Cobra Starship, 3OH!3, Kid Cudi Celebrate VMA Weekend In New York

Fefe Dobson, Phoenix also set to perform at MTV parties, beginning Thursday, September 10.

The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, September 13 at 9 p.m. — but you know we wouldn’t limit all the fun to just one day, right?

MTV has decided to stretch the party into an entire weekend (the kind that actually starts on Thursday), and we’ve invited some of the hottest acts in the business to help us out.

On Thursday night, September 10, at New York’s Touch nightclub, the 2009 Video Music Awards and Verizon Wireless present the VMA Weekend Kick-Off Party With [artist id="3068464"]3OH!3[/artist], featuring a performance by the VMA-nominated group And the celebration only continues from there, as we take over some of the city’s hottest spots.

On Friday night, more Moonmen nominees will share the stage at the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza as the 2009 VMAs and Taco Bell present a Concert With [artist id="1239307"]Fefe Dobson[/artist] and [artist id="2402281"]Cobra Starship[/artist]. On Saturday, the party heats up at Terminal 5 for a good cause at the 2009 Video Music Awards and Pepsi Present: A Refreshing Night of Music With DJ Clinton Sparks, [artist id="3066140"]Kid Cudi[/artist] and [artist id="508292"]Phoenix[/artist], a benefit for LIFEbeat, the music industry’s HIV/AIDS prevention charity. (Tickets to the LIFEbeat concert can be purchased by going to LIFEbeat.org, TicketWeb.com or by calling 866.468.7619.)

That all leads up to Sunday night’s big show, hosted once again by outrageous British comedian Russell Brand. Jay-Z , Beyoncé , Lady Gaga, Muse and Green Day are among the performers. Katy Perry, Nelly Furtado, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford, Ne-Yo and Miranda Cosgrove will present. And, of course, “New Moon” stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will be debuting a new, extended trailer of the movie.

The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards will take place September 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Additional celebrity presenters and performers will be announced in the coming weeks. To be the first to find out the inside scoop, follow the Inside MTV Twitter account at Twitter.com/InsideMTV.