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Twilight Star Tapped for VMA Preshow


09/10/2009
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(MTV) MTV News takes the red carpet to new heights by giving the audience unprecedented access inside the VMAs during the "2009 VMA Preshow" on Sunday, September 13 at 8pm ET/PT.

MTV News reporters Sway & Tim Kash along with our celebrity guest fashion correspondent, Twilight's Ashley Greene, will bring fans all the red carpet action from right outside New York's iconic Radio City Music Hall.

Inside the iconic venue, reporter Jim Cantiello & Kim Stolz will scour the backstage areas to track down all the VMA secrets and show last minute, behind the scenes prep.

MTV has also tapped popular video blogger iJustine (Justine Ezarik) to be our "Twitter Correspondent" during this year's VMA Weekend and red carpet pre-show. iJustine (twitter.com/iJustine) has a following of more than 600,000 on twitter. Justine will be analyzing worldwide Twitter responses as participants in the VMAs hit the red carpet through a new, engaging, real-time Twitter visualization experience provided by design firm Stamen (http://stamen.com/) and social media monitoring company Radian6 (http://www.radian6.com). Additionally, viewers tuning into the preshow will also get a first-look at the video for the highly anticipated movie "Fame."

Also, MTV will team up with LiveU (www.LiveU.com) in producing live remote interviews with celebrities as they get dressed in their hotel rooms and make their way to the red carpet. LiveU's state of the art system will enable MTV News to transmit via cellular broadband technology without the use of satellites, microwaves or cable.

To get viewers ready for the big night, MTV will air a special VMA episode of "America's Best Dance Crew" directly before the VMA pre-show at 7pm ET/PT. To pay tribute, the remaining four crews will collaborate and perform routines to the best all-time Video Music Awards musical performances.

As previously announced Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Green Day, P!nk, Taylor Swift and Muse are confirmed to perform. In addition, Katy Perry, Ne-Yo, Nelly Furtado, Chace Crawford, Leighton Meester and Miranda Cosgrove are confirmed presenters. Wale and the legendary go go band UCB are the official VMAs house band and will collaborate with artists including The All-American Rejects, Pitbull and 3OH!3. The "2009 MTV Video Music Awards" will air live on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 9PM (Live ET/Tape delayed PT).



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