Jon Bon Jovi and his guitar-slinging sidekick, Richie Sambora, have signed on to join Creed, Lenny Kravitz, No Doubt, Jewel and a host of others at Sunday’s My VH1 Music Awards.
The Bon Jovi tag team will act as presenters at the event, joining fellow presenters Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ellen DeGeneres, Jenna Elfman, Gary Sinise, Christian Slater, Kelsey Grammer, Benjamin Bratt, Chris Isaak, Tommy Lee, Damon Wayans, Calista Flockhart, Isaac Hayes and others at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium to help dole out the awards.
Creed, Kravitz, No Doubt, Jewel, Mick Jagger, Sting, Nelly Furtado and Mary J. Blige will hit the stage to perform as well, while “Will and Grace” star Eric McCormack will preside as host.
If viewers don’t like Sunday night’s show (despite the rich roster of talent), they’ll have no one to blame but themselves. From top to bottom, fans have shaped the program, selecting not only the night’s winners, but also the categories they will compete in.
So far, fans have been throwing their love to U2 and the Dave Matthews Band, showering the acts with six nominations each (see “U2, Dave Matthews Lead My VH1 Music Awards Nominees” ). No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani is running close behind with five nominations, while Staind and Alicia Keys head into the night with four nods each.
Beyond bestowing honors on Favorite Male and Favorite Female, the show looks to settle who has the finest belly button in all the land as Stefani, Britney Spears, Mark McGrath, Destiny’s Child and Jennifer Lopez vie for the Navel Academy award. Meanwhile, steamy entries from Spears, Kravitz, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and the united front of Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & Pink are up for the Is It Hot in Here or Is It Just My Video? award.
In more conventional categories, Kravitz, Moby, Sting, Iglesias and Elton John will duke it out for Favorite Male, while Stefani, Keys, Aaliyah, Madonna and Janet Jackson are up for Favorite Female. Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, U2, Staind and Destiny’s Child will compete for Favorite Group.
Fans can cast their votes at VH1.com, and polls will remain open until the winners are announced.
The awards show will be carried live on VH1 beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 2.