DMX Out; Nelly, Jim Carrey In For VMA Main Stage

For the second year in a row, DMX has been scratched from the performance lineup for the MTV Video Music Awards.

While the rapper certainly possesses the skills to rock the house, DMX failed to appear at dress rehearsals for the VMAs on Wednesday, leading the show's producers to remove him from the list of planned performers at the event.

A similar situation occurred last year, when DMX missed rehearsals for the 1999 Video Music Awards held at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

DMX's loss has become Nelly's gain, as the "Country Grammar" rapper has been tapped to replace DMX on the awards show main stage, with Nelly "graduating" from his planned appearance on the VMA pre-show "Opening Act."

Another late addition to the VMAs is actor Jim Carrey, who will take to the Radio City Music Hall stage in order to introduce a performance by Eminem.

Aside from Nelly, Jim Carrey, and Eminem, other artists and talent set to present or perform at the 2000 Video Music Awards include Britney Spears, Fred Durst, 'NSYNC, Chris Rock, Rage Against The Machine, Jennifer Lopez, and Blink-182, among others (see "Sisqo, Aguilera, More Added To VMAs").

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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