LINKIN PARK TO HEADLINE FIRST-EVER "mtvU FANDOM AWARDS" AND "MTV FAN FEST" ON JULY 24 AT COMIC-CON SAN DIEGO
Fandom Awards and Fan Fest to Celebrate Diehard Fanboys and Fangirls while Honoring Their Favorite Shows and Movies in a Primetime Special Airing on mtvU and MTV Sunday, July 27
MTV to Launch Ultimate Fan Experience with Linkin Park Providing a Once-In-A-Lifetime VIP Experience with the Band at Comic-Con
New York, NY (June 5, 2014) - MTV's 24-hour college network, mtvU, today announced that multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park will headline the first-ever "mtvU Fandom Awards" and the corresponding "MTV Fan Fest," which will both take place on Thursday, July 24 at Petco Park during Comic-Con International: San Diego. The "mtvU Fandom Awards" is the ultimate celebration for diehard fanboys and fangirls to honor their favorite shows and movies of the past year. On Sunday, July 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, mtvU will bring the best moments from the show to MTV and mtvU in the 60-minute "mtvU Fandom Awards Special," showcasing the musical performances and honoring the fans whose tenacious excitement pushes movies, TV, books and comics from subculture to mainstream worldwide success. mtvU will announce Fandom Awards nominees and voting categories at a later date.
"The 'mtvU Fandom Awards' will reinvent the traditional award show format," said Ryan Kroft, "mtvU Fandom Awards" Executive Producer. "In addition to handing out trophies, we will recognize the achievements of fans and their favorite obsessions with special surprises and experiences. It's the perfect event to reward the fans at Comic-Con, the epicenter of all fandoms."
To further honor the dedicated fans of Comic-Con, the "MTV Fan Fest" will feature a stirring set from headliners Linkin Park, part of a free party at Petco Park open to all Comic-Con badge holders with food, drinks, games and giveaways. The "MTV Fan Fest" will lead into the "mtvU Fandom Awards" on Thursday, July 24.
Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park is gearing up to release their sixth studio album, "The Hunting Party," on June 17. The band will kick off their North American Carnivores Tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars and AFI on August 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida. For further info, go to www.linkinpark.com.
Beginning June 17, fans can enter MTV's latest Ultimate Fan Experience at LinkinPark.MTV.com for a once-in-a-lifetime VIP trip in which one lucky super fan and their guest will get a chance to fly to San Diego for the "mtvU Fandom Awards" at Comic-Con. The day will include a meet and greet with the band and VIP access to watch Linkin Park perform. Additionally, the selected winner will receive VIP tickets to an upcoming "Carnivores" tour date near their hometown, the band's gear signed and shipped to their home (including guitar, bass, key pad) and more. The MTV Ultimate Fan Experience aims to bring fans and artists together in ways that only MTV can.
Eric Conte and Ryan Kroft are the Executive Producers of the "mtvU Fandom Awards." Gina Esposito is the Executive in Charge of Music Talent; Wendy Plaut is the Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent. Joe Buoye is the Executive in Charge of Production.
The "mtvU Fandom Awards" mark the second consecutive year that MTV will be on-the-ground at San Diego Comic-Con honoring the fans. In 2013, the "MTV2 Party in the Park" at Petco Park, featuring performances from Dillon Francis and New Politics, attracted thousands of fans and garnered significant buzz as one of the best parties at Comic-Con.
For more information on the "mtvU Fandom Awards," visit FandomAwards.MTV.com, mtvU.com or MTVPress.com.
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About Linkin Park:
Linkin Park is a Grammy-Award-winning, multi-platinum alternative rock band comprised of co-lead vocalist, Chester Bennington, drummer/percussionist, Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave 'Phoenix' Farrell, DJ, programmer Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda - co-lead vocals, keyboards, guitar. The band has sold over 50 million albums worldwide, and is the biggest band on Facebook - with over 61 million fans and counting. In the span of time since 2000, when Linkin Park debuted on the Billboard 200 - no other artist has had more top 10 singles on the Alternative chart, and no other band has achieved more #1 albums this century. On their most recent touring cycle, the band played to over a million people, in 79 shows, on six continents. In 2005, Linkin Park founded Music For Relief, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Since its inception, Music For Relief has raised over 6 million dollars for victims of multiple disasters across four continents. The organization was recognized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for the Download to Donate program to raise funds and awareness in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. In recognition of its humanitarian work, Linkin Park received a 2011 Global Leadership Award from the United Nations Foundation. The band is gearing up to release their sixth studio album, The Hunting Party (Machine Shop Recordings / Warner Bros) on June 17, 2014.