Though [artist id="1102"]Michael Jackson[/artist] is gone, the King of Pop will be front and center during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Not only will his sister Janet make a musical tribute to her brother with a special appearance to help open the show, but we can now reveal that viewers will get their first look at “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” during the live broadcast, when the trailer premieres on MTV.
Drawn from more than 100 hours of behind-the-scenes footage and produced with the full support of Jackson’s family, “Michael Jakckson’s This Is It” chronicles the last three months of the superstar’s life as he sought to stage a series of 50 sold-out comeback concerts at London’s O2 arena. The film shows MJ developing the show and rehearsing a number of songs during his final days. “Michael Jakckson’s This Is It” is directed by Kenny Ortega, Jackson’s creative partner and the director of the planned O2 stage show. Sony Pictures plans to release the film in theaters for a limited two-week engagement, starting on October 28.
MTV will also exclusively premiere an extended trailer for another hotly anticipated fall movie, “New Moon,” the second installment of the “Twilight” vampire franchise. Stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner will be on hand to debut the footage. “New Moon” co-star Ashley Greene will also be at the show, serving as MTV News’ fashion correspondent on the red carpet during the preshow, which airs at 8 p.m. ET.
The VMAs will be hosted for the second year in a row by British comedian Russell Brand. The evening’s performers include Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Green Day, Pink, Taylor Swift and Muse. Katy Perry, Ne-Yo, Nelly Furtado, Chace Crawford, Leighton Meester and Miranda Cosgrove are set to present awards.
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards air live this Sunday, September 13, at 9 p.m. ET, but New York is celebrating the VMAs all week long! Stay tuned for party coverage, concert reports, behind-the-scenes updates and more.