FUNNYMAN KEVIN HART TO HOST THE “2012 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” LIVE FROM THE STAPLES CENTER ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 AT 8:00 P.M. ET/PT
WORLDWIDE SUPERSTAR P!NK SET TO ROCK THE STAGE WITH THE PERFORMANCE DEBUT OF A SONG FROM HER HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM
MTV brings the side splitting, in your face comedy of Kevin Hart to the biggest night in music as he hosts the “2012 MTV Video Music Awards.” The network today announced that the actor and comedian, known for his sharp tongue and self-deprecating humor, will leave no stone unturned as he roasts the world’s biggest stars in music and entertainment. Additionally, quintessential megastar and five-time MTV Video Music Award winner, P!nk is confirmed to hit the VMA stage for the third time in what promises to be yet another memorable performance to debut a new song from her upcoming sixth studio album. In keeping with the “MTV Video Music Awards” tradition, the night will feature extraordinary performances from today’s biggest artists in music, including previously announced VMA performers Alicia Keys and One Direction, and appearances from leading actors and actresses in television and film. Since nominations were announced last week, fans have cast nearly 10 million votes. The VMAs have dominated social chatter, generating seven worldwide Twitter Trending topics on day of announcement alone. The “2012 MTV Video Music Awards” will air live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. MTV will announce additional performers and presenters at a later date.
“This is huge, wait this is bigger than huge, this is bigger than what’s bigger than huge.” I’m overwhelmed with excitement....sh*t is about to get real.” – Kevin Hart
“I think what makes the VMA’s such a powerful night is the unpredictability of it all and the versatility of artists – all from different genres and it’s kind of the most rock and roll show out there.” – P!nk
With comedic wit unlike any other, Kevin Hart shot to superstardom when he starred in the 2012 comedy box office smash Think Like a Man, an adaptation of the Steve Harvey New York Times best seller, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.” The film grossed over 90 million at the domestic box office, catapulting Kevin Hart into the realm of mega star. In 2011, Hart released his critically acclaimed stand-up feature film, Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain, in which he was compared to Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy. The film also cultivated sayings “You gon’ learn today,” and “Say it with your chest,” which have become favorites amongst Hart’s four million plus Twitter followers. The Laugh at My Pain DVD hit double platinum in February 2012, after being on sale for a month.
Hart is currently on tour with his new show “Let Me Explain,” which will take him to 90 cities in the US, and internationally to cities in Europe and Africa. The final leg of the tour starts on 9/8/2012 in Europe with stops in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and the UK including London’s O2 Arena. It picks up in the US on 9/21 in Indianapolis, and goes through 12/31 with stops in Chicago, Oakland, Phoenix, Dallas, Cleveland, Philadelphia and NYC's Madison Square Garden. Check livenation.com for more info.
Since her debut in 2000, P!nk (Alecia Moore) has released 6 albums (Can’t Take Me Home, M!ssundaztood, Try This, I’m Not Dead, Funhouse, Greatest Hits So Far!!!), sold over 32 million albums, 65 million singles (nearly 20 million digital tracks), over 1 million DVDs worldwide and has had 12 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. In addition, 15 of P!nk’s singles have reached #1 in at least 1 or more countries. She is the recipient of 3 Grammy Awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards, 5 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 MTV Europe Awards, 2 People’s Choice Awards, and many more. P!nk’s last studio album Funhouse debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #1 in the UK, Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland. The album produced the smash single “So What”, which marked P!nk’s 2nd #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 (after “Lady Marmalade”). Her latest album, Greatest Hits So Far!!! debuted in the Top 10 in over 13 countries and spawned the hit singles, “F**ckin Perfect” which reach # 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “Raise Your Glass” which marked P!nk’s 3rd #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
P!nk is set to release her 6th studio album, The Truth About Love on September 18th. The first single “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” has sky-rocketed to the top of music charts all over the world and marks P!nk’s 12th Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
Viewers can vote for general VMA categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Best New Artist,” and more by visiting vma.mtv.com online or m.mtv.com on their mobile phone. In addition, “Best New Artist” is available for voting via all wireless carrier subscribers by texting BNA to 22444 or by visiting MTV’s official Facebook page. Voting for all VMA categories, except “Best New Artist,” will end on August 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Voting for “Best New Artist” continues through the show, live on September 6. Verizon subscribers can vote on all categories via SMS by texting VMA to 22444 (standard message rates apply.) In addition voters that text VMA to 22444 are automatically entered into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2013 Video Music Awards.
Since the first MTV “Video Music Awards” aired in 1984, the VMAs instantly earned its reputation for delivering the most popular bands and artists to create the loudest, most influential and at times, the most controversial, annual live celebration of music in the world. No other award show has been responsible for creating more memorable or bigger musical moments in pop culture history than the MTV “Video Music Awards.” From Madonna, Michael Jackson, Guns N’ Roses, Eminem and Nirvana to Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Beyoncé and Florence and the Machine, an appearance on the VMA stage can forever change the trajectory of an artist’s career in a single night.
The “2012 MTV Video Music Awards” will air across MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching more than 600 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming and content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world. Ratings for the 2011 VMAs were up +30% YOY internationally, and the show was one of MTV’s top performers in key markets across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia.
Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the “2012 MTV Video Music Awards.” Amy Doyle, Garrett English and Dave Sirulnick are Executive Producers. Joanna Bomberg, Jen Jones and Lee Lodge are Co-Executive Producers. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.
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