FOR AN EYE'

The Web Award:

WWW.Goldfrapp.CO.UK

WWW.JUNIORSENIOR.COM

WWW.MADONNA.COM

WWW.MARILYNMANSON.COM

WWW.QOTSA.COM .

29/09/2003 21:04