Ja Rule, Linkin Park, Usher, Hives, More Added To VMA Bill

Brandy, Sheryl Crow, Vines, P.O.D. also new to night's roster.

Ja Rule, Linkin Park, Usher, Brandy, Sheryl Crow, the Hives and the Vines are on their way to New York’s Radio City Music Hall for the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards on August 29.

VMA nominee Ja Rule joins Crow and budding buzzworthy acts the Hives (who are also nominated this year) and the Vines as the latest additions to a performance roster that already includes Nas, Ashanti, Eminem, P. Diddy, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Pink and Shakira. (Click for photos of this year’s VMA lineup.)

Linkin Park, Usher, P.O.D. and Brandy, as well as “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini and actresses Brittany Murphy (“8 Mile”) and Kirsten Dunst (“Spider-Man”) have been announced as the newest additions to the night’s stable of presenters. (Click for the complete list of 2002 VMA Nominees.)

The additions beef up a list of presenters that already includes Britney Spears, Nelly, B2K, Bow Wow, Avril Lavigne, Enrique Iglesias, Kylie Minogue, Johnny Knoxville and “American Idol” judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, as well as the show’s final two contenders (see “Nas, Ashanti To Perform; Avril, Kylie To Present At VMAs” ).

Catch all the sizzlin’, star-packed VMA action direct from Miami on August 28. MTV News’ preshow kicks things off at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the big show at 8 p.m.

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