If you’re going to Las Vegas, you’d better bring your “A” game, because the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards have tapped Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls to help kick things off Sunday night during “The 2007 VMA Pre-Show Royale” — and she’ll be joined by none other than the Hottest MC in the Game, Lil Wayne. The performance will take place at the Mint, the high-roller poker room of the Palms Casino Resort, during the preshow, which will start at 8 p.m. ET.
The preshow will also feature the full MTV News team scattered throughout the Palms interviewing nominees, performers and other high rollers on the casino floor, and in the pimped-out Fantasy Suites where many of the nights biggest stars will perform and party (see “Vegas, George Clooney-Style: Inside The Palms’ Fantasy Suites” ).
In addition to Nicole and Weezy blessing the pregame, the main show has added another clutch of performances: Alicia Keys, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Mastodon and System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, and Josh Homme and Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of the Stone Age will join the previously announced roster of performers, which includes 50 Cent, Kanye West, Fall Out Boy, Chris Brown, Foo Fighters, Rihanna, Common, Nelly Furtado, Gym Class Heroes, Akon and Soulja Boy, T-Pain, Cee-Lo and Daniel Merriweather (see “50 Cent, Akon, Soulja Boy Added To List Of VMA Performers” ).
The list just keeps getting longer — and even hotter — for the presenters as well, which will now include Diddy, Sarah Silverman, Kid Rock and “Superbad” stars Seth Rogen and Bill Hader taking the stage along with such previously announced presenters as Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Pamela Anderson and Shia LaBeouf.
Along with their stage-rocking duties, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland are set to host a Fantasy Suite party, with the very busy Timbaland also serving as official maestro of the VMAs. Fall Out Boy and Foo Fighters are set to perform at their own Fantasy Suite parties as well. Critically acclaimed producer, artist and DJ Mark Ronson is scheduled to rock the VMA party in the Pearl with help from his turntables, horn section and surprise guests, while dozens of VIP-only bashes are already booking up clubs all over Sin City.
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