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Super Bowl Week To Commence With Public Concert Event and Fireworks Display on Monday, January 27

Super Bowl Week To Commence With Public Concert Event and Fireworks Display on Monday, January 27

A Star Studded Event!

A Star Studded Event!

Area football fans and visitors to New York and New Jersey will have a unique opportunity to welcome Super Bowl XLVIII to the region, as the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee in partnership with Macy’s will produce the “Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular,” a free, ticketed event featuring performances by Daughtry and Goo Goo Dolls, with additional acts to be announced, and a first-class Macy’s Fireworks show. The kickoff event, the first to ever be associated with a Super Bowl, will take place on Monday, January 27, along the Hudson River at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, and serve as the official launch to the weeklong events.

Hosted by Fox Sports‘ Joe Buck and Erin Andrews, with reporting by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, portions of the “Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular Starring Macy’s Fireworks” will air nationally on Monday, January 27 from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST, on FOX Sports 1 (check local listings). During the show, Sparks will report from Macy’s Herald Square and contribute with Super Bowl food and fashion segments. The live concert event at Liberty State Park will begin at 7:30 PM.

“Super Bowl XLVIII is no stranger to historic ‘firsts’ and the ‘Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular’ will be a special part of the groundbreaking theme so closely associated with this game,” said Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson, Co-Chairman of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. “The Super Bowl experience in New Jersey and New York promises to be unlike any other, and this event will serve as an exciting, welcoming start to the week.”

“As momentum builds for Super Bowl XLVIII, and all eyes turn to New York and New Jersey, the ‘Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular’ will serve as a rally for the incredible residents of and visitors to the region,” said Jonathan Tisch, Co-Chairman of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. “We are excited to hold this event for our region’s fans, allowing them to be a part of the celebratory fanfare that will drive momentum for the continuation of the week as we welcome the world to New Jersey and New York.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee to produce this incredible spectacle that will officially launch Super Bowl week for the very first time in our own backyard,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Macy’s own signature fireworks display will cap off an exciting show featuring fantastic musical performances. The Kickoff Spectacular promises to be an extraordinary start to the weeklong party, culminating with Super Bowl XLVIII.”

“Macy’s is no strangero momentous occasions and holidays, often marking special events both regionally and nationally with unparalleled fanfare, and we are pleased to have the company’s signature spectacular part of our Super Bowl kickoff,” said Alfred F. Kelly, Jr., President and CEO of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. “Together with Macy’s, we are pleased to present this special event, and officially begin an unforgettable week of experiences for all the residents and fans of New York and New Jersey who have supported us throughout this historic journey to 2014.”

Ending the evening with a big bang, the world-famous Macy’s Fireworks will set the sky ablaze with an unparalleled display of pyrotechnic firepower. Expertly choreographed to an energetic soundtrack featuring songs from top music stars including Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Bruno Mars, Lady GaGa and more; the 13-minute spectacle will be fired from two barges on the Hudson River flanking the Statue of Liberty. The fireworks display will feature Macy’s signature high-flying multi-level explosions reaching heights of 1,000-feet, making the spectacle visible to spectators in the surrounding area.

Limited quantities of free general admission tickets are available to the public beginning today via www.SBKickoffSpectacular.com. Tickets are required in order to access the space and prime viewing of Macy’s Fireworks at Liberty State Park.

Additionally, a VIP opportunity is available for fans wishing to enjoy a pre-concert experience. The “Host Committee NJ Warming Lodge” at Maritime Parc Restaurant will offer a pre-concert experience including comfort food, soft drinks and hot beverages. The VIP ticket available for $40 includes a reserved viewing location for the concert and Macy’s Fireworks.

