Lady GaGa and Kings Of Leon are set to be the stars of the show at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards after landing five nominations apiece.
American pop dominated the list of nominees for the November (09) event, with Beyonce also securing four nods.
The Halo hitmaker will face off against Poker Face singer GaGa in the categories of best song, best live act and best female.
GaGa - who is up for best new act - will also fight for the title of best world stage performance against Coldplay, Kid Rock, Linkin Park and Kings of Leon.
Kings of Leon will also compete against GaGa and Beyonce for best song and best live act.
Meanwhile, Beyonce's Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) will go up against Briney Spears' Circus, Katy Perry's Waking Up in Vegas, Shakira's She Wolf and Eminem's We Made You in the best video category.
The rapper will also have a chance to pick up awards for best male and best urban, if he can beat out Kanye West and Jay-Z.
Other artists competing for top honours in 13 categories include Muse, Paramore, Placebo, The Killers and The Prodigy in the best alternative category, and Daniel Merriweather, La Roux, Pixie Lott and Taylor Swift for best new act.
Nominations for Best European Act will be announced on 12 October (09).
The show is set to take place in Berlin, Germany on 5 November (09) and will feature performances by Green Day, British singer Leona Lewis and German band Tokio Hotel.