Yes! That's me kissing an MTV Moon Man after working the press room at my first MTV Video Awards Show in 2002. MTV just announced the nominees and performers for their annual music video fest that will be held August 31 in New York City.
The show returns to New York and that is the best news of all. I worked the Red Carpet last year and the year before in Miami and it even though it was in an airconditioned tent it was just way too hot and uncomfortable. Not only for reporters, but also for the talent who simply can't afford to look all sweaty in their funky do's on the carpet. The American Airlines Center in Miami was also a terrible venue to organize the show. The massive hall sucks the life right out of the party. The only drawback of the event at the Radio City Music Hall is that the Red Carpet is super short and so I will have tie myself to the ground to avoid being pushed back by the folks of W Magazine or InStyle. Those chicks are rough, believe me.
Good new about this year's event is that the performers will include Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Ludacris, The Killers (again!) and newcomers Panic! At The Disco. With The Killers' Brandon and P!ATD's Brendon it will be a cosy Mormon reunion backstage.
Artists nominated for multiple awards include Madonna (Best Female, Best Dance, Video of the Year, Best Pop), Nelly Furtado (Best Female, Best Dance, Best Pop) and Christina Aguilera (Best Female, Video of the Year, Best Pop). With a bunch of nominations and a live performanc, this event might be the big break out moment for the cuties of Panic! At The Disco. Congrats, guys.
Get all the MTV VMA 2006 scoop here.