[08/09/05 - 12:00 AM]
Shakira and Ludacris Set to Perform at 2005 MTV Video Music Awards

[via press release from MTV]

Shakira And Ludacris Set To Perform At 2005 MTV Video Music Awards

Shakira And Ludacris Join List Of Superstar Performers For Live August 28th Broadcast

2005 VMAs To Include Appearances By Usher, Jessica Alba, Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Lindsay Lohan, Joss Stone, Jeremy Piven, Snoop Dogg, and More

New York, NY � August 9, 2005 � MTV: Music Television today announced that international sensation Shakira and the multi-faceted hip-hop star Ludacris will perform on the �2005 MTV Video Music Awards.� Hosted by Diddy, the 2005 VMAs will broadcast live from AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL on Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 8:00PM (LIVE ET/Tape Delayed PT). Shakira and Ludacris join a list of previously announced performers including Mariah Carey, the Killers, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, and Green Day.

�The line-up of performers for the 2005 VMAs will be the most diverse, star-studded musical experience of the year,� said Christina Norman, President, MTV. �The addition of the Shakira and Ludacris as performers will help take this year�s show to the next level in terms of talent, spectacle, and excitement.�

It was also announced today that the 2005 VMAs will include appearances by some of the biggest names in showbiz including Usher, Jessica Alba, Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Lindsay Lohan, Joss Stone, Jeremy Piven, and Snoop Dogg. More appearances and performers will be announced in the coming days and weeks leading up to the August 28th live broadcast.

Shakira is nominated this year in the Best Female and Best Dance Video categories for �La Tortura,� which along with Daddy Yankee�s �Gasolina� is the first ever all Spanish language video to be nominated for a VMA. This is the first time an artist will perform in Spanish on the VMA�s.

Shakira's spanish-langauge album "Fijacion Oral Volume 1" has sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide since it's release in June, breaking records along the way. In the US, the album enjoyed the biggest single week sales for a Spanish language album in the history of Soundscan. Around the world �Fijacion Oral� has been a #1 album in Germany, Spain, Central America, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Venzuela.

The single "La Tortura" has been a genre-busting sensation in the US, getting airplay on the country�s biggest English dominated Top 40 radio stations while maintaining the #1 slot on the Latin Airplay charts for an astonishing 9 weeks.

Ludacris is nominated for 2005 VMAs in the Best Rap and Best Special Effects in a Video categories for �Number One Spot.� Chris "Ludacris" Bridges has emerged not only as a chart topper and hit maker (his Def Jam South cds Back For The First Time, Word of Mouf and Chicken N Beer have sold over 12 million copies) but also an influential label headand up and coming actor. With critically acclaimed roles in "Crash" and "Hustle & Flow," Ludacris has proven that he has the tenacity and talent to himself to new heights. In addition to entertainment, Ludacris is committed to serving the community and providing opportunities for those less fortunate through the Ludacris Foundation. The Foundation and Ludacris have been honored by Russell Simmons and Rush Philanthropic.

The 2005 VMAs will be presented for the first time on multiple MTV platforms this year giving viewers new ways to experience the show. Exclusively through MTV Overdrive, the network�s hybrid broadband channel, MTV viewers will have unprecedented access to the VMAs, beyond the TV screen.

Salli Frattini and Dave Sirulnick are the Executive Producers for the �2005 MTV Video Music Awards.� Michael Dempsey is Producer and Summer Strauch is Co-Producer. Beth McCarthy-Miller is Director. Kathy Flynn is Event Producer.

The �2005 MTV Video Music Awards� will be available to a potential viewing audience of over 1 billion people via MTV�s 43 channels reaching 429.1 million households around the world as well as through syndication, and its convergent and original online programming will reach the entire online nation, via MTV�s 38 Web sites around the world.

The official sponsors of the �2005 MTV Video Music Awards� are Gap, Jeep, Pantene, Pepsi, Revlon, Saturn, Taco Bell, and Virgin Mobile.

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), owns and operates the following television programming services � MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, mtvU, VHI, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, MTV INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 12 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

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