The 2013 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS are set to cause "Heart Attacks" as Demi Lovato is announced as first performer

2013 MMVAs Air Live on MuchMusic, June 16

- Nominees in the three Your Fave categories also announced -
- Fans in the U.S. and Canada can visit mmva.muchmusic.com to choose the wildcard nominee in each category -
- MMVAs to simulcast live on Fuse in the U.S. for the fourth year -

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TORONTO, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Get in line, Lovatics! MuchMusic kicks off the most exciting award show on the planet with a big name and a big voice as Demi Lovato @ddlovato is the first performer announced for the 2013 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. The X FACTOR judge, pop music role model, and all around teen sensation is making her MMVAs debut with what is sure to be a show-stopping performance. The star-studded night begins with the 2013 MMVAs RED CARPET SPECIAL on Sunday, June 16 at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the live show at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic and Fuse.

Keeping with MMVA tradition, Much kicks off the biggest block party in the world with not only a mega-artist announcement, but also the launch of the Your Fave nominees. Viewers are in control of this fan-driven award in three categories - Your Fave International Artist/Group, Your Fave Video, and Your Fave Artist/Group. As one of the nominees in the Your Fave International Artist/Group category, Lovato celebrates her first MMVA appearance with not only a performance, but also a nomination (see below for additional nominees).

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"I am so excited to perform for the first time at the MMVAs," said Demi Lovato. "I always love coming to MuchMusic and am thrilled to be a part of this year's show!"

"We are elated to welcome Demi and her extreme talent to the MMVAs for the first time," said Sheila Sullivan, Executive Producer, 2013 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. "Demi Lovato blends pop music superstardom with an exceptional realness that has made her fans fall in love with her. I am very excited to see what she will bring to our stage and the fans this year."

In the last five years, Demi Lovato has become an international star. Her debut album Don't Forget debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Gold in the U.S. Lovato's sophomore release Here We Go Again, included the hit title single which became Lovato's first Top 40 hit as a solo artist. Lovato followed with a third studio album, Unbroken, in September 2011, accompanied by her MTV documentary special, STAY STRONG, about Lovato's recovery. In May 2012, Lovato became a judge on the highly-anticipated talent series THE X FACTOR. Her upcoming album Demi, is set for release on May 14, and includes her current Platinum hit single, "Heart Attack".

Fans can help Demi get one step closer to her first MMVA! Right now, Lovatics can go online to mmva.muchmusic.com or cast their vote via mobile device for any of the three, 2013 MMVA Your Fave awards including Your Fave Video, Your Fave Artist/Group, and Your Fave International Artist/Group. Additionally, each of these three categories include a special Wildcard slot. Viewers are in control as they vote for the fifth and final nominee (the Wildcard) in each of the Your Fave categories. Wildcard voting closes Monday, May 20 at 12 midnight ET. The winning Wildcard nominees, along with the full lineup of the 2013 MMVAs nominees, will be announced on Much's flagship show, NEW.MUSIC.LIVE., in the coming weeks.

The 2013 Your Fave Nominees and Wildcard choices are:

Category: Your Fave Video of the Year

Nominees are:
1. Classified - "Inner Ninja"
2. Drake - "Started From The Bottom"
3. Hedley - "Kiss You Inside Out"
4. Marianas Trench - "Stutter"
5. Wildcard Choices are:

  1. Anjulie - "You and I"
  2. Billy Talent - "Surprise Surprise"
  3. Deadmau5  - "The Veldt"
  4. The Sheepdogs - "Feeling Good"
  5. The Weeknd - "Wicked Games"

Category: Your Fave International Artist/Group of the Year

Nominees are:
1. Demi Lovato
2. One Direction
3. PSY
4. Taylor Swift
5. Wildcard Choices are:

  1. Bruno Mars
  2. Justin Timberlake
  3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  4. P!NK
  5. Rihanna

Category: Your Fave Artist/Group of the Year

Nominees are:
1. Carly Rae Jepsen
2. Deadmau5
3. Drake
4. Justin Bieber
5. Wildcard Nominee Choices are:

  1. Hedley
  2. Marianas Trench
  3. Tegan and Sara
  4. The Weeknd
  5. Walk Off The Earth

Fans can follow the countdown to the 2013 MMVAs on MuchMusic.com or on Twitter @MuchMusic to get the latest announcements on performers, presenters, celebrity guests, the chance to win big prizes, and updates on the all-important Your Fave Wildcard voting.

For the fourth year in a row, the MMVAs are simulcast live in the U.S. on Fuse, the national music television network of The Madison Square Garden Company. Additionally, MusiquePlus will air the show, Monday, July 1 at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Accreditation for the 2013 MMVAs opens Monday, May 13, 2013 and closes Monday, May 27, 2013. Requests can be submitted online at bellmediapr.ca/muchmusic. Full details to follow upon confirmation of accreditation.

Official sponsors of the 2013 MMVAs include: BlackBerry®, Coca-Cola Canada Ltd., H&M, Procter & Gamble, SUBWAY® Restaurants (© 2013 Doctor's Associates Inc. SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor's Associates Inc.), Virgin Mobile Canada™, WONKA® NERDS® (WONKA® and NERDS® are registered trademarks of Societe des Produits Nestle S.A., Vevey Switzerland).

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About the MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS
MuchMusic gives fans the experience of a lifetime by putting them as close as humanly possible to their favourite artists and celebrities at the 2013 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. The show airs live on Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET with a star-packed Red Carpet special beforehand at 8 p.m. ET. Past MMVAs performers and presenters include: Adam Lambert, Avril Lavigne, The Black Eyed Peas, The Black Keys, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen, Colin Farrell, Down With Webster, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Hedley, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Kellan Lutz, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, LMFAO, Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, Pauly D, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Snooki, Snoop Dogg, Taylor Lautner, and many more. At the MMVAs, the audience is the priority; Much gives them the best seats in the house, whether a foot from the stage or a foot from a television, computer, or mobile phone. Fans should hit up Much regularly at muchmusic.com or Twitter @MuchMusic for the most up-to-date info about the event of the year.

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For more information on the 2013 MMVAs:
Noreen Hamid, Much MTV Group, 416.384.3259, noreen.hamid@bellmedia.ca
Nicola Krishna, Much MTV Group, 416.384.5276, nicola.krishna@bellmedia.ca