For fans traveling by car, free limited parking will be available (an advance parking pass is required and available on the website). Event organizers suggest public transportation and request that spectators refrain from bringing large bags, backpacks, strollers, liquids, or coolers. All bags are subject to search

Multi-platinum recording artist Daughtry has scored four No. 1 hits, garnered four Grammy nominations, won four American Music Awards, sold over 7.5 million albums, 17 million singles worldwide and sold out concerts around the world. Daughtry’s self-titled debut was the fastest selling rock debut in Soundscan history and its follow up Leave This Town marked the quintet’s second consecutive No. 1 album and Daughtry’s third album Break The Spell was certified gold in four weeks of its release. Daughtry’s new album Baptized was released on November 19 and its lead single “Waiting For Superman” a bona fide hit continues to race up the Hot AC and Pop radio charts. The band is gearing up for a world tour starting in March with show all over Europe and United Kingdom then the United States beginning in late spring. In addition to recording and touring the globe, Daughtry is also dedicated to using its position to raise awareness about a number of charitable causes including an ambassadorship with DC Comics We Can Be Heroes campaign.

Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls recently released their 10th studio album, Magnetic. The album debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, and their new single, “Come To Me,” is climbing the radio charts and is currently in the Top 20. Goo Goo Dolls have sold over 10 million albums worldwide, with 14 Top 10 Radio hits – more than any other artist in the history of the Hot AC format. They are the only artist to have three songs on Billboard’s “Top 100 Songs from 1992-2012” including the Number One slot for “Iris.” John Rzeznik has been honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award and they have been inducted into Guitar Center’s Historic Hollywood Rock Walk. The band has relentlessly toured since the album’s release, and will continue to do so in 2014.

Conceived and produced by the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, the event will be produced in conjunction with Macy’s Parade & Entertainment Group by IMG Productions, Steve Mayer, Executive Producer.

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Lena Fayre’s Highly Anticipated Self-Titled EP Hits Stores Nationwide Today!

Lena Fayre’s Highly Anticipated Self-Titled EP Hits Stores Nationwide Today!

Available Now!

Available Now!

Lena Fayre’s EP is hitting stores worldwide on June 10 and consists of five original tracks, including her previously released debut single, “Belong to You.” Fayre’s EP serves as an introduction to this natural wonder of the music world, but it will clearly be remembered as much, much more. It is an arresting display of greatness that no tuned ear can deny, and heralds the arrival of an artist destined to turn the water of pop music into wine.

“Belong to You,” is a beautifully written ballad of passion, pain, and triumphant defiance. The EP’s other four tracks also showcase incredible writing skills. Fayre herself has a hand in all five songs, and longtime Fayre collaborator, the gifted writer, producer and pianist, Kosta Lois is credited on four of them: “Jukebox Love,” “Love Burning Alive,” “Fate,” and “Belong To You.”

“Jukebox Love,” co-written by Jaden Michaels, is a rolling, amorous pop-rock song. “Love Burning Alive,” co-written by Jenn Decilveo, utilizes electronic instrumentation to deliver a cutting-edge, heavy-hitting dance number. “Fate,” is one of the EP’s most aggressive tracks in its shadowy use of the minor scale, that pumps to a pounding back beat.

The fifth track,“Silver,” is also a striking standout. Co-written by world renowned producer, instrumentalist and songwriter, Brian Howes (of the band Closure and founder of Van Howes Studios) and the multi-talented Jason “JVP” Van Poederooyen (engineer, programmer and co-founder of Van Howes Studios), “Silver” is a juggernaut of unstoppable groove and infectiousness.

Although she is just 16, Fayre’s image projects maturity, intelligence, and poise. She dresses like a lady, walks like a woman, and speaks straight from her heart and mind whenever she sings a lyric.

There are elements of Madonna in her orchestration and delivery, true, qualities of Alicia Keys in her singing, yes, but in the end one must grant that this dazzlingly elegant, yet unpretentious style is her own. To hear such freshness and beauty in pop music is more than inspiring. It communicates goodness. It heals.

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MTV To Premiere ‘Lil Wayne Unplugged’ On June 12th!

MTV To Premiere ‘Lil Wayne Unplugged’ On June 12th!

