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Peter Gabriel dominates MTV 1987 music video awards

By JOHN SWENSON, UPI Pop Writer

NEW YORK -- British rocker Peter Gabriel atoned for his disappointing shutout at this year's Grammy awards by dominating the nominations for the 1987 MTV Music Video Awards.

Gabriel and his videos for 'Sledgehammer' and 'Big Time' led the field with 12 nominations, it was announced Wednesday.

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The show, scheduled for broadcast on Sept. 11 from Los Angeles, will feature live performances by Run-DMC, the Cars, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Whitney Houston, the Bangles, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Adams, Whitesnake and others, in addition to the awards presentation.

The cleverly animated 'Sledgehammer' was nominated nine times, including a selection as one of five for the prestigious best video of the year award. 'Big Time' received three nominations.

The other contenders for the best video prize are 'Land of Confusion' from Genesis, Paul Simon's 'Boy in the Bubble,' Steve Winwood's 'Higher Love' and 'With or Without You' by U2.

Gabriel, Simon and Winwood are also finalists for the best male video award along with David Bowie ('Day In, Day Out') and Robert Palmer ('I Didn't Mean to Turn You On').

Madonna's 'Papa Don't Preach' and 'Open Your Heart' were both nominated for best female video, along with Kate Bush ('Big Sky'), Janet Jackson ('Nasty') and Cyndi Lauper ('True Colors').

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Bon Jovi ('You Give Love a Bad Name,' 'Livin' On a Prayer') and Bruce Springsteen ('War,' 'Born to Run') dominated the best stage performance in a video category with two nominations each.

Finalists for the hotly contested best new artist in a video award are The Robert Cray Band ('Smoking Gun'), Crowded House ('Don't Dream It's Over'), Georgia Satellites ('Keep Your Hands to Yourself'), Bruce Hornsby and the Range ('The Way It Is') and Timbuk 3 ('The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades').

The awards are voted on by the National Video Academy, made up of a minimum of 1,500 representatives of the music and video industry selected on a yearly basis by the members of the MTV-appointed Video Awards Executive Committee.

The Academy voted on 644 videos acquired and exhibited for the first time on MTV between May 2, 1986, and May 1, 1987.

MTV will present nine general awards, seven professional awards, a Hall of Fame award and the viewer's choice award. The latter will be voted on via newspaper write-in ballots as well as an 800 telephone number MTV viewers can use to vote for two weeks at the end of August and the beginning of September.

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