My Chemical Romance, Fergie Performing At VMA Preshow

'Red Carpet on the Rock' preshow airs Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Fergie will kick off Thursday’s Video Music Awards celebration by opening up the “Red Carpet on the Rock” preshow with a performance of her #1 hit “London Bridge.” Joining The show will also feature My Chemical Romance performing their new single, “Welcome to the Black Parade,” for the first time on television.

It will be fans’ first chance to catch Fergie performing solo on MTV, recreating elements of the “London Bridge” video as she celebrates the release of her solo debut, The Dutchess, which drops September 19.

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Viewers will also get their first look at My Chemical Romance performing a song from their forthcoming LP, The Black Parade — a title that shares its name with the alter ego the band took on during the recording of the album, according to an interview with singer Gerard Way posted on My Chemical Romance’s Web site. The central character on the October 24 concept album is named the Patient, and “Welcome to the Black Parade” is part of the album-length journey he takes.

The 23rd annual Video Music Awards, hosted by Jack Black and featuring performances from Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Panic! At the Disco, T.I., the Killers, OK Go, Ludacris with Pharrell, the All-American Rejects, the Raconteurs and Justin Timberlake, will air live from Radio Music City Hall on August 31 (see “Shakira, OK Go Announced As VMA Performers; 50 Cent, Axl, Kanye Join Presenters” ). An exclusive post-show wrap-up will feature interviews with the night’s big winners, celebrity guests, reactions to the show and exclusive backstage updates.

Presenters will include Axl Rose, Lindsay Lohan, Kanye West, Paris Hilton, Diddy, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Pussycat Dolls, 50 Cent, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Chris Brown, Fall Out Boy, Rihanna, Jared Leto of 30 Seconds To Mars, Busta Rhymes, Shaun White, Ne-Yo, Missy Elliott, the cast of “Jackass 2″, Amy Lee of Evanescence, Lil Jon, and Nick Lachey.

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