Lil Wayne

MTV2 today announced that it is set to welcome hip-hop’s hottest MC to the legendary “Unplugged” stage with MTV2 Presents: Lil Wayne Unplugged.  As the world awaits his highly-anticipated ninth studio album, Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne is the latest artist to perform on this Grammy® and Emmy® award winning Unplugged music series.  Featuring stripped down versions of his classics and more, MTV2 Presents: Lil Wayne Unplugged will premiere on Sunday, June 12th across MTV2, MTV and MTV.com at 9 PM ET / PT.

“Lil Wayne is an amazing choice for Unplugged as he is at hip-hop’s forefront – leading a new generation of artists whose appeal spans across music genres and playlists,” stated Amy Doyle, EVP, Music and Talent, MTV. “Lil Wayne’s skills, influence, and catalog are a powerful addition to the legacy of artists who have rocked the Unplugged stage.”

With well over ten million in sales, unquestionable street credibility, critical acclaim, industry accolades, eight Grammy nominations, and four Grammy wins for his multi-platinum selling album Tha Carter III, Cash Money/Universal Motown recording artist Lil Wayne has firmly laid to rest all doubt that he is anything less than the best. Now, with his upcoming 9th studio album release, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV is one of the most anticipated albums of 2011.

MTV’s Unplugged concert series first debuted in 1989 showcasing popular musical artists playing acoustically in an intimate setting. The acclaimed series is credited with starting an “acoustic revolution” among musicians, bringing acoustic instruments and arrangements back into the musical mainstream. Unplugged has received critical acclaim, spotlighting artists including Eric Clapton, who won six Grammys including Album of the Year for his performance, Nirvana who won Best Alternative Album Grammy for their Unplugged appearance, and Tony Bennett whose performance earned him Album of the Year honors. Other past Unplugged performers have included Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Mariah Carey, Oasis, Sting, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys, R.E.M., LL Cool J, Aerosmith, Jay-Z and more. Most recently, Unplugged has evolved to showcase the work of today’s top artists and the stars of tomorrow such as Adele, Lykke Li, B.o.B., Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Adam Lambert, Katy Perry and more across MTV Music Group’s multiple digital platforms: Unplugged.MTV.com, Unplugged.CMT.com and Unplugged.VH1.com.

MTV2 Presents: Lil Wayne Unplugged is a production of Den of Thieves with Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager serving as Executive Producers. Garrett English, Amy Doyle and Joanna Bomberg serve as Executive Producers for MTV. Elena Diaz serves as Executive in Charge of Music Talent for MTV. The series was created by Robert Small and Jim Burns.

 

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Jay-Z To Release ‘The Greatest Hits Collection, Volume One’ On November 22nd

Jay-Z To Release ‘The Greatest Hits Collection, Volume One’ On November 22nd

Encompassing more than a dozen years of hit singles and signature album tracks, JAY-Z: THE HITS COLLECTION, VOLUME ONE, the first compilation of its kind ever issued in the U.S. on the 10-time Grammy Award-winning hip-hop megastar, will arrive in stores November 22nd on Roc Nation/Def Jam Recordings, a division of Island Def Jam Music Group.

HITS COLLECTION, VOLUME ONE will be available in three separate packages:
The Standard Edition, with the essential 14 tracks and a 12-page booklet in a digipak;
The Deluxe Edition slim-line jewel-box, with the essential 14 track CD plus a second disc of five impossible-to-find rarities, and an expanded 36-page booklet, with a debossed white linen cover;

The special Collector’s Edition Box Set, with both CDs, along with a limited edition large format 100-page hard-cover cloth-bound coffee table book, featuring never before seen intimate photography documenting JAY-Z’s career, all housed in a beautiful debossed white linen presentation box.

