Missy Elliott worked her way to a leading eight nominations for this year’s MTV VMA’s. The rapper’s video for “Work It,” a surreal, Daliesque mixture of flies, gray skies and twisted trees, is up for video of the year, best female video and best hip-hop video, the cable music channel announced Thursday. In technical categories, it was nominated for best direction, special effects, art direction, editing and cinematography. Also up for video of the year are 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” Both rappers received five nominations.
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