For the 2009 Video Music Awards
on September 13, MTV is cooking up a feast of "Twilight"-y goodness. You probably already know that stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart
and Taylor Lautner
will be on hand to debut exclusive footage from their upcoming vampire saga sequel, "New Moon." But the manna from pop-culture heaven will actually begin before the show kicks off.
During the VMA preshow — which starts at 8 p.m. ET, an hour before the main event — "Twilight" star Ashley Greene
(a.k.a. Alice Cullen) will be our celebrity fashion correspondent
. She'll be on the A-list red carpet, bringing you live updates about what everyone's wearing and chatting with celebs as they make their way into Radio City Music Hall for the show.
Greene will be joined on the carpet by MTV News correspondents Sway and Tim Kash, who will be talking with the hottest artists and celebrities flying into New York to take in the VMA action. Inside the venue, reporters Jim Cantiello and Kim Stolz will be hunting down show secrets and giving live updates of the crazy behind-the-scenes prep for the big event.
We're also introducing to the fold our first-ever Twitter correspondent, Justine Ezarik — a.k.a. iJustine, the Internet comedienne and proud holder of over 620,000 Twitter followers. She'll be integrating Twitter updates into the TV broadcast in a way you've truly never seen before. This won't just be a plain old scroll of tweets, but a live visualization of trends — and it promises to be very cool.
This year, the celebrity interviews will begin even before the stars arrive on the red carpet, as we're utilizing some slick new technology to chat live with celebs as they get dressed in their hotel rooms and make their way to the venue.
And, then, of course, there's the VMA show itself, hosted for the second year in a row by Russell Brand. Performers include Janet Jackson (doing a tribute to Michael), 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 will be in attendance to present awards.
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards will take place this Sunday, September 13, at 9 p.m. ET. Stay tuned all week long for news on additional performers and celebrity presenters.