The essential 14 tracks on HITS COLLECTION, VOLUME ONE, each cut personally chosen by JAY-Z, are as follows:

“Public Service Announcement” (Interlude)
“Run This Town” featuring Rihanna & Kanye West (from The Blueprint 3, 2009)
“’03 Bonnie & Clyde” featuring Beyonce Knowles (from The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse, 2002)
“Encore” (from The Black Album, 2003)
“I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)” (from The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, 2000)
“Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” (from The Blueprint, 2001)
“D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” (from The Blueprint 3, 2009)
“99 Problems” (from The Black Album, 2003)
“Empire State Of Mind” featuring Alicia Keys (from The Blueprint 3, 2009)
“Dirt Off Your Shoulder” (from The Black Album, 2003)
“Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” (from Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life, 1998)
“Show Me What You Got” (from Kingdom Come, 2006)
“Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)…” (from American Gangster, 2007)
“Big Pimpin'” (from Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter, 1999)

The five rarities contained on the HITS COLLECTION, VOLUME ONE Deluxe Edition second CD and Collector’s Edition Box Set second CD comprise “Young Gifted and Black,” “Pump It Up (Freestyle),” “My President Is Black (Remix),” “Go Hard Remix” by JAY-Z, Kanye West & T-Pain, and “This Life Forever” (from the Black Gangster movie soundtrack, 1999).
JAY-Z’s career began in 1996 with the classic “Reasonable Doubt.” In 1997, he joined forces with Def Jam Recordings and began an unprecedented era of success propelling him to the position of trendsetter, entrepreneur and innovator that he is today. In 2009, JAY-Z released “The Blueprint 3” on Roc Nation and surpassed Elvis for the most # 1 albums for a solo artist. JAY-Z has effectively cemented his place in not only hip-hop, but as a spokesperson for innovation and originality; emphasizing the importance of expanding the boundaries of the culture.

JAY-Z has transcended being pigeon holed; opening doors for artists of every genre, introducing his music to venues and audiences never before thought to be traditional hip-hop outlets. His career has sparked conversation and debate on topics ranging from hip-hop purity to various socio-political issues. With the release of HITS COLLECTION, VOLUME ONE, JAY-Z celebrates what he has already accomplished, while looking forward to the “first time ever” moments he has yet to create.

For more information go to www.jayzhitscollection.com.

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2010 MTV Music Video Award Winners Announced!

2010 MTV Music Video Award Winners Announced!

Lady Gaga, outdoing even herself with her adventurous couture, dominated the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, adding eight to her collection of Moonmen with awards including “Video Of The Year,” “Best Dance Video,” “Best Pop Video” and “Best Female Video.”  Eminem, who opened this year’s Awards with a triumphant performance, walked away with two statues for “Best Male Video” and “Best Hip Hop Video.”  VMA newcomers 30 Seconds To Mars and Florence + The Machine took home their first wins for “Best Rock Video” and “Best Art Direction,” respectively.  Justin Bieber was voted “Best New Artist.”

A year after Taylor Swift’s first VMA win was interrupted by Kanye West, the two returned to musically play out last year’s drama, once again on the VMA stage. For an exclusive live performance, Taylor sang “Innocence,” an emotional song she wrote about how she felt after last year’s incident.  Later in the evening and this year as an official performer, Kanye debuted “Runaway” (featuring Pusha T from Clipse), a personal statement on the turbulence of the last year.

MTV aired the 2010 Video Music Awards live on Sunday, September 12 from Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, having transformed the venue into a 1950’s sculptural nod to modernism.  The VMA’s kicked off with an epic performance by Eminem backed by an orchestra to present a medley of his comeback anthem “Not Afraid” into a fiery version of “Love The Way You Lie” with surprise guest Rihanna.  Host Chelsea Handler brought her edgy comedic flair to the Awards, making a dramatic entrance that riffed on Lady Gaga’s extravagant fashion sense, flying onto the stage wearing a suburban house on her head, complete with a single car garage, and ending her monologue by releasing a dove from her dress.  Backstage before taking the stage, Chelsea was shown receiving “encouragement” from well wishers Li’l John, Flo Rida and a score-settling Lindsay Lohan.

