Sunday, September 13 at 9PM ETHosted by: Russell Brand
Location: New York, NY
After a number of years out wandering around the country, the MTV Video Music Awards are coming home to New York!
Mark your calendars, because the retaking of Manhattan will take place on Sunday, September 13, 2009
, and mark these words: this city will never be the same again.
Call it a takeover, if you will, because the 2009 VMAs will have performances staged all over Manhattan including in the storied Radio City Music Hall
where we popped our Moonman cherry way back in 1984. After that one, we were surprised they'd have us back, but they did. So did New York City. In fact, 2009 will mark the 14th time that Gotham will serve as the backdrop for the VMAs.
And our VMA homecoming also marks the return of Russell Brand, who will host the show for a second year in a row.
That's right. The same Russell Brand who pulled an unwitting Britney Spears into a golf cart after her third VMA win and whisked her away to watch Kanye West in the final performance of the night. Brand also managed to freak out Jonas Brothers fans everywhere when he got all sorts of nasty discussing the Jo Bros' purity rings. He's funny.
You should also know that we've lined up performances by Taylor Swift and Muse. Swift is planning to unveil a never-before-heard version of her song "You Belong From Me,"
from her latest album, Fearless. And she certainly isn't timid about making her performance big for the VMAs. "I love incorporating theatrics into my performances, and the VMAs have always allowed artists to run with that," Swift said. Whatever she runs with is bound to leave us breathless.
And Muse? Well, the British rockers will be making their U.S. television debut on the VMAs with a performance of "Uprising" from their new album, The Resistance, due out just days after the VMAs.
Yes, it's big stuff, but Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy also views their VMA debut as "another great excuse to hang out in New York City for a few days." Agreed.
You see, the MTV Video Music Awards is nothing short of the most musically driven, celebrity-packed, insanely thrilling and, ultimately, the most-talked about awards show on television. Hands down. You can't beat this one. People have tried, but they've failed miserably. There's a reason this is the party to attend, no matter where we throw it. It's flat out awesome.