COUNTRY-POP GLOBAL SUPERSTAR TAYLOR SWIFT TO PERFORM NEW SONG FROM HER UPCOMING FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM RED FOR THE FIRST TIME LIVE AT THE "2012 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS"
Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and the 2012 Gold Medal-winning U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team First Confirmed Presenters
Set to Appear LIVE September 6 at 8:00p.m. ET/PT
New York, NY (August 21, 2012) - MTV today announced that superstar, singer-songwriter and six-time Grammy(R) Award-winner Taylor Swift will perform a new song from her upcoming fourth studio album Red for the first time at the "2012 MTV Video Music Awards LIVE from the STAPLES Center on Thursday, September 6 on MTV at 8:00pm ET/PT. In the third VMA performance of her career, the "Best Female Video" award winner will take the stage to give viewers an early listen to what promises to be another meteoric chart-topper for the multi-faceted artist. The network also announced the first confirmed presenters set to appear at this year's show, including: Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and the "Fierce Five," the U.S. Women's Olympics Gymnastics Team that won the team gold medal at the 2012 Olympic games.
Swift joins the extraordinary roster of previously announced performers confirmed for this year's show, which will be a music-lover's paradise filled with head-banging hits and brand new songs from artists that include multi-platinum selling group Green Day; jaw-dropping performer P!nk; megastar Alicia Keys; and British boy band phenoms One Direction, who are first-time VMA performers and nominees. The show will be hosted by Kevin Hart, the actor and comedian known for his sharp tongue and self-deprecating humor, who will leave no stone unturned as he roasts the world's biggest stars in music and entertainment.
Taylor Swift, at the young age of 22, is already a six-time GRAMMY(R) winner, including the youngest "Album of the Year" winner in the history of the music industry's highest honor for her album Fearless, released in 2008. Swift will release her fourth studio album, Red, on October 22, 2012. Her 2010 album, Speak Now, was lauded on Rolling Stone's prestigious "The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time" (by women) list, and Time magazine has named Swift one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She is Billboard's "Woman of the Year," the reigning American Music Awards "Artist of the Year," and both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music's current "Entertainer of the Year." She is also the most awarded star in the history of the Teen Choice Awards, taking home honors for both music and movies. Swift, who writes all of her own songs, has career record sales in excess of 22 million albums and 50 million song downloads. Each of her three studio albums has sold in excess of 5 million copies worldwide, and her most recent album, Speak Now, is one of only 17 albums in the entire history of music to sell more than 1 million copies in a single week. She has had singles top both the country and pop radio charts around the globe, is one of the top 5-selling digital music artists worldwide, and is the top-selling digital artist in country music history.
Earlier this year, Swift wrapped her world tour in support of Speak Now and played 111 shows to more than 1.5 million fans in sold-out stadiums and arenas in 19 countries spanning four continents in 2011 and 2012. Swift voiced the character of Audrey in the 2012 hit movie "Dr. Seuss's The LORAX," and also this year, contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the movie "The Hunger Games." She has hosted Saturday Night Live, appeared in the Garry Marshall film "Valentine's Day," and guest-starred on the Emmy-winning TV drama CSI.
At the Olympics in London, the USA won the country's second women's team gold medal in history (the first was in 1996). The members of the "Fierce Five" are: Gabby Douglas, who also won the women's all-around gold medal; McKayla Maroney, the vault silver medalist; Alexandra Raisman, who won the floor exercise gold medal and the balance beam bronze; Kyla Ross; and Jordyn Wieber. The women, along with other World and Olympic medalists in gymnastics, are preparing for a 40-city, nationwide tour that begins Sept. 8 in San Jose, Calif., and wraps up Nov. 18 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Florence and the Machine and Taylor Swift, 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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