Kim Kardashian introduced Justin Bieber, who made his VMA debut performance with an outdoor set of “Baby” into “Somebody to Love” to throngs of adoring fans – including Kim herself who, waving a restraining order, professed she’d nonetheless wait for the young heartthrob in his dressing room.

In another show highlight, the one-and-only Cher presented Lady Gaga with her “Video of the Year” Award, donning the same outfit (yes, she still fit into it) that she barely wore more than 20 years ago in her own memorable video “If I Could Turn Back Time.”

With an intro by Ke$sha and Trey Songz, Usher’s electric entrance and pounding energy brought down the house with a medley of “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” into “OMG!,” showing off his dance moves against an other-worldly combination of visual effects.

The physicality of Usher’s set contrasted with VMA newcomer Florence + The Machine’s ethereal, breakout performance of “Dog Days Are Over,” featuring a large-scale dance number with scores of dancers and percussionists to create a flowing dream-like sequence.

Representing the rock side of the house, Linkin Park extended the VMA stage to include the first-ever performance at the landmark Griffith Observatory, where they performed their powerful single “The Catalyst” against the stunning backdrop of a spectacular Los Angeles sunset.

Hip-hop artist Drake was joined on onstage by Mary J. Blige and Swizz Beatz for a performance of his hit single “Fancy,” set against a supper club backdrop. Shortly following Drake’s performance, Chelsea stumbled upon the cast of “Jersey Shore” in, what else, a hot tub.  Teasing the cast about how dirty the water is, she finally agreed to jump in fully clothed, only to emerge wet and pregnant.
Additional performances included a medley by “dream team” Bruno Mars, B.o.B and Paramore, marking the first time ever that B.o.B. and Hayley Williams of Paramore sang their hit single “Airplanes” together.

Joining this year’s VMA house artist deadmau5 to perform their current hit singles was Travie McCoy, Jason Derulo and Robyn.  The night was filled with a long list of musical artists and stars including: Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, MTV Tr3s Artist of the Year Romeo from Aventura, Sofia Vergara, Jared Leto, Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, cast members from “Glee” and “True Blood,” Ne-Yo, Ellen DeGeneres, the cast of the upcoming film “Jackass 3-D,” Penn Badgley, Selena Gomez, Emma Stone and Ashley Greene.

2010 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS GENERAL CATEGORIES:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

BEST NEW ARTIST
Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris
Title: Baby
Album: My World Part II
Director: Ray Kay
Label: Island Def Jam, RBMG
Production Company: Rockhard Films
Producer: Nicole Acacio

BEST MALE VIDEO
Eminem
Title: Not Afraid
Album: Recovery
Director: Rich Lee
Label: Aftermath, Interscope
Production Company: DNA
Producer: Justin Diener

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Eminem
Title: Not Afraid
Album: Recovery
Director: Rich Lee
Label: Aftermath, Interscope
Production Company: DNA
Producer: Justin Diener

BEST POP VIDEO
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

BEST ROCK VIDEO
30 Seconds To Mars
Title: Kings and Queens
Album: This Is War
Director: Bartholomew Cubbins
Label: Virgin Records
Production Company: Hello and Co.
Producers: Jared Leto, Emma Ludbrook, Sheeira Rees-Davies, Melissa Larsen, Dave Robertson

BEST DANCE VIDEO
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

BEST COLLABORATION
Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé
Title: Telephone
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Jonas Akerlund
Label: Interscope, Cherry Tree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: Serial Pictures/Anonymous Content
Producers: Stephanie Bruni, Violaine Etienne and Nicole Ehrlich

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES:

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt
Choreography: Laurieann Gibson

BEST DIRECTION
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

BEST EDITING
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt
Editor: Jarrett Fijal

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
MUSE
Title: Uprising
Album: The Resistance
Director:  Hydra
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Production Company: Humble
Producer: Humble
Special Effects: Sam Stevens

