Pharrell Williams and Britney Spears
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08/28/2008 at 02:50 PM EDT
It's still a week early for the MTV Video Music Awards. But Britney Spears
, who is up for three awards
– including top honors – has a supporter in the form of hip-hop heavyweight Pharrell Williams.
"She's made her mark with her career," Williams told PEOPLE at Wednesday's Pepsi 500 Running Wide Open party in Hollywood, which he co-hosted. "She's super-talented. She's an entertainer."
Williams, 35, collaborated with Spears on her hits "I'm a Slave 4 U" and "Boys."
"It was cool, it was fun," said Williams, who is currently working on new music with Common and Fall Out Boy.
Besides video of the year, Spears's nominations include best pop video and best female video. She has never won a MTV Video Music Award, despite 16 nominations in her career.
While Williams is rooting for Spears, her musical success does not hinge on success at the awards show, he says.
"I'm not sure [if she will win]," Williams said. "I don't even know if it really matters whether she wins or not."
Spears's live MTV VMA performance of "Gimme More" last year was a notorious disaster
. This year, Spears has appeared in taped VMA commercial segments with host Russell Brand, but is not scheduled to perform.
She competes with the Jonas Brothers
, Chris Brown
, the Pussycat Dolls and the Ting Tings, for video of the year.
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