The list of presenters for the MTV Video Music Awards just got longer — 7 feet and 1 inch longer, to be exact.
Shaquille O’Neal joins Brandy, Nick Lachey, Shakira, Evanescence’s Amy Lee, Mase, Beastie Boys, John Mellencamp, Omarion and Queen Latifah in the latest crop of celebrities confirmed to take the stage as presenters at the 2004 VMAs.
Upping the fashion ante are Outkast, who come on board to perform at the annual event. The Polyphonic Spree, meanwhile, will fill the ambient orchestral slot at the August 29 show, taking place at Miami’s American Airlines Arena.
Outkast and the Polyphonic Spree join previously announced performers including Usher, Kanye West, Yellowcard, Lil Jon, Jet, Petey Pablo, Hoobastank, Jessica Simpson, Ying Yang Twins and Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe.
The newest batch of presenters helps add a bit of athleticism, style and an old-school vibe to a list that already included Jennifer Lopez, Hilary Duff, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon, Will Smith, P. Diddy, Paris Hilton, Lenny Kravitz, Tony Hawk, Ludacris, Ashlee Simpson, LL Cool J and Jon Stewart.
Jay-Z leads the nominees this year, with six nods for his “99 Problems” clip including Best Video of the Year, Best Male Video and Best Rap Video. Jay’s pal Beyoncé, as well as No Doubt, Usher and Outkast, follow close behind with five nominations each.
The highly coveted Viewer’s Choice Award will be determined this year by the VMAyhem Viewer’s Choice Playoffs, which allowed MTV.com users to narrow a list of 40 videos down to five nominees through head-to-head video battles. The nominees for this year’s Viewer’s Choice Award are Christina Aguilera’s “The Voice Within,” Good Charlotte’s “Hold On,” Linkin Park’s “Breaking the Habit,” Simple Plan’s “Perfect” and Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue.” Voting for the nominees begins Wednesday (August 18).
Also announced on Wednesday are a number of MTV events taking place in Miami in the days leading up to the VMAs. Among them are Saturday’s VMA Kickoff Event, to be held at Margaret Pace Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with performances by Mario Winans and Carl Thomas. MTV will also unveil its legendary Moonman, which has been given a Miami makeover.
On August 27, MTV will host a VMA Block Party on Club Row from 7 p.m. to midnight with performances by Pitbull, Lil Scrappy, 8Ball and MJG, and Kevin Lyttle, among others. Lil Jon, Chingy and Xzibit are among the artists slated to make appearances at this pre-VMA event.