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Title: Empire State of Mind
Album: The Blueprint 3
Director: Hype Williams
Label: Roc Nation
Production Company: Naaila Entertainment
Producer: Abdur Rahman

BEST ART DIRECTION
Florence + The Machine
Title: Dogs Days Are Over
Album: Lungs
Director: LEGS

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO
The Black Keys
Title: Tighten Up
Album: Brothers
Director: Chris Marrs Pillero
Label: Nonesuch
Production Company: Symphony 9
Producer: John Lathan

Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the “2010 MTV Video Music Awards.” Dave Sirulnick is Executive Producer. Garrett English is co-Executive Producer/Executive in Charge of Production. Amy Doyle is Executive Producer. Joanna Bomberg is Executive in Charge of Music and Talent. Jen Jones is co- Executive Producer. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.

Official sponsors of the “2010 MTV Video Music Awards” are 5® REACT™ Gum, freecreditscore.com™, Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid, Rhapsody®, Samsung Fascinate a Galaxy S phone, Taco Bell® and Verizon Wireless.

The “2010 MTV Video Music Awards” was available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.2 billion people via MTV’s global network of 63 channels reaching 605 million households around the world as well as through syndication.  In addition, its convergent programming & content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world.

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Kayne West To Return To The Stage At The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards

Kayne West To Return To The Stage At The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards

Get your twitter fingers ready for more unforgettable moments as MTV announces the first round of artists who will perform LIVE at the “2010 MTV Video Music Awards.” Kanye, Drake and Florence + The Machine will take creative leaps and bring fans an evening filled with groundbreaking performances that will be discussed for years to come. With the highly anticipated release of Kanye West’s new album this fall, music lovers and fans alike will be glued to the screen to see what the rapper has in store for the audience when he hits the VMA stage. This year’s awards will mark the first VMA performance for Grammy® nominated hip-hop artist Drake and UK indie favorite Florence + The Machine, who will perform her 4-time VMA nominated “Dog Days Are Over.” Nicki Minaj, Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Trey Songz, Selena Gomez and Ne-Yo are the first presenters confirmed for the show.  The “2010 MTV Video Music Awards” will air live from Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 9PM (Live ET/Tape delayed PT.) MTV will announce additional performers, presenters and host on a later date.

“To be performing and nominated at this years VMA’s is completely amazing and especially for the song ‘Dog Days.’ I recorded that song in a cupboard with no instruments and the sound of the drums was me banging my hands on the wall, clacking pens on Mpc’s and generally causing a cacophony with anything I could lay my hands on.,” said Florence + The Machine. “For this song to be recognized at such an iconic event is a total dream. For me ‘Dog Days’ symbolizes apocalyptic euphoria, Chaotic freedom and running really really fast with your eyes closed. I hope to somehow encapsulate those things in my performance at this years VMA’s. I would also hugely like to thank everyone at the VMA’s for giving me this opportunity.”

Viewers can vote for general VMA categories, including “Best New Artist,” by visiting vma.mtv.com. In addition, text voting for “Best New Artist” is open to all wireless carrier subscribers by texting BNA to 97979. Voting continues through the show, live on September 12.  Also, Verizon Wireless subscribers can vote in all categories by texting VMA to 97979 (standard message rates apply.)

Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the “2010 MTV Video Music Awards.” Dave Sirulnick is Executive Producer. Garrett English is co-Executive Producer/Executive in Charge of Production. Amy Doyle is co-Executive Producer. Joanna Bomberg is Executive in Charge of Music and Talent. Jen Jones is co- Executive Producer. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.

Official sponsors of the “2010 MTV Video Music Awards” are 5® REACT™ Gum, freecreditscore.com™, Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid, Rhapsody®, Taco Bell® and Verizon Wireless.

The “2010 MTV Video Music Awards” will be available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.2 billion people via MTV’s global network of 63 channels reaching 605 million households around the world as well as through syndication.  In addition, its convergent programming & content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world.

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