Major Lazer and Asher Roth, two new artists for whom 2009 has been a break-out year, have both received nominations for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards!
The Ferry Gouw-directed video for Major Lazer’s “Hold the Line”, which broke away from standard music video fare by drawing inspiriation from Saturday-morning cartoons and action figure ads, received a VMA nod in the Breakthrough Artist category. Master-minded by Grammy-nominated producers Diplo and Switch, Major Lazer’s debut LP, Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do, is out now on Downtown Records.
Asher Roth’s “I Love College”, which launched the 23-year-old Pennysylvanian into the national spotlight, has received two nominations- Best Hip-Hop Video and Best New Artist. In both categories, Roth keeps good company alongside fellow nominees Jay Z, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, and Eminem. In the midst of the “Great Hangover Tour”, Asher Roth has also received Teen Choice Award nominations for Choice Breakout Artist and Choice Rap/Hip-Hop Track categories.
MTV’s Video Music Awards will air live on September 13th, 2009 at 9 PM / 8 PM Central and fans can vote on their favorite videos HERE.