Thanks to thousands of fans' votes, her video for "Piece of Me" will also vie for Best Female and Best Pop Video honors - giving her 16 nominations over her career.
Such kudos were unimaginable a year ago, when Spears' attempt at a comeback during the awards show backfired miserably.
Her sloppy, lip-synched performance of "Gimme More" was universally panned and ushered in a year of lousy luck for the pop icon, including a failed child custody battle and a stint in rehab.
"Britney Spears made last year's MTV Video Music Awards a memorable one with her performance of 'Gimme More' - albeit in ways she may not have intended," MTV wrote on its Web site yesterday. "But on Sept. 7, Spears will get a chance at VMA glory."
It's unclear whether the pop princess will make an encore performance at the 25th annual show, giving her a chance at redemption.
Spears is also showing that she has a sense of humor about her infamous performance.
In promos for the show, a trim and dolledup Spears mindlessly banters with host Russell Brand as a 9,000-pound pachyderm walks behind them - signaling that last year's lousy act is the elephant in the room.
Spears is always a ratings juggernaut on the program. She seems determined to raise eyebrows whenever she appears on the show - including in 2003, when she and Christina Aguilera exchanged kisses with Madonna while performing "Like a Virgin."http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2008/08/15/2008-08-15_britney_spears_up_for_three_mtv_video_mu.html