The lineup for this year's MTV Video Music Awards just got a little bigger, and a lot more controversial. R. Kelly is no longer trapped in the closet — he's heading to Miami for his debut VMA performance, the channel announced Tuesday.
The R&B singer — who's hit a new stride with his soap operatic "Trapped in the Closet" series — is joining previously announced performers 50 Cent, Coldplay, Ludacris, Shakira, Mariah Carey, the Killers, Green Day, Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West (see [article id="1507671"]"50 Cent, Coldplay Added To Jam-Packed VMA Performers Bill"[/article]).
Kelly is not only one of the more popular acts gracing the stage at Sunday's event, he may be the only one who has to seek permission from a judge to be there. The singer faces child-pornography charges in his home state of Illinois for a case that's been in the pretrial process for over three years (see "When the Gavel Drops"). Kelly is due back in court on September 2.