September 3 [7:55 EDT] -- Puffy Combs, Marilyn Manson, and the rest of this year's Video Music Awards performers spent Tuesday finding their marks and working out the kinks before Thursday's broadcast.
For Puffy, the event is more of a celebration than a performance.
"We most looking forward to seeing smiles on peoples' faces," Puffy said during a break from rehearsals. "We most looking forward to seeing some positive energy in the music industry. We most looking forward, as two young black brothers who've been on MTV, to see the races come together from hip-hop to rock and roll, from black to white to Chinese. Whatever you are, come together, get in Radio City Music Hall, and throw your hands up in the air like you just don't care."
Manson, not too surprisingly, has his own agenda for Thursday's broadcast, but it might not be as harsh as some might lead you to believe.
"I think that someone had to bring some life and some rock and roll to this event," Manson told MTV News. "I suppose they won't be seeing any mutilation of chickens or sex with minors and all of the things the Christians think they would see, but they will see what they want, which is excitement I suppose."
Puffy and Manson will join the Spice Girls, Beck, U2, Jamiroquai, the Wallflowers, Prodigy, and L'il Kim as performers on this year's Video Music Awards Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
The awards broadcast will be preceded by MTV News' live "Opening Act" show at 6:30, which will include performances by Foo Fighters, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and the premiere of Janet Jackson's new video, "Got Til It's Gone."
Catch all the sizzlin', star-packed VMA action direct from Miami on August 28. MTV News' preshow kicks things off at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, followed by big show at 8 p.m.
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