Bruno Mars, The Black Keys, Avril Lavigne and City and Colour Announced as Performers for the 2011 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS

- The 2011 MMVAs, co-hosted by Selena Gomez air live Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic and Fuse -

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TORONTO, May 13 /CNW/ - Fans will go Gaga for the 2011 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS as MuchMusic announced today more blockbuster performers. Set to rock the block at MuchMusic HQ in Toronto are Bruno Mars, The Black Keys, Avril Lavigne, and City and Colour. Co-hosted by screen and music superstar Selena Gomez, these A-List performers join previously announced Queen of Pop, Lady Gaga, on the MMVAs stage. The fan-tastic event goes down live on Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic and Fuse in the U.S., with the MMVAs RED CARPET SPECIAL at 8 p.m. ET. Additional performer and presenter announcements to come.

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"I'm really looking forward to performing on the MMVAs," said Bruno Mars. "It's my first time doing all this stuff and I find it all very exciting, I hope all my fans in Canada enjoy my performance."

Bruno Mars

There's no denying that Grammy®-winning and 2011 MMVA UR Fave nominee Bruno Mars is out of this world! Not only has Mars lent his other-word-ly abilities as co-writer on dozens of chart-toppers including "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy, and "F*** You!" by Cee Lo Green, his 2010 solo album Doo-wops and Hooligans kicked ass in the charts and got rave reviews. Mars was the most nominated artist at this year's Grammys® Awards with an outstanding seven nods, including Album of The Year, and two nominations for his producing talents (Record of the Year and Song of The Year for "F*** You" produced by his team The Smeezingtons). Mars capped off Grammy night with a win for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Just the Way You Are" and brought the house down with his performance alongside B.o.B and Janelle Monáe. Fans can expect a similar high energy, crowd pleasing performance at the MMVAs.

The Black Keys

For years now The Black Keys  have been building a rabid following of fans through a succession of critically acclaimed albums, and in 2010 they blew it wide open with the release of the album Brothers.  Aside from debuting at #3 on the Billboard Album Chart, Brothers ranked #2 on Rolling Stone Magazine's Best Albums of 2010 chart, while Spin Magazine named The Black Keys Artist of the Year. Not to mention taking home 2011 Grammy® Awards for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals for their hit single, "Tighten Up." Not too shabby for two guys from Akron, Ohio, right?

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne first connected with MuchMusic fans when she stepped out onto the hood of car as a pop-punk tomboy at the 2002 MMVAs red carpet show, after releasing her now six-time platinum debut album Let Go. Since then she's earned seven MuchMusic Video Awards, eight Grammy® nominations, won seven JUNO Awards, sold more than 30 million albums, and graced more than 100 magazine covers worldwide. All this from a small-town girl from Napanee, Ontario! Lavigne is now all grown up and returning to MuchMusic's HQ to perform the hit single from her latest album Goodbye Lullaby.

City and Colour

Diversity and originality is something MuchMusic fans have loads of so it's no wonder critically-acclaimed City and Colour's Dallas Green is an MMVAs favourite. Green's stripped-down, heartfelt performances as City and Colour instantly connected with Canadians, and fans around the world. Exceeding expectations, his debut album Sometimes achieved platinum certification in 2006, the same year he gave a memorable performance at the MMVAs, landing Green a UR Fave Award for Favourite Canadian Artist. City and Colour's sophomore release Bring Me Your Love (2008) debuted at #2 on the Top 200 Soundscan chart in Canada and is also certified platinum. On the heels from a sold-out Australian tour, Green has been garnering praise and recognition the world over and more recently sold out London's legendary Royal Albert Hall.  Now back on home turf, City and Colour returns to perform his newest single "Fragile Bird" taken from his much-anticipated upcoming release Little Hell, out on June 7.

Follow the countdown to the 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 how to vote in the all-important UR FAVE categories. Fans can also stay tuned for the full list of nominees, which is slated to be announced on May 17 on NEW.MUSIC.LIVE. at 5 p.m. ET.

Official sponsors of the 2011 MMVAs include: AERO® Peppermint, Coca-Cola Canada, Get a Load of Milk™, Playtex® Sport®, Procter & Gamble, RIM, STRIDE, Virgin Mobile Canada™, and H&M, designer of the official MMVAs wristband.

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 2011 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS.  The show airs live on Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET with a star-packed Red Carpet special beforehand. Past years have seen kick-ass performances and appearances by Adam Lambert, Drake, Ke$ha, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Down With Webster, The Black Eyed Peas, Nickelback, Rihanna, Jonas Brothers, Hedley, Kellan Lutz, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Nina Dobrev, Paris Hilton, Pauly D, Snooki, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Kanye West, Taylor Lautner, Brody Jenner, Ashley Greene, 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.

For further information:

Theresa Micallef, Much MTV Group, 416 384 3098, theresa.micallef@bellmedia.ca
Alison Salinas, Much MTV Group, 416 384 2865, alison.salinas@bellmedia.ca