Live From Las Vegas: 2007 MTV Video Music Awards Airs Sunday, Sept. 9 on CTV

     - Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake lead the way with seven nominations
                                   each -
    - Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Timbaland, Foo Fighters, Amy Winehouse,
       Kanye West, Fall Out Boy, Lily Allen and Chris Brown are set to
                                  perform -
             - MTV taps super-producer Timbaland as VMA Maestro -
       - Encore broadcasts available on-demand exclusively on -

    TORONTO, Aug. 7 /CNW/ - CTV announced today that it will broadcast the
MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) live from Las Vegas on Sunday, September 9 at 9
p.m. ET/PT (visit to confirm local listings). It's the second year in a
row the pop culture behemoth will be broadcast on CTV. Performing in the
two-hour show, to be broadcast live from The Palms Casino Resort, are Justin
Timberlake, Timbaland, Foo Fighters, Kanye West, Fall Out Boy Amy Winehouse,
Rihanna, Lily Allen and Chris Brown. The announcement comes as the nominations
for the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards were revealed in New York this afternoon
with Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé leading the nominations with seven each.
    This year, MTV's mission is to revolutionize the 24th edition of the
annual awards show. To help with that goal, innovative music producer
Timbaland has been brought on board as the show's "maestro." Also new for this
year, the artists will create unique and collaborative "one time only"
performances, which means that this year's VMAs will ONLY air on September 9
in its original form - so what happens in Vegas really will stay in Vegas.
Encore presentations of this year's VMAs will be remixed versions created from
the original broadcast plus bonus performances and footage not seen during the
live show and will be available on-demand exclusively at A host and
additional performers will be announced soon.
    In tune with the total reinvention of this year's show, MTV has pared
down the categories to eight to be awarded during the live two-hour show. MTV
also announced the following four new categories:


    -   Male Artist of the Year/Female Artist of the Year - recognizes
        the artist's complete body of work throughout 2007.
    -   Most Earthshattering Collaboration - a new award that recognizes
        the best teaming of creative minds in 2007.
    -   Monster Single of the Year - awarded to that unavoidable super
        smash that you just can't get outta your head!
    -   Quadruple Threat award - honors those boundary-busting artists who
        have conquered multiple worlds including, but not limited to; music,
        fashion, philanthropy, business, acting and dance.

    "We may not own Las Vegas yet, but for one weekend the VMAs will rock
this town," said Christina Norman, President, MTV. "From Justin to Rihanna to
the Foo Fighters, the sheer amount of star power and talent is tremendous and
will no doubt blow the roof off The Palms. And, seriously, this is just the
    As previously announced, MTV is set to program a whole VMA weekend
featuring not-to-be-missed events, appearances and sizzling performances
culminating with the star-studded music extravaganza.
    The Ballots for "The 2007 MTV Video Music Awards" were sent out for the
first time to artists and musical tastemakers as well as to an exclusive
industry group and viewers who determined the nominees for the telecast.
Approximately 50 viewers and individuals representing record labels, music
journalists, video directors and music producers, selected the nominees for
awards categories encompassing such wide-ranging contemporary music forms as
rap, dance, R&B and rock. Ballots are cast online and duplication is avoided
through a special control number assigned to each ballot, which can only be
tallied once.
    In addition to Timberlake and Beyoncé, other multiple nominees include
Kanye West with five and Amy Winehouse with three. A complete list of nominees
for the "2007 MTV Video Music Awards" can be found at

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional
television stations across Canada and has interests in 16 specialty channels,
including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by
CTVglobemedia, Canada's premier multi-media company. More information about
CTV may be found on the company Web site at

For further information:

For further information: Emily Young Lee, MTV, (416) 355-3613,

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