Nominees Announced for the 2011 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS

- Stellar list of nominees include Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, and Lady Gaga -

- Fans can have their say now in the UR FAVE category on mmva.muchmusic.com -

- MMVAs wristbands giveaway announced for June 10 -

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TORONTO, May 17 /CNW/ - The stars came out today for the pre-party before THE party, as MuchMusic announced the nominees for the 2011 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, live on NEW.MUSIC.LIVE. Audience members joined the NEW.MUSIC.LIVE. team and special guests Down With Webster, Alyssa Reid, and Belly to announce that pop-rock princess Fefe Dobson and R&B star Shawn Desman, along with Down With Webster lead the charge with four nominations each. Co-host Selena Gomez grabs two nominations and first time nominees include Neverest, JRDN, P. Reign, Shad, and Candy Coated Killahz. The most anticipated (and loudest) live street party of the year airs Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic in Canada and Fuse in the U.S. The MMVAs RED CARPET SPECIAL gets it all started at 8 p.m. ET.

Media Note: A complete list of MMVAs nominees is available at muchmusic.com. For artist photography, go to bellmediapr.ca/muchmusic.

"Every year, the MMVAs are the most epic street party with the hottest celebs, but more importantly they are a celebration of the Canadian music video industry," said Sheila Sullivan,Executive Producer, 2011 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. "This year's vast nominees list honours the artist - newcomers and MMVA veterans, as well as those who make the magic happen behind the camera."

Fans can get involved behind the scenes by helping pick the winner in each UR FAVE category - UR FAVE Video, UR FAVE International Artist, and UR FAVE Artist.  Fans can vote by "liking" their faves at mmva.muchmusic.com.

MMVA wristbands will be given away on Friday, June 10 during NEW.MUSIC.LIVE. Stay tuned to Much, muchmusic.com, and follow @muchmusic for more details.

For those who aren't in Toronto, MuchMusic has it covered. Joining forces with several media partners MuchMusic is offering the ultimate flyaway opportunity for fans to join the party of the year. Additional information on these will be available in the coming weeks on mmva.muchmusic.com and with the following partners:

 
Radio
Calgary - Kool-FM
Edmonton - Virgin 104.9
Halifax - The Bounce
Halifax - C100
Hamilton - K-Lite FM
Kingston - FLY FM
Kitchener - KOOL FM
Montreal - Virgin 96
Peterborough - Energy 99.7
Red Deer - Kraze 103
Sudbury - Hot 93.5
Toronto - Chum FM 104.5
Toronto - Flow 93.5
Vancouver - The Beat 94.5
Vancouver - Virgin Radio 95.3
Victoria - KOOL FM

 
Online
dose.ca

Previously announced performers include Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Avril Lavigne, The Black Keys, and City and Colour. Selena Gomez is also set to perform and takes on co-hosting duties.

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.

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.

Media accreditation is open until Tuesday, May 31. Apply here.

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.

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For further information:

Alison Salinas, Much MTV Group, 416 384 2865, alison.salinas@bellmedia.ca
Amy Doary, Much MTV Group, 416 384 2593, amy.doary@bellmedia.ca

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